Law Enforcement and Field Training: The Evolution of a Decades-Old Process for Modern Departments

Borne from a bureaucratic personnel issue turned tragedy, the San Jose Police Department’s “Field Training Plans” are arguably the most influential addition to industry training protocol in half a century—and undoubtedly the most widespread. Using their Field Training and Evaluation Program as a starting point, this paper will discuss the practice, its influence, and the positive impact technology can have in its continued evolution

Explaining Software Purchases: Your Guide to Planning for, Explaining Tech Upgrades

Making good software purchases requires more than technical knowledge—persuasion skills and a deep knowledge of your agency’s inner workings are critical, too. Whether tasked with explaining an existing purchase or asking for permission to cut the check, here are tips you need to ensure your purchase looks like the good idea you know it is.

For Responders, Vehicle Technology Provides a Vital Link in the Field

In a field known for its iconic technology, the vehicles first responders drive are arguably the most visible—and high-tech—tools of all. A slate of innovation has kept autos across branches highly capable, helping organizations with appropriate budget bandwidth achieve better support for their most important tasks.

2019-03-14T13:43:02-04:00February 27th, 2019|Community & Culture, Training & Equipment|

Law Enforcement Militarization is Complex, Polarizing—and Useful, in the Right Circumstances

The ongoing militarization of local and state law enforcement is a highly contentious topic—and one that cuts to the core of American opinion on law enforcement. Amidst a shifting cultural and political landscape, adopting a measured approach to militarization may help agencies attain both their goals and public support.

2019-02-13T10:50:15-04:00February 12th, 2019|Community & Culture, Training & Equipment|

How Cloud Technology Benefits First Response

With its financial savings and seemingly endless list of potential use cases, Cloud technology has become increasingly important to businesses across the private and public sectors in recent years. Though they bring a unique mix of security challenges and needs to the table, first response agencies can also benefit from the technology’s presence if they choose wisely.

2019-01-30T14:39:37-04:00January 29th, 2019|General, Readiness, Training & Equipment|

Technology, Bureaucracy, and Training: The Three Tentpoles of Law Enforcement Accountability

Law enforcement accountability is not just a buzzword or a rallying cry for distraught citizens. It is a major point of focus for agencies and the people they serve. For agencies, achieving greater accountability often requires new techniques, technologies, and training strategies—an especially effective approach when used in combination.