The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 is officially more than a scare. With a full-blown pandemic settling over the country, both public-facing and internal employees of public safety agencies are at particular risk in terms of infection and transmission.
With COVID-19 disrupting classrooms across the nation, this is a crucial time for many agencies to prepare for moving classes and other training events online. Even though the long-term scope of these disruptions is hard to predict, organizations entrusted with public safety need to ensure they can continue training operations in the face of public health emergencies or natural disasters.
Identity Access Management (IAM) has become a hot topic in information security circles for a reason: Without proper controls in place, digital systems risk major damage via the same accounts accessed by users. Non-technical management and other stakeholders should take particular care to follow these tips.
Wildfire, Wildlands, and the Wildland-urban Interface Reflect Firefighting’s Newest, Biggest Challenge
Wildfires are in the news more than ever, and their impact on communities, the environment, and fire services professionals has never been more apparent. With more houses popping up on the border between wildland and civilization, here are the basics every fire team, regardless of current function, should know.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, have gained a somewhat unsavory reputation, both for their ability to enable such illicit behavior as prison smuggling and for the extreme difficulty lawmakers face in effectively legislating their use. From “lawful” behavior with gaping loopholes to clear-cut illegality, here’s what agencies need to know about the ever-popular device class — and what they can do to defend against them.
Restrictive Housing May Be Under Fire in Fight Against Prison Gangs—but Training’s Value is Constant
For a time, the corrections industry largely viewed automatic administrative segregation (“adseg”) placement as a “silver bullet” to a growing gang problem. Now, with the larger practice of solitary confinement under criticism, it may soon be time to search for new strategies — with the need for better education proving a rare constant.
Last year, the Houston Police Department did something no department of its size had before: allowed officers to train for and — at their own cost — purchase red dot sights for their service weapons. Following this (and similar changes in the civilian firearms world), will the rest of law enforcement follow suit?
Think You Need an LMS? Without a Training Management Component, Your Agency is Already at a Disadvantage
On paper, the difference between a learning management system (LMS) and a training management system (TMS) may seem like simple semantics. In the public safety world, however, significant gaps in functionality between the two make a TMS the clear choice for almost any agency in search of an upgrade. Before risking years of limited training activity, agencies should take a breath and consider exactly what they need from the software they plan to buy – their personnel and the public deserve nothing less.
As most law enforcement personnel are aware, body cameras are a rapidly emerging technology, but with flaws that may be overlooked by the general public. However, inconsistent recording and video retention policies can do more harm to public perception than a lack of cameras altogether.
Fire officers face more problematic legal issues in today’s work environment than ever before. In the absence of appropriate documentation, even the most prepared department will not be able to prove the various ways they invested in the development of appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities for their team. Should this preparation be called into question, proper documentation gives you the best chance of solid defense in the event of litigation. Gerry Roberts, JD will discuss how the documentation you may be doing to achieve accreditation can also improve your legal defensibility.