Drones: A Legislative Wild West With Serious Concerns for Public Safety Agencies

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.

2019-10-22T14:58:45-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Corrections, Public Safety, Training & Equipment|

For LE, Innovation in Houston Could Bring a Revolution in Handgun Sighting

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?

2019-10-08T11:29:36-04:00October 7th, 2019|Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Training & Equipment|

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.

2019-09-26T13:17:49-04:00September 24th, 2019|Local & Tribal, Public Safety, Training & Equipment|

Body Cameras, Perception, and Optics: Building Transparency With Smart Policy

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.

Document It or It Didn’t Happen

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.

Law Enforcement, Training, and the Value of a Proactive Approach Toward Bias

An “elephant in the room” for many well-intentioned departments, racial bias is extremely sensitive as a topic — and extremely serious as a potential threat to an agency’s stability. For departments, newfound awareness is key to avoiding embarrassing or damaging outcomes, and training – combined with enhanced delivery and documentation tools – can help get there.

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