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.
Issues of gender and race sit at the core of many concerns facing public safety agencies —particularly recruiting. While agencies wishing to refine their minority- or gender-based recruitment efforts face a challenge, the payoff for a successful effort is more than worth it.
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.
Initially conceived as an opportunity for state public safety training academies to share information on training management practices, the Acadis Readiness Summit in Edneyville, N.C., bloomed into an event of national significance in its field.
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
As a combined industry, agencies providing emergency response services have enjoyed a long, fruitful history of technological innovation. Today, four contemporary advancements underscore just how much these organizations stand to benefit when tools are adapted to their specific needs and challenges.
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.