In Texas, lawmakers recently passed a bill requiring high schools to teach their students how to interact with law enforcement. Similar measures may soon pass in New Jersey, and other states have passed laws adding traffic stop instruction to their driver’s education courses. While proponents of the courses say they are designed to inform students of their rights and increase the safety of law enforcement encounters, others contemplate whether the message is the right one.
Correctional officers have been called "the unsung heroes of public safety," as the rigors of institutional work can take a heavy toll on both mind and body. But while the physical and emotional impact of the job cannot be underestimated, one of the biggest threats facing correctional officers today is litigation. Thankfully, case law supports the notion that both officers and agencies successfully defend themselves against this threat using carefully-crafted policies, regular training, and thorough recordkeeping.
For Departments Seeking to Improve Public Image, Emulating Dallas PD Promises Both Successes and Struggles
As evidenced by David Brown’s tenure as chief of the Dallas Police Department, community-focused initiatives can be extremely valuable in building a positive public image. However, for departments seeking to emulate his philosophy, they must be mindful that the measures he implemented did not come without cost. By being mindful of and attentive to these challenges, departments can strive to improve both external and internal relations.
Active Listening, Other Communications Skills May Help Responders Deal with “Difficult” Members of the Public
Law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medicine, and corrections are fields often marked by interactions with “difficult” people. Whether their bad behaviors come as the result of a personality disorder or simply a bad day, communications techniques like active listening and de-escalation may be what responders need to provide adequate service — and avoid unpleasant outcomes, such as unnecessary use of force.
The modern correctional industry is undergoing a full-scale tech revolution. But while other sectors of public safety have seen innovation in powerful gadgets, corrections is seeing some of its most powerful innovations in architecture, leveraging existing consumer technologies for industry usage, and "big data" analytics. And as these technologies continue to improve the quality of life for inmates, officers, and citizens alike, they will prove more indispensable with time.
For first responders, automation has the unparalleled potential to bring about systemic changes in their daily routines. While the gravity and timing of these changes remains uncertain, their arrival is inevitable.
The structures we spend our lives in are protected by carefully designed fire codes and improved alarm systems, but the materials comprising them (and the contents therein) are thinner and quicker to burn than ever. Alongside structural damage and the immediate injury concerns it causes, the toxic smoke these smoldering materials emit can cause long-term illness, the chances of which increase with every second a victim or first responder is exposed. For firefighters, this makes tracking exposure to toxic materials a way of life, whether presumptive illness laws are in place to protect them or not.
Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a new contract by the Indiana State Police. Acadis will support legally defensible training and certification records for ISP’s 1,350 sworn law enforcement officers.
In some areas of policing, the line between a training program and its outcome is as clear as it is reproducible. This cause-effect that is easily measured can make it easier for departmental decision-makers to choose the training their officers receive, and it gives those developing and presenting courses a top-of-the-list selling point. Other outcomes are more difficult to measure through the lens of training. Such is the case with police-community relations.
In this webinar, Chief Clive Savacool discusses how to prepare for promotion in the fire service. He focuses on preparation for interviews, your resume, and answering questions in the interview.