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.

Cross Training: The Risks and Rewards of Consolidating First Responder Skills

As those who work within the fire, law enforcement, and EMS fields know, there is very little middle ground between those who favor cross training—often referred to as “consolidation,” or the act of training one professional group with some combination of the other two groups’ skills—and those who oppose it. Voices on both sides of this debate make cogent points. Though the practice has recently come into vogue as a cost-cutting measure, communities may also utilize it as a talent- or staffing-optimization tool, among other uses. However, several potential risk factors and the need for a highly tailored deployment make initial success anything but guaranteed. The purpose of this report is to provide an objective overview on the topic, including relevant facts, comparison of success and failures, and takes on the opinions first responders have expressed regarding this contentious topic.

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.

IADLEST Announces Updates to National Certification Program

MERIDIAN, IDAHO – The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) is pleased to announce the next stage of the National Certification Program (NCP). Training providers who get their courses certified will now receive additional support from both IADLEST and Envisage Technologies, the creators of […]

Correctional Facilities Are Not Immune to Technology Needs — And Its Dependence Will Only Grow

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.

Managing Digital Security: Knowledge, Small Adjustments Key to Avoiding Breach

As technology needs grow in public safety, so too do the risks of ineffective cyber-security. While these risks cannot be entirely eliminated, it is possible to effectively mitigate them by utilizing best practices from the private sector, developing effective policies, and using vendor contracts as an opportunity to delegate responsibilities.

Technology and the Fourth Amendment: Reconciling Law with the Digital Era

Technology and the tenets of American law do not always seamlessly intermesh. As several former and upcoming court cases show, the intersection between the two leads to inconsistent judicial interpretations and opinions. Getting the forces in lockstep will require patience, practice, and precedent. Considering that several emerging technologies currently operate in a gray area of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, the need to align the two is growing.

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For firefighters, health and safety concerns extend beyond fire grounds

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.

Civilian Oversight Holds Promise for Police Accountability — but Problems Remain

Like body cameras, civilian review and oversight organizations have been viewed as a quick fix in the ongoing battle to improve relations between police and the public. The reality, however, leaves several unanswered questions, and little in the way of hard data to back up the practice’s effectiveness.