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.

Envisage Partners with IAFC to Boost Near Miss Reporting System

Chantilly, VA - The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Envisage Technologies have launched a strategic partnership to support the IAFC’s Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System. This partnership will help maintain a safe and accessible platform where fire service personnel who have encountered dangerous situations can share their experiences online to help educate other first responders.

2019-11-05T08:04:46-05:00November 5th, 2019|Fire & Rescue, Local & Tribal, Press Releases, Public Safety|

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|

Can Your Region Benefit from a Centralized Law Enforcement Organization Database?

Once the domain of federal agencies and major software vendors, centralized regional databases have become a growing trend among small and midsized agencies since 9/11: powerful, cloud-based tools designed to track a variety of criminal justice, strategic, and administrative data. While not without challenges, the technology offers great promise to organizations with neighbors willing to participate.

2019-05-22T13:27:33-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Law Enforcement, Local & Tribal|

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

Choosing a TMS: The Hidden Risks of Choosing “Generic” Software

Generic software is simple to use and built for a broad number of potential use cases, but that does not make it the best choice when choosing a training management system (TMS). The unique needs of public-sector organizations are best met by software built to serve the industry—a fact that holds both in the field and in the courtroom, where a lack of effective documentation can bring down even the most stringent training policies. This whitepaper will discuss the hidden and not-so-hidden downsides of “going generic” when considering a TMS by contrasting their value against purpose-built solutions, with topics that touch several aspects of first-response life: fieldwork, cybersecurity, certification, and learning exercises, among others.

Gender in First Response: How Biology and Physiology Shape Male and Female Responders

Gender politics project a considerable presence in most of the working world. So too do ills associated with gender, like sexual harassment and discrimination. The resultant effect is especially pronounced in historically male-dominated fields such as first response, where biases in hiring and testing practices have contributed to an ongoing, undeniable gender gap. Physiological, mental, and societal differences between males and females may further contribute, as can the broad, often volatile range of opinions surrounding gender issues. This paper will explore the biological and societal aspect of first response’s gender gap, reflecting on scientific research, statistical analysis, and real-world examples to provide context and factual basis; it will then discuss the benefits of a gender-aware approach to the hiring and continued employment of first responders of both genders.

Riots are Less Common, Less Deadly — and Still an Ever-Present Threat

Riots and other jailhouse violence have seen a significant drop in recent decades, this despite an ever-growing number of inmates. Though today’s riots tend to be shorter and less harmful than the deadly takeovers of the past, the threat still looms for correctional facilities, their staff, and inmates who do not engage in riots — making awareness integral to the safety of all involved.