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.

How Acadis Meets Your Specific LMS Needs

If you have managed training, you know doing a good job goes well beyond the classroom. Recordkeeping matters, as do administrative functions like inventory, training staff logistics, and enrollment. While you may currently rely on a number of digital and manual systems to ensure your personnel receive the best possible education—and though reliance on “legacy” systems may make you reluctant to pursue an upgrade to your current processes—Acadis represents a better approach: a single platform that considers every aspect of training and groups it into an efficient, streamlined, and modular grouping of tools to help your training program thrive.

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.