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.
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
The arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer drew mass fanfare—but the methods used to get there have been the subject of substantial criticism. The “DNA profiling” technique at the core of the controversy has a long way to go before widespread adoption, and the courts will likely decide its future.
Between their unique staffing model and tendency to work in rural areas, volunteer fire departments face many challenges unique among first responder agencies — and on-demand training’s strengths are perfectly suited to overcome them.
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 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 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.
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.
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.