The recently passed bipartisan First Step Act is expected to reduce recidivism and redefine sentencing laws. For a corrections industry at the center of the recidivism cycle, the next few months should be informative—and possibly industry-shaping.
Changes in marijuana legislation at the state level reflect a highly challenging and contradictory enforcement landscape.
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.
Across the country, public sector organizations have found themselves subjected to an ever-intensifying wave of financially and politically motivated cyberattacks. For responder organizations, taking preventative measures means saving money, protecting privacy, and maintaining public trust—making effective cybersecurity training for personnel a critical first step.
Cooperation. Preparedness. Information sharing. These qualities and capabilities are what keeps governments at the federal, state, and local levels ready to confront the looming threat of terrorism — and changes made in the wake of the 9/11 attacks only prove their value.
For many, the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks is a time of deep remembrance. With the 17th anniversary drawing near and the 20th soon to follow, these seven statistics illustrate the sheer impact of the events — and the ways victims, responders, and their families continue to suffer nearly two decades removed.
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.
In many ways, our nation is still recovering from the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001. For first responders who worked the scene, that means struggling both with debilitating physical ailments as well as political threats to take funding for treatment away.