Should High Schools Teach Students How to Interact With Police?

In Texas, lawmakers recently passed a bill requiring high schools to teach their students how to interact with law enforcement. Similar measures may soon pass in New Jersey, and other states have passed laws adding traffic stop instruction to their driver’s education courses. While proponents of the courses say they are designed to inform students of their rights and increase the safety of law enforcement encounters, others contemplate whether the message is the right one.

Training and Documentation: Two Strong Weapons Against Corrections Litigation

Correctional officers have been called "the unsung heroes of public safety," as the rigors of institutional work can take a heavy toll on both mind and body. But while the physical and emotional impact of the job cannot be underestimated, one of the biggest threats facing correctional officers today is litigation. Thankfully, case law supports the notion that both officers and agencies successfully defend themselves against this threat using carefully-crafted policies, regular training, and thorough recordkeeping.

2018-03-05T14:54:34+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Corrections, Legal, Training & Equipment|

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.