There Are No Routine Stops for Law Enforcement—and no Easy Way to Handle Safety

Law enforcement organizations have long known the dangers of traffic stops, but statistics often fail to tell the whole story. Dealing with the practice’s uncertainties and unwanted variables effectively means shouldering a certain amount of risk, despite efforts to improve safety on often-busy roadways — a difficult situation for a field intent on keeping its officers safe.

2019-12-11T11:29:25-05:00December 10th, 2019|Public Safety|

FirstForward Adds RMS Integration

BLOOMINGTON, IN — Tracking exposures just got easier for public safety agencies, thanks to an integration between the FirstForward training platform and Emergency Reporting Records Management Software (RMS). The integration will create a simple, automated process for tracking exposures, saving time for […]

2019-12-09T16:11:02-05:00December 9th, 2019|General, Press Releases, Public Safety|

Envisage Named One of Area’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Since 2016, Envisage has grown from 68 to more than 120 employees, and revenue has doubled. The company is committed to ensuring employee success by putting them in the right role and helping them stay healthy and comfortable. This involves, for example, communicating in different ways for introverts and extroverts, providing heathy snacks and beverages daily, and encouraging a work/life balance.

2019-12-03T12:08:11-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Press Releases, Public Safety|

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.

What Timothy Loehmann’s Firing Can Teach Us All About Better Document Management

For the Cleveland Police Department, the officer-involved shooting of Tamir Rice at the hands of Timothy Loehmann was nothing short of a tragedy. For the rest of the nation’s departments, the organization’s activity in the years following the shooting should be a checklist of what police can do better when it comes to document management.

2019-11-06T11:08:48-05:00November 5th, 2019|Community & Culture, General, Law Enforcement, Military|

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|

Restrictive Housing May Be Under Fire in Fight Against Prison Gangs—but Training’s Value is Constant

For a time, the corrections industry largely viewed automatic administrative segregation (“adseg”) placement as a “silver bullet” to a growing gang problem. Now, with the larger practice of solitary confinement under criticism, it may soon be time to search for new strategies — with the need for better education proving a rare constant.

2019-10-22T14:58:45-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Corrections, Public Safety, Training & Equipment|

For LE, Innovation in Houston Could Bring a Revolution in Handgun Sighting

Last year, the Houston Police Department did something no department of its size had before: allowed officers to train for and — at their own cost — purchase red dot sights for their service weapons. Following this (and similar changes in the civilian firearms world), will the rest of law enforcement follow suit?

2019-10-08T11:29:36-04:00October 7th, 2019|Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Training & Equipment|

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|

Lessons from 9/11: Putting health and safety first

Before 9/11, the term, “first responder,” was not widely used, if at all. The term came into common usage in the wake of that horrific day in 2001 to describe the thousands of public health and safety personnel — firefighters, police, EMTs, and others — who responded to the scene of the terrorist attacks, particularly the devastation of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York. While some object to the overuse of the “first responder” term by the media, saying it is more accurate to specify exactly which agencies responded to an incident, the term has continued to be important in addressing the long-term effects of the terrorist attacks on the emergency personnel who were present at Ground Zero.

2019-09-11T10:46:32-04:00September 10th, 2019|EMS, Fire & Rescue, Public Safety|