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.
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.
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.
The positive outcomes of decades-long programs to train inmates in fire and EMS suggest education can be an effective method of significantly reducing recidivism.
Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a new contract by the State of California’s Department of State Hospitals (DSH). As part of the contract, Envisage will implement the Acadis® Readiness Suite to replace DSH’s legacy training management system for their law enforcement division.
First Responders, as a group, have a unique relationship with technology. The ability to apply technology to fitness, training activities, and established procedures in the first responder field allows for the integration of many technological developments into every day practices. Much of the current excitement around wearable technology in fields like firefighting, emergency medical services, and law enforcement draws from this patience and past success. With enough time to iron out the technical, financial, and bureaucratic details surrounding them, off-the-shelf wearable gadgets and purpose-built tools—along with the software that runs on them—have a chance to realize their full potential.
Private-Industry Management & Training Corporation Selects Acadis® Readiness Suite for Training Management
Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been chosen by private-industry Management & Training Corporation (MTC) to implement the Acadis® Readiness Suite to replace their legacy training management systems for their corrections division.
Envisage Technologies, creators of the Acadis® Readiness Suite—a software solution built to manage the complex training operations for first responder communities—announced today that they have begun offering a mobile application for Apple mobile devices. Acadis Mobile is available for download from the App Store.
State of Michigan Restricts Out-of-State Law Enforcement Training to Include Only Nationally Certified Courses
The State of Michigan recently announced that they will only accept out-of-state training for law enforcement officers that has been credentialed by the National Certification Program (NCP). The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) launched the NCP, created with the primary goal of improving the quality of training provided to law enforcement officers.
In this webinar, Gerry Roberts, JD defines legally defensible training and shares ideas for how to improve your training and record-keeping so that your records have the best chance of providing a solid defense in the event of litigation.