Law Enforcement News and Topics

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|

Body Cameras, Perception, and Optics: Building Transparency With Smart Policy

As most law enforcement personnel are aware, body cameras are a rapidly emerging technology, but with flaws that may be overlooked by the general public. However, inconsistent recording and video retention policies can do more harm to public perception than a lack of cameras altogether.

Law Enforcement, Training, and the Value of a Proactive Approach Toward Bias

An “elephant in the room” for many well-intentioned departments, racial bias is extremely sensitive as a topic — and extremely serious as a potential threat to an agency’s stability. For departments, newfound awareness is key to avoiding embarrassing or damaging outcomes, and training – combined with enhanced delivery and documentation tools – can help get there.

Can Your Region Benefit from a Centralized Law Enforcement Organization Database?

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.

2019-05-22T13:27:33-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Law Enforcement, Local & Tribal|

Law Enforcement and Field Training: The Evolution of a Decades-Old Process for Modern Departments

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

Technology, Bureaucracy, and Training: The Three Tentpoles of Law Enforcement Accountability

Law enforcement accountability is not just a buzzword or a rallying cry for distraught citizens. It is a major point of focus for agencies and the people they serve. For agencies, achieving greater accountability often requires new techniques, technologies, and training strategies—an especially effective approach when used in combination.

Choosing a TMS: The Hidden Risks of Choosing “Generic” Software

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.

“Golden State Killer” Arrest Highlights Benefits, Challenges of Cold Case Investigation

For California law enforcement, the stunning announcement that the alleged “Golden State Killer” (also known as the Original Night Stalker) was arrested brought a storybook ending to two-plus decades of investigation. Looking past the media fanfare and controversy surrounding the arresting team’s DNA-checking techniques, the news also brought cold case investigation to the forefront of public imagination: a highly popular, often misunderstood niche of the larger law enforcement world.

2019-01-29T10:56:16-04:00August 7th, 2018|Community & Culture, General, Law Enforcement|

Transparency is Only One Tool in Shattering the “Blue Wall of Silence”

Public trust in police is volatile. A single action can have repercussions nationwide, and law enforcement cultures that overemphasize silence and loyalty can further damage public perception. While transparency measures are a good step toward rebuilding trust, they are not the only tool departments can use—nor should they be treated as such.

2018-07-26T13:19:29-04:00July 24th, 2018|Community & Culture, General, Law Enforcement|