Remembering September 11: Seven Statistics That Matter

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.

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|

Think You’re Hot? So Does Cancer

Firefighter cancer rates can be up to twice as high as those experienced by the average U.S. worker, and a Cancer Firefighter Support Network study shows that with every five degree increase in skin temperature, absorption of dangerous chemicals increases by 400%. Therefore, it's critical for firefighters to track their exposure to extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, and hazardous conditions. Using this exposure information to show probabilities of future health issues can be key to the early intervention that may prolong the lives and careers of firefighters.

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|

Gender in First Response: How Biology and Physiology Shape Male and Female Responders

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.