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.
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.
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.
Meridian, ID - The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) has revised its National Certification Program (NCP). The goal of the revisions is to encourage more law enforcement training providers to participate in the NCP and thus, provide quality assurance for their police training. Officers and the citizens they serve can be assured that NCP-certified training has been thoroughly reviewed and meets the highest standards for law enforcement training nationwide.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Fire officers face more problematic legal issues in today’s work environment than ever before. In the absence of appropriate documentation, even the most prepared department will not be able to prove the various ways they invested in the development of appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities for their team. Should this preparation be called into question, proper documentation gives you the best chance of solid defense in the event of litigation. Gerry Roberts, JD will discuss how the documentation you may be doing to achieve accreditation can also improve your legal defensibility.
Issues of gender and race sit at the core of many concerns facing public safety agencies —particularly recruiting. While agencies wishing to refine their minority- or gender-based recruitment efforts face a challenge, the payoff for a successful effort is more than worth it.