Failure to manage training records correctly cannot only upend a department's ability to defend itself from criminal and civil claims, but can subject it to claims of spoliation. As the definition and consequences of spoliation continue to broaden, departments must ensure that their records management policies and systems are capable of providing them with the necessary layer of legal defensibility.
With information easier to share than ever before – whether through e-mail, text messaging, social media, or otherwise – recent cheating incidents involving public safety professionals serve as a grim reminder that high stakes testing procedures have not kept pace with advances in technology.
The purpose of this report is to discuss how modernizing the way in which training and compliance records of officers are maintained can save department’s money while increasing an officer’s chances of being defended and, therefore, minimizing a department’s liability.
There are strong correlations between rising temperatures and crime rates. To keep the public safe, leaders need not only to be aware of this relationship, but also to engage peers and the public in developing solutions to the impending resource gaps.
When fitness yardsticks accurately measure the ability to perform essential job functions, first responders are safer and more effective. Inaccurate assessments, however, can result in endangerment of life and extensive litigation.
Use of force occurs in a relatively small number of interactions between the police and public, but the potential costs—in terms of dollars, reputations, and lives—demand that considerable time and resources be allocated toward its management.
Climate change is expected to bring radical increases in global temperatures. This shift in weather conditions can influence human behavior and affect the work of law enforcement.
The rate of success for IT projects, as measured in time, budgets, and features, can be discouraging for government entities looking to invest in better infrastructure. By focusing on business value, identifying helpful features, soliciting client insight, and rethinking what is valuable, however, Agile software development methods are responsible for appreciably higher success rates.
Government organizations at all levels are facing intense pressure to establish and measure readiness: the ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises and natural disasters. Readiness as a concept is easy to grasp in principle, yet exceedingly difficult to implement due to the fragmentation of processes within the public safety sector and a fundamental failure to understand the difference between capacity and capability building to achieve Readiness.