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.
Maximum security requires by definition a “closed system” whereas maximum utility requires “openness.” Is it possible to reconcile these two extremes? Can a highly secure system actually be easy to use? The security systems of the future must be highly convenient, largely transparent to end users, fully integrated across security domains, threat aware, and able to modify security policies “on the fly” in response to changing threat environments.