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Officer Training to Improve Crime Scene Processing

By Dena Weiss

High crime volume means that departments do not always have enough crime scene technicians to respond to all scenes. Instead, many departments rely on specially trained officers or public safety aides to handle crime scene processing of less violent offenses. But, these individuals often receive limited training and no refresher courses on crime scene processing. Here's why training is so important so agencies know these officers are following protocol and handling evidence properly.

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Why Security Officers Should Carry Tourniquets

By Travis Naito, Student, Criminal Justice, American Military University

In many ways, security is considered the little sibling to law enforcement. Security officers generally do not have the legal authority of their law enforcement counterparts and are often trained at a lower standard.

However, this mindset is changing.

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Cutting Compensation: Effects of Budget Cuts on Public Servants

By Mason Pooler

In an attempt to reduce Wisconsin’s budget deficit, in 2011 Governor Scott Walker passed Act 10, also referred to as the Budget Repair Bill. The bill affected many areas of government employment, but most notably reduced funding for pension contributions and health insurance, and limited collective bargaining for labor unions representing public employees, including public safety workers. While the state can point to measurable savings because of these budget cuts, what will be the cost to the government in terms of the quality and effectiveness of its workforce?

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Using Threat Profiling to Predict Terrorist Attacks

Using Threat Profiling to Predict Terrorist Attacks

By Erik Kleinsmith

The aftermath of almost any spectacular terrorist attack follows a predictable pattern. Once the immediate shock of the barbarity wears off, there is the inevitable scramble to find information about the perpetrators. It is the enduring challenge of intelligence analysts to discover and analyze such information ahead of time, to predict and preempt such an attack. It is always easier to find this information afterward. But there are some ways to try to get a step ahead of those who would attack. Read more threat profiling techniques and how it's used by intelligence analysts to predict future terrorist attacks.

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Use of Force Training: A Career-Long Commitment

By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

When Dr. Charles Kelly’s son became a police officer in 1998, he became the seventh generation of police officers in the Kelly family. Each generation has experienced remarkable changes in law enforcement, particularly when it comes to the development and adoption of new and revised policies and procedures.

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More Gangs Are Running Sex Trafficking Rings

More Gangs Are Running Sex Trafficking Rings

By Leischen Stelter

Across the nation there has been a dramatic rise in gang-controlled sex trafficking rings. Gangs are turning to sex trafficking because it’s highly profitable and less risky. Here's how police can identify and help victims and build cases to prosecute sex traffickers. 

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Using Body Cameras for Intelligence Operations

By Lisa Kochevar

Body cameras are extremely important tools for intelligence officers and interrogators. The ability to covertly record and later review interactions with sources often leads to a more detailed picture of the intelligence captured during an interaction. Learn more about the benefits of using body cameras for intelligence operations and why this technology helps ensure interrogators reap as much information from an encounter as possible.

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