Career Spotlight: Certified Fraud Examiner and the Power of Open-Source Intelligence

Career Spotlight: Certified Fraud Examiner and the Power of Open-Source Intelligence

Are you interested in a career as a certified fraud examiner? AMU professor Kim Miller, who is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE), discusses the importance of open-source intelligence to help with online investigations. Here are a few of the websites and online tools that fraud examiners use to investigate and locate a person suspected of fraud.

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Ready or Not: The Challenges of Adopting Technology

Ready or Not: The Challenges of Adopting Technology

The speed at which technology has advanced in recent years is mind blowing, but many public safety agencies struggle to understand available technology. The bottom line is that technology is not going away. Leaders and administrators must seek to understand how technology works, how it can be applied, and, most importantly, how it can help further their mission of protecting and serving the public.

In the month of July, In Public Safety will feature articles written by American Military University faculty members about the benefits and challenges of technology in public safety agencies.

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After-Action Report: Learning From Baltimore’s Response to Riots

After-Action Report: Learning From Baltimore’s Response to Riots

Protests in modern society are very different from even a decade ago. Emergency planners and public safety leaders must understand that protests are not always locally driven and they must take an interpretative role to assess and protect protesters who have legitimate concerns from those with intent to insight riots. Striking this balance, as evidenced by the Baltimore riots, is not an easy task.

Read more about the June meeting of the Baltimore City Local Emergency Planning Committee, who met for the first time following the riots and civil unrest. Learn more about the chain of events that led up to the riots, which damaged or destroyed more than 300 stores, and the lessons learned from the city's unified response to this widespread civil unrest.

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Budget Cuts Threaten EMS and Emergency Management Agencies

Budget Cuts Threaten EMS and Emergency Management Agencies

In the wake of the 2008 great recession, budgets and financial concerns have been at the forefront of policy making throughout the United States. Perhaps one of the most frustrating elements about working in emergency management and emergency medical services (EMS) are the constant threat of budget cuts. Citizens are also impacted by such budget cuts and many communities are facing cuts to their 9-1-1 emergency system. Read more from AMU professor Allison Knox about budget cuts and the impacts it has on public safety and emergency response.

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Prisoners’ Manipulation of Correctional Workers: Avoiding the Psychological Trap

Prisoners’ Manipulation of Correctional Workers: Avoiding the Psychological Trap

On June 6, convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from a maximum security prison in New York and remain at large, despite a massive nationwide manhunt involving local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

The primary suspect in assisting the prisoners’ elaborate escape plan is Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell, who worked in the prison as a tailor shop instructor. AMU'S Michael Pittaro discusses the ways inmates seek to manipulate corrections staff and the training needed to educate corrections officers so they do not fall prey to inmate manipulation tactics.

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Captain Phillips at INLETS

Captain Phillips: Never Give Up

Attendees of the Mid-Atlantic Intel & Law Enforcement Training Seminar (INLETS) were treated to some Hollywood star power with a keynote address by Captain Richard Phillips, whose capture by Somali pirates was famously depicted in the movie, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.

Learn more about Phillips' perspective on leadership, his confidence in the power of training, and his unyielding attitude to never give up as the reasons he survived the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama.

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day: The Challenges of Fatherhood in the Force

This Father’s Day weekend is a time to thank all the fathers who work in law enforcement, both current and retired, and to celebrate the strength of law enforcement families. Officers know that being a parent and a police officer—whether you are a mother or a father—is extremely challenging and requires many family sacrifices. The children and spouses of police fathers need to celebrate these courageous men AND officers need to remember what is important in life.

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