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Problem-Oriented Policing and Today’s Struggle for Effective Community-Police Relationships

Problem-oriented policing (POP) is a policing strategy that involves crime analysis and working with the community to develop effective response strategies to reduce crime. Many law enforcement agencies have adopted the POP concept as a way to reduce crime as well as build and strengthen community relations, but is it effective?

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Involving Families Is a Valuable Recruiting Tool for Fire Departments

Fire departments across the country are struggling to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters. Small departments in rural areas are especially dependent on volunteer firefighters to serve and protect their communities. Learn how one department in West Virginia has turned to a family-oriented approach in order to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.

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Tackling the Obesity Epidemic in Law Enforcement

In December, the Wall Street Journal released a report that more than 40 percent of police officers, firefighters, and security officers are obese. Similarly, the FBI conducted a study that found eight-out-of-10 (80 percent) police officers are overweight. Missing from both of these reports are reasons why officers are overweight and obese. Here are some of the unique factors that contribute to weight issues for those in public safety.

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Crime Mapping Technology and its Impact on Law Enforcement Intelligence

Crime Mapping Technology and its Impact on Law Enforcement Intelligence

One of the most important technological advancements to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement is the use of crime mapping software, which allows agencies to track crimes occurring in a jurisdiction. By plotting what, when, and where crimes are occurring, law enforcement executives can use the resulting visual data to identify crime hotspots and use this information to allocate resources to areas of repeated criminal activity.

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Paris Terrorist Attacks: How Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Could Have Aided Police Response

The world has watched as horrific terrorist events have unfolded in Paris. These events, and the 17 deaths associated with them, forced law enforcement to take compromised positions against a formidable threat, which could have been reduced with the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Such UAS would provide command staff and officers with instantaneous actionable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information so resources are properly deployed in the safest manner possible.

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The Evolution of ICS Beyond the Fire Service

The Incident Command System (ICS) is an all-hazards management system suitable for responding to incidents of all sizes and complexities. Learn more about how ICS has been applied beyond the public safety realm and been adopted by public-health agencies, disaster-relief organizations, and environmental-regulatory agencies.

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Body-Worn Cameras: Benefits and Best Practices for Police

In an effort to capture evidence about specific incidents involving police officers, more and more agencies across the country are considering the implementation and feasibility of department-issued body cameras. However, law enforcement officers—as well as the general public—have voiced concerns about the utilization of body-worn cameras.

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