Technology Is Making Us Safer, But Always More Work To Be Done

Technology Is Making Us Safer, But Always More Work To Be Done

There have been great advancements within public safety technology that have helped make communities safer and first responders more capable. However, there are always gaps present and areas in need of improvement. Major incident responses—such as Sept. 11 or Superstorm Sandy—exposed issues that need to be resolved to improve public safety response. As a result of the after-action reviews of these major incidents there was a national push to improve technology, especially technology involved in communications. AMU professor Giles Hoback discusses the benefits of such technology and the ongoing need for public safety agencies to embrace constant change.

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Concealed Carry on Military Facilities? Police Response Must Be Considered

On July 16, a lone gunman opened fire on a military recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, ultimately killing four Marines, one sailor, and injuring two more people. In the wake of this attack, there has been considerable public discussion about granting servicemembers the use of concealed weapons on military installations. But before enacting such a policy, considerations must be made about how law enforcement responds to active shooter scenarios to reduce the likelihood of “blue-on-blue” incidents. Here are suggestions for how police and military members can be trained to respond to an active shooter situation.

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Preparing Correctional Agencies for Technological Changes

Implementing an automation system within a correctional agency can be a challenging and complex process. AMU's Dr. Ron Wallace has extensive experience helping correctional facilities automate their processes and recommends administrators start with a business process reengineering (BPR) assessment. Learn more about BPR and what additional steps agencies should take before adopting or implementing new technology.

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RoboCop: Wearable Technology for Policing

Computing is rapidly advancing with wearable technologies that can be adapted for law enforcement application. Many departments have already started experimenting with adaptable versions of Google Glass, smart clothes, Apple Watch, and body-worn cameras. Which wearable technologies could most benefit law enforcement?

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Evolution of Intel: How Valuable is OSINT?

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) has been gaining traction in the intelligence community as it helps address gaps and enhance the intelligence picture where traditional INTs have not provided a comprehensive picture. AMU's Dr. Brett Miller argues that OSINT is a force multiplier and a valuable addition to the intelligence arena, despite the fact that many IC professionals do not consider OSINT to be a true intelligence discipline.

Learn more about the importance of maintaining focus with OSINT, so that the massive amount of available information doesn't end up being noise with no value to the intelligence effort.

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The Evolution of Modern Terrorism

Terrorism was present in America 100 years before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Given this history with terrorism, Dr. James Hess discusses the roots of modern terrorism, the scholarly perspective on the evolution of terrorism, and the importance of understanding the motivations and strategies of terrorists.

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Making the Shift to Intelligence-Led Corrections

Intelligence-led policing (ILP) has been embraced by the law enforcement community as an effective tool in the fight against terrorism and crime prevention. However, intelligence-led practices remain limited in corrections, despite the fact that there is a wealth of information in correctional facilities. AMU's Dr. Kelli Frakes discusses the need to enhance intelligence-based practices in corrections by training correctional officers and conducting further research about the best methods to collect, analyze, and share information among agencies.

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