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Helping First Responders Recover After Las Vegas Shooting

A scene as horrific as the Las Vegas shooting can have a serious mental health impact on even experienced first responders. Agencies must ensure the needs of their personnel are not overlooked.

Customized Care Can Help First Responders in the Aftermath of Trauma

By Liz Talago

First responders regularly deal with tragedy and trauma, which can take a toll on their mental health. If it's time to seek treatment, here's why it's so important for first responders to receive customized and specialized care by trauma-informed clinicians.

Fasten Seatbelts: The Fight Against Human Trafficking is Taking Off

By Leischen Stelter

Air travel is a surprisingly common way for human traffickers to transport victims. Learn about the federal government's new initiative to train aviation personnel to identify and report trafficking. Is the government covering all its bases when it comes to monitoring the transportation networks of traffickers or can more be done?

Preparing for Disaster Requires Cross-Agency Collaboration

By Faylin Mutch

As many local governments face budget cuts, it can be challenging to maintain strong working partnerships. Learn how this county enhanced its collaboration, preparedness, and partnerships during a federally funded FEMA-driven, county-wide emergency management exercise.

Florida Police Agency Uses Drones to Assess Hurricane Damage

By Anthony Galante

As Hurricane Irma approached the Florida coast, this police agency deployed drones to document current conditions. After Irma made landfall, the agency sent drones out again to assess storm damage and provide information about what areas were hit the worst. Learn more about their UAS program.

How to Build a Retirement Game Plan

By Leischen Stelter

All officers know the date they will retire, even rookies. Yet, not enough prepare for retirement. Here's how one officer developed a game plan, which included going back to school and starting a business. But the best thing he did? It's something he thinks ALL officers should do before they leave the force.

How Much Drug Use Occurs in Law Enforcement?

By Keith Graves

After seeing more than one officer succumb to drug abuse during his 29-year law enforcement career, this student decided to research drug use by police for his graduate thesis. Here's what he learned about officer drug use before joining the force and the prevalence of abuse during a career.