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Use of Force Infographic Educates Public on Police Action

By Leischen Stelter

Police use-of-force cases continue to garner a considerable amount of public and media attention. In an effort to educate the public about use of force, the Police Foundation released a great infographic that provides information on why police use force and in what situations they can use deadly force. Could this infographic help your agency educate the community about use-of-force policies and parameters?

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Protecting Churches: Options to Enhance Security

By Joshua L. Adams

Religious meeting places have long been considered sacred and solemn locations where no one would dare bring a firearm, let alone kill someone. This common societal norm is fading, however, in the wake of attacks on churches and mosques, where attackers have entered with the intent of killing as many people as they can. Here are security considerations for churches and places of worship to help them prevent or deter a possible attack.


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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

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. Private security is evolving with respect to training and the scope of responsibilities. Although their jobs are certainly different, security officers can benefit from many aspects of law enforcement. This includes the use of certain kinds of tactics and equipment.

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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

To ensure officers understand exactly how they can legally use force, an agency must first have clear and concise policies. After those policies have been established and vetted, the agency must deliver regular and ongoing use of force training throughout the length of every officer’s career to ensure officers fully understand those policies. The problem in many agencies is that officers do not receive such ongoing training. Learn more about the critical time when officers should receive further training.

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