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Will Trump’s Executive Order Lead to Better Training and Education of Officers?

By Dr. Chuck Russo and D.C. Rand

President Trump signed an executive order encouraging police departments to improve transparency, increase training, and more. Learn more about the historical context of this executive order and why greater educational standards are needed.

The Design of Online Education and Training Continues to Evolve

By Dr. Chuck Russo

Online education has come a long way in 20 years. Read a firsthand account about what it was like to design some of the first online education courses and training programs for law enforcement officers and what the future holds for online education.

How Officers Can Minimize Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus

By Dr. Chuck Russo and Dr. Samer Koutoubi

Police officers and other first responders are at a much greater risk of being exposed to and contracting COVID-19 coronavirus. Here are several ways that public safety professionals can protect themselves from this contagious respiratory disease.

More Research Needed to Understand PTSD-Related Injuries

By Dr. Chuck Russo and Dr. Stephanie Myers-Hunziker

More research is needed to illustrate why PTSD-related injuries must qualify under workers’ compensation and pension plans. Only through research can lawmakers and public safety leaders understand how frequently and severely PTSD affects first responders.

Four Reasons Why Employers Struggle to Determine Compensation Claims for PTSD

By Dr. Chuck Russo and Dr. Stephanie Myers-Hunziker

Understanding entitlement to benefits and how to address PTSD is no easy task. Here are four common questions public safety employers are forced to ask when determining compensation claims based on psychological injuries.

States Need Clearer Laws on PTSD Compensation Claims for First Responders

By Dr. Chuck Russo and Dr. Stephanie Myers-Hunziker

Many problems stem from the vast variation in how states handle compensation claims for PTSD, even when they do award it. Find out why standardizing claims for psychological injuries would provide first responders with the security and coverage they deserve.

First Responders with Psychological Injuries Must Be Eligible for Workers’ Compensation, Pensions

By Dr. Chuck Russo and Dr. Stephanie Myers-Hunziker

Long-term PTSD can be career-ending for first responders. But unlike those with physical injuries, responders who seek disability pensions and workers' compensation based solely on psychological injuries face an uphill battle.