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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.

Improving Communication to Enable Agencies to Combat Terrorism

By Dr. Chuck Russo, D.C. Rand, and Dr. Jarrod Sadulski

Communication between all levels of law enforcement agencies is essential to counterterrorism efforts. Learn how fusion centers, joint terrorism task forces, and intelligence databases can help uncover terrorist threats.

Law Enforcement Agencies Should Create a Mental Health Agency Liaison Officer Position

By Dr. Chuck Russo, Jeremy Nikolow, and Carrie Courtney

Law enforcement often has trouble handling interactions with individuals with mental health issues. To remedy this and to help with media scrutiny, the designation of a mental health agency liaison officer can help tremendously.

Digital Forensics in Law Enforcement

An increasing number of criminals are conducting their activity online, and law enforcement officers need the skills to keep up. Watch this short video about how American Military University restructured its B.S. in Criminal Justice to focus on digital forensics.