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Baltimore Riots and the True Costs of Poor Community Relations

No one can condone the violent actions and civil unrest happening in Baltimore, which has forced the city to activate the National Guard. The death of Freddie Gray—who appears to have died from a broken neck that was sustained while in police custody—has angered citizens because it represents the city’s history of poor police-community relations. Baltimore is just the most current example of similar anger being felt and expressed in cities across the country. AMU professor Dr. Stephanie Hunziker examines the police-community relations in Baltimore and the steps necessary to restore faith in the city's police department.

Memphis Police “Blue Flu” Protest Sheds Light on Limitations of Tools

By Dr. Chuck Russo, faculty member at American Military University

Most know and agree that law enforcement officers—and other public safety personnel—cannot strike. The ensuing situation would be pure chaos. If all officers, deputies, troopers, corrections officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, and other public safety personnel stayed home for a few days, things would get pretty ugly, pretty quickly.

How Memories of Fear and Terror from Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks Contribute to our National Security Strategy

By Leischen Stelter

What do you remember from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001?

We all have memories from that day: Where we were, what we were doing, and our emotional reactions as we watched events unfold on television or in person. These memories are things we will never forget and each time we remember them, they evoke feelings of fear and horror and terror from that day.

Sequestration and the impacts on law enforcement, firefighters and emergency services

The countdown towards sequestration continues. Most Americans, in all walks of life, are tired of hearing about this impending March 1 deadline, but alas, the impacts of these cuts could have significant impacts on those in public safety positions.

First off, here’s a quick review of sequestration, per CNN:

Sequestration is a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies totalling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.