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Failure to Provide Personal Safety Equipment Can Come at a Cost

By Dr. Chuck Russo and Anthony Galante

On February 22, a jury ordered New York City to pay $140 million to the families of firefighters killed in the infamous "Black Sunday" fire for failing to provide personal safety equipment. All agencies must learn from this case. Not only did the city lose personnel, but it now must make financial reparations that far exceed the cost of providing such equipment.

The Role of Local Police in the War Against Terrorism

On November 12, a double suicide bombing tore through a busy shopping district in Beirut, Lebanon killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 200 others. The next day, six seemingly coordinated attacks devastated Paris, France killing at least 129 people and wounding 352. Both attacks have been claimed by the terror group ISIS, who issued a video warning of further attacks on countries taking part in bombing Syria, specifically threatening to ‘strike’ Washington, D.C.

As the Paris and Beirut terrorist attacks demonstrate, the lines between international and domestic threats are closer than many police officers may realize. However, most police training supports the assumption that international terrorism isn’t something of significant concern to them. To shift this mindset so police officers see a bigger picture of fighting terrorism requires one thing: enhanced training. Here's how training must be expanded.

FAA Addresses Threats of Drones to the Nation’s Airspace

There are more than 100 sightings or close calls between aircraft and drones every month. Pilots of both planes and drones are lucky that, to date, there hasn’t been a midair collision. AMU faculty member Anthony Galante, who is also a trained airline pilot and the director of training for the Unmanned Safety Institute, discusses why drones make him nervous every time he flies. Read more about the government's effort to regulate recreational drones and some of the specifics that still must be answered to keep the nation's airspace safe.

Integrating Drones into Disaster Response Operations

On April 25, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake ripped through the heart of central Nepal. The resulting devastation crippled the region, razing entire villages and cities. As with any natural disaster, the main challenge for search and rescue teams is safely locating and rescuing people who have been injured, trapped in debris, or cut off from urbanized areas. However, a series of aftershocks coupled with Nepal's mountainous landscape and poor infrastructure made it extremely difficult for rescue teams to reach impacted areas. Read more about how unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, can be extremely beneficial to rescue operations and why U.S. public safety agencies should be pushing for federal regulations to allow them to use drones for disaster response.

FAA Releases Policies for Unmanned Aerial System Use in the National Airspace System

This January, a personal unmanned aerial system (UAS) crashed on to the White House lawn. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intended to bring forward new regulations for the public and commercial use of UAS in 2015, this incident seems to have accelerated the timetable. On February 15, the FAA released proposed rule changes. What are the key components of the new proposed regulations and how could it impact law enforcement agencies across the country?