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Improving Police Response Time Doesn’t Reduce Crime, So Why is it Still Important?

By Dr. Chuck Russo

For most of the last 100 years, agency administrators had been operating under the assumption that getting to the call quicker can increase arrest rates. Research, however, has shown that this is not the case: Response times actually have little impact on arrest rates. So why does response time still matter to agency administrators?

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.

Will DOJ’s New Domestic Terrorism Counsel Make a Difference?

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the creation of a new office, the domestic terrorism counsel, which will focus on countering homegrown extremists. However, much of the responsibility to fight domestic terrorism has fallen on the shoulders of local law enforcement. Will the DOJ’s creation of the domestic terrorism counsel help determine how law enforcement fits into the fight against domestic terrorism?

Getting to the Heart of Issues Behind Mass Shootings

After the deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, a very intelligent friend of mine posted a question on social media that got me thinking. He asked: “When are Americans going to do something about their angry 20-year-old white men with guns?” While such tragedies continue to incite the debate about gun control, it is important to remember that a gun is just a tool and such horrific incidents are perpetrated by people of all races. But there are common threads in many of these mass shootings, namely religion and mental illness. So how can average citizens help prevent such incidents? Start in your own community. Here's how.