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How K9 Training Has Changed Over Three Decades

By Leischen Stelter

For 28 of his 31 years in law enforcement, Robert Dougherty Jr. has worked with police dogs. When he started, most dogs were trained as single-purpose patrol K9s, but today the majority of police departments have adopted cross-training programs so dogs are proficient in several areas of detection. Learn how agencies have changed their training programs for dogs and handlers.

Use of Force Training: A Career-Long Commitment

By Leischen Stelter

To ensure officers understand exactly how they can legally use force, an agency must first have clear and concise policies. After those policies have been established and vetted, the agency must deliver regular and ongoing use of force training throughout the length of every officer’s career. Learn more about the critical time when officers should receive further training.

Examining the Evidence Against Steven Avery: A Preliminary Forensic Analysis

By Jennifer Bucholtz

In recent weeks, Americans have become enthralled with the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.” The 10-part documentary examines the story of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, both imprisoned for the murder of Teresa Halbach. As an instructor of forensic sciences, I conducted days of research on the forensic evidence and its relevance and validity to the case.

The Lifesaving Power of Teamwork

If you work or aspire to work in the public safety field, being a team player is a necessity. Whether you’re a police officer, firefighter, EMT, or emergency manager, lives depend on the strength and unity of teams. And, in today’s world of complex threats, it’s not just how well one team works together, it’s how well teams from different agencies work together in a coordinated response.

In August, In Public Safety will feature articles written by American Military University faculty members investigating the ongoing shifts in teamwork and coordination efforts among public safety agencies.

Hurricane Season Has Officially Begun: Tips for Preparation & Cleanup

By Evan Rosenberg, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Public University

Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast means dealing with hurricanes and their after-effects. The impact of a storm can affect one’s life for months, if not years, after it makes landfall. Survivors may be facing loss of job, loss of child-care options, loss of value in the residence, and more.