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Duty to Act: What Does Your SOP Say?

By Anthony Mangeri, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management Program at American Military University

There have been several stories of public safety personnel, on and off duty, failing to meet the response expectations of their community. The incident in the District of Columbia involving a 77-year old man who died outside a fire station brought into focus emergency responders’ legal duty to act versus expectations by the communities we serve to aid those who ask for help.

Tipping the Scales of Justice: Solving Crime Versus Right to Privacy

By Tamara Herdener, professor of Legal Studies at American Public University

As with many aspects of the American legal system, the question of whether or not police can collect DNA upon arrest is answered by balancing interests. The legal scale weighs how much such collection intrudes on an individual’s privacy interests with how much such collection advances government interests of preventing and solving crimes.