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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.

Strong Community Relations Among the Lessons of Ferguson

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

As tension and violence continued to escalate this past weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, there remains intense scrutiny about the response by police. Some vocal critics, like Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, accuse the department of being heavy-handed by using tear gas and other crowd disbursement techniques on peaceful protestors.

Impacts of Synthetic Drugs Like Spice and Bath Salts on Officer Safety

By Jarrod Sadulski, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

While in the field, it is very important for law enforcement officers to understand the current trends involving synthetic drugs like Spice and bath salts. Synthetic drugs often involve the abuse of chemicals that cause hallucinogenic effects and mimic other illicit drugs such as cocaine or semi-synthetic LSD.