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33 minutes | 4 days ago
Is a criminal justice degree worth it? The answer is yes.
Janay Gasparini, P.h.D., a former police officer and current assistant professor of criminal justice at Shepherd University, recently wrote an article for Police1 titled “Why the next generation of cops need a criminal justice degree.” In this episode of Policing Matters, Dr. Gasparini explains why having a criminal justice degree helps those interested in a law enforcement career and also offers advantages for veteran law enforcement officers. Learn when you should and how you can obtain your degree, why it will serve you in your career from the academy through the police promotional process, and where you should look for colleges.
40 minutes | 8 days ago
Rener Gracie on why every cop needs one hour of Jiu-Jitsu training a week
Law enforcement officers are often put into difficult situations where they need to make immediate decisions on levels of force needed to stop an attack, to defend others or themselves, or possibly to use to effect an arrest of a resisting offender. In this episode, host Jim Dudley speaks with Rener Gracie, world-renowned Jiu-Jitsu expert, practitioner and chief instructor at the Gracie University about the current deficits in law enforcement defensive tactics training and how use of force “reform” could endanger both cops and civilians.
34 minutes | 22 days ago
Axon CEO talks TASERs, police performance and transparency
Rick Smith, CEO of Axon (formerly TASER), has been a technology pioneer in law enforcement with a current vision of making the bullet obsolete by 2029. Rick founded the company, TASER, in 1993 and as the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, he has pushed his company to think beyond weapons technology toward a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. In this episode, host Jim Dudley speaks with Rick about current research around the development and deployment of TASERs, as well as new offerings from Axon designed to improve police performance and transparency.
30 minutes | a month ago
How an app could integrate off-duty public safety personnel into mass violence response
There seems to be an app for just about everything these days, from accessing training to seeing how crime is occurring almost in real-time. Civilians have access to apps that warn them of traffic delays or police activity. Wouldn't it be great to have an app that provides access to off-duty LEOs to assist in responding to an act of mass violence when they are close to the incident? In this episode, host Jim Dudley speaks with Lt. Travis Norton, a 20-year veteran with the Oceanside (California) Police Department, about how to bring this concept to reality.
19 minutes | a month ago
The FBI’s NIBRS deadline is fast approaching. What agencies need to know.
The FBI responded to law enforcement’s call to upgrade and update reporting of the nation’s crime statistics by transitioning from the Summary Reporting System (SRS) to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) by January 1, 2021. Recognizing this as a monumental shift in practice, the FBI gave several years' notice, from February 9, 2016, to be exact, to law enforcement agencies, and now the deadline is just weeks away. In this episode, host Jim Dudley speaks with Trudy Ford, the Section Chief of the Global Law Enforcement Support Section of the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division about what prompted the change, the improvements NIBRS offers and what the transition means for rank and file officers.
23 minutes | a month ago
How to develop a social media messaging strategy ahead of Election Day
No one knows what the coming weeks leading up to Election Day hold, but there’s one thing we can all agree on – we’re heading for choppy waters. In a recent article for Police1, social media consultant Yael Bar-tur outlined 10 steps police chiefs can take right now to communicate on social media ahead of November 3. In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley talks to Yael about some of the strategies she details in the article.
29 minutes | a month ago
The similarities and differences between law enforcement and the military
It is estimated that veterans comprise 20% of law enforcement personnel in the United States. In this episode, host Jim Dudley talks with U.S. military veteran and recently retired sheriff’s office deputy Greg Johnson about the unique skills and perspectives veterans offer police agencies, as well as the similarities and differences between serving in the military and serving in law enforcement.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Officer well-being in 2020: Addressing mental health challenges in LE
The year 2020 has presented numerous challenges for law enforcement, beginning with the management of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and then a rapid transition to rioting, looting and ongoing civil unrest. In this episode, host Jim Dudley talks with researchers Dr. Michelle Lilly and Sergeant Shawn Curry, both co-directors of the Training and Research Institute for Public Safety (TRIPS), about the startling findings of a recent survey they conducted to assess current psychological health in law enforcement officers.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Connect 2020: Lexipol's Virtual User Conference
Are you looking to improve community relationships, learn the latest developments in public safety technology and implement real change in your agency? Join us virtually for Lexipol’s first-ever user group conference: Connect 2020! On Wednesday, Oct. 14, explore how we can serve "Better Together."
30 minutes | 2 months ago
What cops need to know about ketamine
In August 2019, Elijah McKnight, who was allegedly intoxicated and struggled with a sheriff’s deputy, was TASERed, handcuffed and subdued by three people. Identifying the patient was experiencing excited delirium, the attending medics administered one 500 mg dose of ketamine and another dose of 250 mg about nine minutes later after consulting with a physician. The story elevated to the front-page level as body camera footage identified that deputies asked if the medics could "give him anything," to which a medic replied they can give him ketamine and, "he'll be sleeping like a baby," but would need to be transported. A second case occurred that same month when another Colorado arrestee, Elijah McClain, was administered ketamine, went into cardiac arrest, and was subsequently declared brain dead and died on Aug 30, 2019. Last month the Aurora city council voted to temporarily ban paramedics from using ketamine to sedate patients. In this episode, host Jim Dudley speaks with EMS1 columnist Rob Lawrence and Dr. Will Smith, an EMS physician from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, about what law enforcement should know about ketamine. They also discuss law enforcement's potential involvement in securing mass vaccination centers that could be used to distribute the COVID-19 vaccination when it is released to the public.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
How will the Breonna Taylor case impact law enforcement operations?
On September 23, a Kentucky grand jury announced three counts of wanton endangerment against former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison for shooting into neighboring apartments during the execution of a search warrant on the night of March 13 that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor. In this episode, host Jim Dudley talks with Police1 columnist Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith about the Breonna Taylor case and the grand jury’s indictments.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
‘The first thing I did was pray she wouldn’t die’
While all police officers pull their weapons during their careers only a very small percentage actually end up firing them in a deadly force confrontation. On April 8, 2016, Detective Adam Meyers became one of those officers after he was involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting that changed his life forever. In this episode, host Jim Dudley chats with Adam about the events of that day and the immediate aftermath, as well as the ongoing stress he experienced as a result of the incident.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
PERF’s Chuck Wexler on critical issues impacting law enforcement
Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit organization, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. In this episode, host Jim Dudley chats with PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler about the organization’s current work in development of best practice policy and dissemination of law enforcement resources and information, as well as how PERF is addressing the critical issues facing law enforcement agencies today.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Dead tired: Fighting fatal fatigue in law enforcement
When it comes to police officers and sleep there is one certainty – cops are not getting enough shut-eye. But did you know that moderate sleep deprivation produces impairments equivalent to those of alcohol intoxication? With mandatory overtime, court appearances and in-service training all taking a toll on the time available for officers to actually sleep, what can cops and their supervisors to do ensure sleep deprivation doesn’t result in fatal errors? In this episode, host Jim Dudley chats with Dr. Stephen James, an assistant research professor at Washington State University, about his work relating to the interaction between physical stressors, such as sleep-related fatigue, and police performance.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Promoting mental wellness in law enforcement
Blue H.E.L.P. is a nonprofit organization that collects law enforcement suicide data and supports families of officers who have died by suicide. In this episode, host Jim Dudley talks with Karen Solomon, president and co-founder of Blue H.E.L.P., about the work of the organization to put a spotlight on the issue of mental wellness in law enforcement.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
How the NLEOMF honors the fallen and prioritizes officer safety
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), founded in 1984, has a three-pronged mission: to honor fallen officers, make it safer for those who serve, and educate the public about the history of American law enforcement. In this episode, host Jim Dudley speaks with Robyn Small from NLEOMF about the fund’s recent mid-year LODD report, the work of the National Law Enforcement Museum and other current initiatives.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
How to successfully promote in policing
Whether you want to make the jump from field training officer to detective or captain to chief, honesty during the promotional process is key to securing the position, but identifying your weaknesses as well as your strengths when facing an interview board can be a challenge. In A Cop's Simple Guide to Promotion Preparation, Millbrae (California) Police Chief Paul Kunkel helps officers walk through the police promotion process. In this episode, host Jim Dudley talks with Chief Kunkel about his top tips for promotional success.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Why police reform must be evidence-based
Founded in 2015, the American Society for Evidence-Based Policing was born out of the drive to advance the state of policing in America through the use of scientific evidence. Co-founder Renée Mitchell served in the Sacramento Police Department for 22 years and currently resides with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a M.B.A., a J.D., and a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. In this episode, host Jim Dudley talks with Dr. Mitchell about why elected officials must work with police leaders to consider the research when designing strategies to reduce crime and disorder while maintaining the trust and confidence of the public we serve.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
How an Irish angel is looking out for U.S. cops
Irish Angel is an organization based in Ireland, with offices in New York and Boston, that specializes in providing support for law enforcement officers and military personnel in regard to PTSD, mental health issues, anxiety, and alcohol and drug dependency. In this episode, host Jim Dudley chats with Amanda Coleman, the executive director and founder of the nonprofit group, about what inspired her to launch Irish Angel and why U.S. cops have been the focus of assistance provided to date.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
What Scottish police can teach U.S. cops about de-escalation
In Volusia County, Florida, annual arrests dropped by almost 30% from 2017 to 2019 even though call volume remained steady, and the recorded frequency of Volusia deputies using force fell by nearly half, from 122 annual incidents to 65. Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood credits a visit to Scotland in 2015 for helping implement new de-escalation strategies that have assisted not only in reducing the use of force, but also officer injuries. In this episode, host Jim Dudley discusses the strategies and training in place at Volusia County with Sheriff Chitwood and how other agencies could implement similar programs.
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