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Commentary

Today’s Law Enforcement Challenges

by Kay C. Goss -

Civil unrest in cities across the country challenges public servants to think analytically about how to restore public confidence and protect citizens from bad actors and events that threaten their safety and security. This article summarizes a four-hour roundtable that DomPrep and the Baltimore Police Department convened to share insights on tactics and approaches for success.

 
Commentary

Three “I”s to Repairing the Police/Community Relationship

by Marc R. Partee -

Over the years, the fragile relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve has been strained to the point of fracture. The goal now for law enforcement agencies is to repair existing relationships with the communities they serve and build new positive relationships with youths to ensure future community resilience.

Commentary

Charles J. Guddemi Retirement

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DomPrep would like to announce the retirement of a good friend and advisor, Charles J. Guddemi. After more than 25 years of law enforcement service, he retired from the U.S. Park Police on 31 December 2016.

Resilience

Community Oriented Policing Under Fire

by Rodrigo (Roddy) Moscoso -

In the days leading up to the 2017 U.S. presidential inauguration, word began to spread across the executive branch that significant cuts were coming to many domestic programs. However, reducing funding and resources for law enforcement could present challenges for established and future community-oriented policing efforts.

Preparedness

A New Model Proposed for U.S. Bioterrorism Response

by David M. Ladd -

On 17 January 2017, the InterAgency Board released its “Proposed Model for Bioterrorism Response: Initial Operations and Characterization” position paper (BT Position Paper). This 28-page document puts forward a method to make use of the many federally developed standards and strategies produced over the past 16 years – at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars – that have yet to produce a national capability.

Commentary

Managing Civil Unrest & Protests in a New Environment

by Melissa Hyatt -

Those in law enforcement can attest to the continuous and constant changes in the profession. In the 1960s, it was inconceivable to have predicted where time and technology would transport the country by 2017. The media provides instantaneous news via social media, so a small demonstration can be multiplied in an instant with a simple tweet. Law enforcement must adapt.

Resilience

Civilian/Military Collaboration for Domestic Response

by Jeffrey Driskill Sr. -

The focus of PATRIOT’s tactical level domestic response has matured to increase understanding of interagency and multidisciplinary coordination, policies, and doctrine, and to develop procedures and processes that could be adopted elsewhere. The best practices and lessons learned are relevant to any local and state emergency managers, and strengthen knowledge about how the military can provide support to civilian authorities.

Resilience

Implementation of an Active Shooter Plan

by William O. Jackson Jr. -

Effective response to an active shooter incident requires planning and role reinforcement through training for personnel who may be affected by an incident, as well as for leaders and managers responsible for coordinating responses. For example, personnel near an active shooter need to use the appropriate response model – for example, Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (ALICE) – depending on the circumstances unique to the incident.

Preparedness

The Ongoing Quest to Assess & Measure Preparedness

by Project Team at Emergency Management Executive Academy -

Since 9/11, billions of dollars and an enormous amount of effort have been directed at enhancing national preparedness efforts as they relate to human-caused and natural disasters, yet many jurisdictions and organizations still struggle to determine how prepared they are and how prepared they need to be.

Healthcare

Sustainable Emergency Preparedness & Response for Hospitals

by Rachel Clark & Oscar Enriquez -

A cohesive, well-developed disaster response team is essential to prevent adverse incidents and lives lost. Meeting current safety guidelines must be enculturated for a successful program, thus saving lives and providing optimal quality of life after a major disaster. Completing the minimal requirements for tasks to meet current safety guidelines is not enough to save lives.

Commentary

The Changing Face of Disasters Demands New Thinking

by Vincent B. Davis -

New problems call for new solutions. The definitions and parameters, in which emergency management, law enforcement, nongovernment organizations, and others now work under, are inadequate to meet the new challenges of today. Furthermore, the old rules as to how and why to prepare simply do not apply anymore.

Updates

BYU Engineers Built a Bulletproof Origami Shield to Protect Law Enforcement

BYU engineering professors have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. The new barrier can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy. When expanded – which takes only five seconds – it can provide cover for officers and stop bullets from several types of handguns.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Youth Preparedness Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, efforts in making a difference in their communities, and potential to expand their impact as national advocates for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Announces Creation of National Security Institute

The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University announced the creation of a National Security Institute (NSI) to bring national security experts together with policymakers to find practical answers to hard national security law and policy questions. NSI will serve as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development.

ECDC Releases Its First Mobile Application: Infectious Disease Threats On the Go

ECDC has released a new Threat Reports app, a free and open access application that gives you direct access to key updates and reports on communicable disease threats of concern to the EU on your mobile device. 

New, Faster Bacteria ‘Detector’ Could Save Lives

A Michigan State University researcher has developed a faster way to detect the bacteria that cause patients to become sick, giving physicians a better chance at saving their lives. The test can produce results within two hours using blood, urine, spit, wound, stool or cerebral spine fluid samples from infected patients.