Orion gratefully acknowledges the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, for allowing us to reproduce, the video "Protecting our Protectors: Using Science to Improve Officer Safety and Wellness". The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this video are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Orion gratefully acknowledges FireEngineering.com for allowing us to reproduce the following column by Thomas N. Warren, retired Assistant Chief from the Department of Providence (RI) Fire Department.
Orion Communications, Inc. gratefully acknowledges PoliceOne.com for allowing us to reproduce the following Police Tech & Gear column written by expert columnist, Tim Dees.
Not all of these are strictly what the police know that private citizens don’t, but they’re close. Many are things I wish I could have said, but would have been in big trouble for doing so.
The Bureau of Justice (BJA) has published its 2013-2016 Strategic Plan for the development and implementation of criminal justice policy and grant management.
'Protecting and serving' is much more complicated these days than it used to be. Budget cuts, layoffs and increased regulatory compliances make running today’s public safety agencies challenging to say the least. Agencies must find ways to continually improve how they are managed and how their employees perform. With that, the paradigm of doing things ‘the way we’ve always done it’ simply must change and it must change sooner rather than later.
Each year, 100-200 law enforcement officers die in the line of duty. Last year, 177 lost their lives — a 16-percent increase from 2010. NIJ has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives.
In today’s economic climate, it’s pretty safe to assume that public safety funding won’t return to pre-recession levels anytime soon. Officials now take a very methodical approach to funding allocations and want to know the ROI of each dollar spent. As a result, agency leaders are being forced to change the way their services are measured in order to justify funding. As a part of the process, the use of historical data is critical in convincing officials about the consequences to communities if budgets are cut too severely.
Historically, government at all levels has relied on decent pay, generous benefits and stable employment to attract workers. As a result of the economic downturn, each of these attractions has been significantly diminished, leaving public leaders scrambling.
Looking for funding for that new initiative? Then you’ll be interested in this latest report from the BJA (Bureau of Justice Assistance) which outlines the formulas used for allocating state and local JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) awards.
As a public safety software vendor, I’m consistently amazed by the volume of paperwork required to keep officers and firefighters doing their jobs. They must document every significant call in a detailed report ... such as sworn affidavits for warrants, information forms to prosecutors and evidence paperwork if any articles are seized. And then there’s the paperwork that’s not related to calls – like requisitions for equipment, notifications about events, personnel scheduling and training or overtime requests. When you add in the time it takes to ensure that certifications, regulatory compliances and collective bargaining agreements are being met, it’s astonishing that agency personnel have enough time to “protect and serve” their communities.