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Police vehicle training reaches new levels of realism [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 6, 2017 2:52:47 PM

When it comes to skills such as making high-risk traffic stops or pursuing a suspect's vehicle in hazardous driving conditions, police officers need training to feel as close to the real thing as possible.

Training sessions that accurately reflect extreme conditions can help officers react effectively. To this end, agencies have a variety of options at their disposal, including driving practice in cars that simulate dangerous weather, as well as scenarios that combine driving and shoot-out elements.

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Police, Training

Specialized schools seek to create firefighter candidate pipeline

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Dec 28, 2016 1:37:00 PM


Programs for high school students are helping chiefs hire young, diverse fire departments.

 

The specialized skills necessary to become a firefighter don't materialize overnight. Departments need to find ways to ensure their incoming recruits have those unique abilities. While on-the-job training is a necessary way to teach skills and keep them sharp, it's useful to have structures in place that can prepare candidates before they ever join a fire department.

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Topics: Training, Firefighters

Personalized, specialized training coming to fire departments

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Dec 1, 2016 3:53:02 PM


Firefighter training methods are diversifying.

 

Provided they have the administrative and IT frameworks in place to track them, fire departments can employ training methods that go beyond the ordinary to get their firefighters to a high level of expertise and readiness, and keep them there over time. In a field where such preparedness can literally help save lives, leaders are encouraged to explore new ideas and modernize their HR processes wherever possible.

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Topics: Training, Firefighters

Paramedic shortages prompt need for hiring, training

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 10, 2016 10:29:57 AM


A shortage of qualified paramedics is being felt by agencies nationwide.

 

When disaster strikes, communities count on having enough paramedics on call to respond. When there's a shortage of personnel for this vital role, it's time to take action immediately to fill the vacancies. Unfortunately, multiple towns and cities across the country have reported a need to find more paramedics in recent months. Each department will have to take a unique approach to getting back to full strength.

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Topics: EMS, Training

Some NYC Prison Guards Will Be Armed With Tasers

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 12, 2016 2:58:03 PM


Some NYC prison guards will soon carry tasers, leading to questions about safety.

 

Prison guards have a variety of ways to protect themselves from violent inmates. For instance, at Rikers Island Jail in New York City, guards typically carry batons and pepper spray.

However, concerns about officer safety have led to a push for additional nonlethal armaments. This past summer, the correctional officers' union argued that their work was growing more dangerous. As a result, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that 30 elite officers would be assigned Tasers to help them break up fights and other violent activity at the prison, reports The Atlantic's CityLab.

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Topics: Corrections, Training

Police Officers Need More Medical Training

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 31, 2016 4:41:42 PM


Police need to know how to treat crime victims on the scene.

 

Shortly after the July police shooting that occurred in Dallas, in which five officers were killed and nine others were injured, Dallas Police Chief David Brown publicly lamented that the public was "asking cops to do too much in this country."

"Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve," he said during a press conference after the event, according to the Washington Post. "Not enough mental health funding, let the cops handle it. … Here in Dallas we got a loose dog problem; let's have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, let's give it to the cops. … That's too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems."

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Topics: Law Enforcement, Police, Training

Officers Must Be Prepared to Deal With the Mentally Ill

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 7, 2016 3:11:19 PM


Police need more training to deal with calls involving mentally ill individuals.

 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, less than 5 percent of Americans experience a serious mental condition in a given year. However, these individuals make up a disproportionate share of those who are arrested and imprisoned annually. As many as 20 percent of jail inmates and 15 percent of those housed in state prisons are mentally ill, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center. And though it can be difficult to collect reliable statistics on police encounters, The Christian Science Monitor cited one estimate taken in New York City in 2002, which found that the NYPD received about 150,000 calls involving "emotionally disturbed persons" each year.

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Topics: Scheduling, Law Enforcement, Police, Training

New Police Technology Increases Need for Training [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Apr 18, 2016 12:39:51 PM

It's becoming increasingly clear that new technology is helping police officers do their jobs. The algorithms that support predictive policing software, for example, make it easier to prevent crime sprees.

While this is good news for neighborhood safety, it is important for proponents of policing technology to understand that the software alone cannot make a difference without dedicated officers to back it up.

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Topics: Police, Training

Oklahoma considers boosting training requirements for police reserves

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 10, 2015 10:01:00 AM

 

Law enforcement officers regularly find themselves in situations where they need to make quick decisions. It's times like these when they need to rely on their training. 

But what if they have not been adequately trained? When officers make mistakes, they endanger not only themselves, but also those around them. Recent events have once again shown this to be true.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Law Enforcement, Training

Police officers need training in tactical medicine [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 8, 2015 12:07:00 PM

In dangerous situations, police cannot always rely on EMTs and other responders to handle emergency medical care. Often, police are the first to arrive at the scene, and they need to take charge of the situation.

Whether the victim is a criminal suspect, an innocent bystander or a fellow officer, it is crucial that police act quickly to stabilize their wounds. in order to do this in a chaotic situation, officers need to rely on their training.

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Topics: Police, Training

About Orion Communications

As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software.  Orion’s AgencyWeb® software helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.