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2024 Public Safety Workforce Trends

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 6, 2024 6:03:23 PM

As 2024 progresses, public safety agencies are navigating a rapidly changing environment shaped by evolving societal needs. The challenges agencies face are multifaceted, but so are the opportunities for innovation and improvement.

Looking to the year ahead, we foresee increased focus on modernizing technology solutions, including use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to effectively address these challenges. In this article, we’ll explore their impact and how public safety organizations are expected to use them to meet the needs of their workforce and the communities they serve.

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2023 Public Safety Trends Recap and How Agencies Adapted

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 15, 2024 10:15:29 AM

As we step into 2024, it’s important to review the major public safety trends that shaped 2023. The past year was marked by several significant challenges, including workforce shortages, an intensified focus on mental health, expanded adoption of technological solutions, and a drive toward enhanced data transparency. 

 

Despite the hurdles of 2023, many proactive measures adopted by public safety last year will be paving the way for how they navigate through the ongoing challenges ahead this year. 

Let's take a look at a few of these.

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Emerging Trend: Civilianizing Police Leadership and Diversifying Department Staff

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Dec 14, 2023 4:16:36 PM

Police departments across the country are facing a critical challenge. Staffing shortages are leaving departments understaffed and overwhelmed. A 2019 survey conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) revealed that 78% of agencies struggle to recruit qualified personnel. The situation is dire.

This shortage is not just a numbers game; it reflects a deeper issue of declining public trust in law enforcement, exacerbated by high-profile incidents straining community relations. But one solution has emerged in the form of civilian police involvement. In this article, we will explore the benefits of civilianizing police department leadership and diversifying department staff.  

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