The March/April 2016 issue is our annual Buyer’s Information Guide edition.
Highlights from this issue include:
• Managing a Bad Boss: Part Two
• Advancing Your Education and Career: Part Two
• New Guns for 2016
• Product Highlight: Law Enforcement Flashlights
• And Much More!
- June 2016
Five Ways Fire Departments Can Partner with the Community
By James McLaughlin
Departments that make a true effort to engage the community will have the support of the community when tough decisions have to be made about funding and other issues that impact the well-being of a department. Here are five ways fire departments can reach out and engage the community they serve.
- June 2016
Research Shows Impact of Integrating Fire, Disaster Preparedness into Core College Courses
By Leischen Stelter
College students are a prime target for disaster preparedness education. AMU professor Kevin Kupietz conducted research showing how well students retain preparedness information when it's integrated into their core college courses.
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FBI, DEA Release Documentary Film Addressing Heroin/Prescription Drug Abuse
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, leaders of the FBI and the DEA recently unveiled a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of the addiction. Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict is a 45 minute documentary film which profiles the stories of several people who either abused opiates or had family members who became addicts. It profiles the cycle of addiction and looks at the tragic consequences associated with opioid abuse. The documentary also features interviews with medical and law enforcement professionals discussing the effects of the addiction and how this epidemic is unlike any this country has ever seen before.
The documentary is targeted at educating high school students and young adults. Because opioid addiction can take hold after the first use, the film is meant to send a message of deterrence to those either thinking of trying drugs or just beginning to use drugs. A copy of the trailer can be viewed by going to youtube.com/fbi. The FBI and the DEA are offering the film to educators at no cost for incorporation into their curriculum. In an effort to stimulate discussion in the schools, the film comes with a corresponding study guide meant to assist teachers presenting the film in the classroom. Those wishing to obtain a copy of the film may do so by contacting their local FBI or DEA field office or by downloading the film for free at www.fbi.gov/chasingthedragon.
“This epidemic does not discriminate. All across this country, it is taking good people from good homes and leading them down a trail which often ends in pain and sadness,” said FBI Director James Comey. “This film may be difficult to watch, but we hope it educates our students and young adults about the tragic consequences which come with abusing these drugs and that it will cause people to think twice before becoming its next victim.”
The opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic has swept through the country. Statistics show that overdose deaths from heroin abuse have more than doubled since 2010. More people die each year from drug overdoses than die in car accidents. Because an opioid addiction can take hold after the first use, it is hoped that this film will help generate discussions which will lead to a greater understanding of the dangers of the addiction, its impact on both the victim and their loved ones and the often deadly consequences of opioid abuse.
“The numbers are appalling and shocking – tens of thousands of Americans will die this year from drug-related deaths and more than half of these deaths are from heroin and prescription opioid overdoses,” said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “You will see in Chasing the Dragon opioid abusers who have traveled a remarkably dangerous and self-destructive path. I hope this will be a wake-up call for folks. Please pay close attention to this horrific epidemic. Help reverse it. Save a life. Save a friend. Save a loved one.”
The documentary premiered recently at the Newseum in Washington, DC, in front of educational leaders from the Washington, DC, metro area. A roundtable discussion featuring educators, medical professionals and law enforcement immediately followed the premier.
New Study Conducted on TASER® Shocks and Brain Function Disruption
Researchers at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) and Arizona State University conducted a randomized clinical trial on participants who were broken into four groups. The control group of 37 people did nothing; 32 people punched a bag to simulate a heightened physical state, such as physically engaging a violator; 35 participants received a five second shock from a TASER; and 38 participants punched a bag and then received a five second shock.
The study participants had completed a battery of cognitive instruments as follows: during preliminary screening; immediately before treatment exposure; immediately after completion of their treatment condition; one hour later; and one week later.
The study’s findings: There was statistically significant reduction in verbal learning and memory. It was reported that one quarter of each group who had been shocked with a TASER had scored below 20 on the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test which indicated their “mean level cognitive functioning” was that of a 70-year-old adult. The study also found that a TASER exposure also had caused concentration difficulty, increased anxiety and feeling overwhelmed.
The researchers suggest these findings indicate that, after a person receives a TASER shock, (s)he may be unable to fully understand Miranda rights and may have trouble making reasonable decisions.
A full copy of this article may be found at http://tinyurl.com/gm2skyk.
Philips Dictation Solutions: A Perfect Fit for Law Enforcement Officers
A police officer’s first order of business is to serve and protect – whether they are on the move serving the community or fulfilling administrative tasks at the office. Police officers spend their day outside protecting the public’s safety and most people don’t realize they also spend a significant amount of time in the office. At the office, they are responsible for organizing documentation for court cases, filling out paperwork and providing testimonies in court. Therefore, productivity and efficiency is paramount to law enforcement officers and document turnaround can be a challenge.
By leveraging voice technology, officers can significantly streamline workflow processes and focus on their job – protecting their community. The Philips Pocket Memo, a handheld digital dictation mobile voice recorder, can be used by officers to record interviews and create incident reports. Accurate documentation of a case is extremely important and the Pocket Memo’s high audio quality can help to ensure no information is misconstrued. Accurate reports enable fewer follow-up questions and improve response times. Officers can also use the Philips dictation recorder app for smartphones as a quick way to record reports and interviews, especially when they are out in the field.
The Pocket Memo and dictation recorder app are both fully integrated with the Philips SpeechExec software suite, as well as with Philips SpeechLive, a secure cloud-based dictation workflow solution. After the dictations are complete, officers can securely transfer their recordings to the SpeechLive cloud storage folder where office staff can easily identify and access the files from any PC. By the time officers return to the station at the close of their shift, the reports will be ready for their review and signature. Not only does SpeechLive enable greater productivity because recordings can be securely accessed from the cloud and transcribed from anywhere, it also helps reduce overtime hours and protects information security.
For more information about all Philips dictation solutions, visit www.dictation.philips.com. For a free Philips SpeechLive trial, go to www.speechlive.com. Follow them on Twitter @speech_com (www.twitter.com/speech_com) for the latest news and updates.
New Study on Violent Prone Restraint Incidents
A 2016 study published in the Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal, by Darrell L. Ross and Michael H. Hazlett, reviewed 1085 violent prone restraint incidents in policing from 17 law enforcement agencies in six states. The authors’ research question was, “What is the outcome of placing a violent subject in the prone position in order to safely control and restrain the subject?”
Male subjects comprised 85% of the sample size. The mean (average) age was 37. In 71% of the incidents, there was defensive resistance. An electronic control weapon was applied in 17% of the events. In 70% of the events, there was weight placed on the back of the resisting subject. No deaths were reported in the study data.
The study’s conclusion: According to the authors, prone positioning was shown to be a safe method of control and restraint.
The study’s limitations: The data were combed from officer reports or what is referred to as self-reporting. Officers may not have included all prone restraint information. Also, this was not experimental research.
While it must be remembered that statistics apply to groups and not to individuals, this is another study which supports the safety of prone restraint.
A full copy of this report can be found at http://tinyurl.com/z5o8p4p.