Searching for Effective Training Solutions in Firefighting Domain: The Analysis of Emergency Responses and Line of Duty Death Reports for Low Frequency, High Risk Events

Deanna McDevitT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Research in the firefighting domain points to the fact that fires are becoming more dangerous; hazards on the fire ground have evolved and become more deadly over the years.[1] Underwriters Laboratory Inc. (UL), an organization that conducts product safety testing and certification, has identified some of the changing threats and hazards

Less is More: North American Case Studies on the Amalgamation of Policing

George Johnstone EXECUTIVE SUMMARY American policing is considered an anomaly when compared to policing agencies around the world. There are approximately 18,000 federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies policing America, of which nearly 12,500 represent standalone municipal agencies.[1] The sheer number of organizations, overlapping jurisdictions, and confusion about local, state, tribal, and federal

Inclusion of Disaster Resiliency In City/Neighborhood Comprehensive Plans

Douglas Gavin EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Urban planning professionals and FEMA encourage the inclusion of hazard mitigation in the urban planning process. Comprehensive plans are a tool that planners create to strategize for the future of a community and/or city and to determine how the land and its citizens will interact within the community’s spaces. To better

Leveraging Gamification Techniques and Strategies as a Means of Improving Border Security Data Collection

Joseph Coulter Executive Summary Gamification concentrates on the application of game elements to non-gaming contexts and has served as an emerging trend towards engagement and data collection. This thesis seeks to apply the methods and procedures of gamification systems towards the data gathering processes utilized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of

Preventing Firefighter Exposure Hazards

Paul Burke EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As an integral segment of the nation’s homeland security first responder community, firefighters are often the first to arrive on the scene of a multitude of emergency situations, including building fires and explosions, transportation accidents, hazardous material accidents, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. Because firefighters often work in confined spaces with

Police Self-Deployment at Critical Incidents: A Wicked Problem or a Part of the Solution?

Anna Brookes EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Police self-deployment refers generally to the unauthorized response of officers to critical incidents. However, existing literature provides no comprehensive definition and is confined to descriptive narratives in after-action reports. If the results of police self-deployment to an incident are undesirable or harmful, self-deployment is condemned. Conversely, if police respond to an

Transparency, Accountability and Engagement: A Recipe For Building Trust In Policing.

  Kathleen O’Reilly EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This research focuses on the challenges facing police today, with agencies being asked to stretch their finite resources to address an ever-increasing threat to homeland security. In New York City (NYC), the requisite shift in manpower and resources to necessary counterterrorism efforts resulted in a shift in the New York

Problem-Solving in Homeland Security and Creating Policy Conditions for Enhanced Civic Engagement: An Examination of Crowdsourcing Models

Raymond Bisogno EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This thesis begins with the premise that the world has become a more dangerous and complicated place due to the spread of terrorism, increasingly damaging weather events, and other threats to national and economic security. These threats (in their broadest sense) have become more diffuse, and the challenges government faces to