The “English Disease” and Political Protest: How Social Identity Theory Can Enhance Public Safety at Crowd Events

Christopher Barney EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This thesis explores the question of how to address a new violent crowd event paradigm to ensure public safety. Continued intergroup violence at crowd events not only jeopardizes public safety but also undermines core expectations of democratic values in a civil society. An analysis of crowd control theory and methodologies used

Guided Search: Exploring Technological Solutions for Interior Navigation in the Structural Fire Environment

Kenneth Pravetz EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Firefighters operate in zero visibility, high heat, and toxic environments. Firefighters work in unfamiliar structures and must quickly and efficiently search these structures for lost victims. These challenges lead many firefighters to lose situational and spatial awareness and then get lost. The National Institute of Health and Occupational Safety Firefighter’s line-of-duty

Convergence, Guns, and the Public Safety Response

Jason Lyon EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A detailed review of relevant literature has revealed that crisis events, such as mass shootings and natural disasters, have triggered dramatic changes in gun-related laws, policies, and social perceptions in the United States. Particularly following Hurricane Katrina and the Sandy Hook school shooting, citizens and legislators called for either relaxing or

Building Community Capacity and Resilience through Improvements in Economic Recovery

Kevin McMahan EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Disasters in the form of weather patterns, earthquakes, and human-made catastrophes have become more frequent and severe in recent years. These events have a direct economic impact on communities. The losses incurred, in both the short and long term, can overwhelm a community long after the disaster subsides. For example, in

Blockchain Technology Implementation in the U.S. Customs Environment

Svetlana Angert EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Blockchain technology has been surrounded by hype: first lauded for enabling the creation of cryptocurrencies and starting conversations about digital identity, blockchain technology now promises to revolutionize supply chain management. New blockchain technology applications in international supply chain management are gaining momentum; if these applications are successful, the next step will

Fully Autonomous Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device—Mitigating Strategies

Kevin Knopf EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Terrorists throughout the world use vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) to attack targets. The availability of fully autonomous vehicles (FAVs) will change terrorism tactics by eliminating the need for martyrdom when delivering VBIEDs. As such, counter-terrorism forces must ask: What FAV technologies can be adapted to mitigate the threat of

Applying Technology Acceptance Research to Information Systems Implementation in the Fire Service

John Steward EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The role of a firefighter has remained relatively static over the years, but the way a firefighter documents an incident and accesses logs, maps, and a range of forms is changing from existing paper-based practices to digital media and its related systems. Staffing, incident reporting, response mapping, resource allocation, supply tracking,

Punching above Their Weight: The Homeland Security Contributions of the U.S. Pacific Territories

Colby Stanton EXECUTIVE SUMMARY It seems today that little attention is paid to the United States’ Pacific territories by those outside the Pacific. Indeed, while the U.S. Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico has received considerable media attention since Hurricane Maria struck, it seems that the United States’ Pacific territories—this thesis focuses on Guam, the Commonwealth

Autonomous Police Vehicles: The Impact on Law Enforcement

Andrew Gregg EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. —Daniel Bell In the past several years, the autonomous vehicle has evolved from a possibility to an inevitability. AV technology will undoubtedly impact public safety services, including law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement can embrace AV technology with the advent of

Legal Weed: A Lifesaver?

Michael Schaub EXECUTIVE SUMMARY At the OxyContin launch party in the mid-1990s, Richard Sackler, a member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, stepped up to the podium to address the audience. Sackler, then senior vice president for sales, proclaimed that the launch party would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury