A Systematic Approach to Law Enforcement Safety

Joseph Finch EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The concept of safety in law enforcement is subject to political pressure, poor information, and media and special interest influence. As the work for this thesis began, law enforcement suffered the aftermath of incidents in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore; and New York City. Public cries of police militarization exerted pressure on elected

Suicide in Law Enforcement: Protecting Those Who Serve

Ray Bernier EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The men and women of law enforcement are the first line of defense for the United States’ homeland security. Their mental wellbeing is essential, as they are required to make life-or-death decisions in the course of protecting the citizens they serve. Yet more than 100 law enforcement professionals take their lives

Software Requirement Specifications for a Social-Media Threat Assessment Tool

Craig Barnett EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Police officers are often the subjects of threats. Investigations of these threat cases follow a framework similar to one published in 2006 by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).[1] The framework provides behavioral indicators and risk factors gleaned from information of a known suspect, which is analyzed and applied during

Policy Safeguards and the Legitimacy of Highway Interdiction

Kevin Hood EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The primary responsibility of law enforcement organizations in the United States is the preservation of life in the communities they serve. This responsibility requires law enforcement organizations to deploy resources to identify criminal activity and minimize the negative consequences of crime, including, for example, the trade in and use of illegal

Implementation of Policies to Bridge the Gap Between Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths and Agency Resiliency

Patrice Hubbard EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Law enforcement officer line of duty deaths are an unfortunate part of contemporary society. The untimely death of an officer killed in the line of duty affects family, coworkers, friends, and even extends into the community. Many law enforcement agencies around the nation have effective and thorough line of duty

Applying Systems Thinking to Law Enforcement Safety: Recommendation for a Comprehensive Safety Management Framework

Maggie DeBoard EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   Each year, more than 100 law enforcement officers are killed on the job in training accidents, operations, and emergency response.[1] Fatalities, however, tell only part of the story. Although accurate statistics for police officer injuries do not exist, estimates indicate that “approximately 100,000 police officers experience occupational injuries or illnesses