After the Exercise: Using Change Management Theory to Improve After-Action Event Outcomes

Cynthia Holmes EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A. OPENING STATEMENT Preparedness agencies fail to act on gaps identified by exercises; instead, they repeat exercises and never move to resolve issues. After-action reports (AARs) document exercise findings, but are not shared with forward-facing staff who do the work. Agencies spend federal money exercising capabilities, but fail to implement changes

Relationship Policing: Implementing a New Model of Thinking for Law Enforcement to Build Formal Community Partnerships

Mark Poland EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Police and sheriffs use a variety of enforcement methods to protect and serve citizens. These methods include community policing, evidence-based policing, and formal partnership programs with other agencies and community entities. As a rule, police and sheriff departments have few formal connections with the community, such as partnerships for exchanging information

Turning the Eagle’s Head: Polish Nationhood and the Global War on Terror

Timothy Borden EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This thesis explores the intersection of nationhood and global terrorism by examining the responses of Poland’s political leaders to a series of terrorism-related events during the last decade. In doing so, this work demonstrates the crucial importance of analyzing Poland’s contemporary experience with terrorism through a particularly Polish sense of nationhood,

Technological Solution for the Reduction of Police Pursuits: Implications for Increased Investment

Ian Troxell EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The research presented herein is the result of efforts to integrate multiple categories of analysis into the formulation of a discussion platform concerning the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) funding efforts and the acquisition of pursuit management technology at the departmental level. This thesis recognizes the neglect of this issue in the

Level the Playing Field: Are Law Enforcement Policies and Practices Rigged against Women and Mothers?

Dione Neely  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The majority of law enforcement departments are predominantly white—and male. Women have always been a minority in law enforcement careers. Fast forward 109 years, and there are still only 98,738 women in law enforcement compared to 645,936 men. According to 2016 statistics from Data USA, women comprise only 13.3 percent of

There Are No Monsters in the Closet: Why Fire Departments Are Not Implementing Best Concepts for Active Assailant Incidents

David Sabat EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Fire departments are encouraged to implement best concepts to rapidly access casualties during active assailant events. Despite these recommendations, fire services across the country are not consistently developing and implementing policies that reflect best practices. Further, the best concepts offered in the extant literature indicate that rapid access to victims requires

The Mole in Your Pocket: A Study of the Data Gathering Capabilities and Security Implications of Modern Smartphones

Paula Maxson EXECUTIVE SUMMARY According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of U.S. adults own a smartphone. Since most smartphone users are completely unaware of the sensors that are built into their phones, it is critical to evaluate the potential homeland security risks posed by the routine data collection and sharing

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