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

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


How FEMA Could Lose America’s Next Great War

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare for War) By H. Quinton Lucie Abstract The United States lacks a comprehensive strategy and supporting programs to support and defend the population of the United States during times of war and to mobilize, sustain and expand its defense industrial base while under attack from