Public Safety


How to Successfully Pull Off a Remote Training During COVID-19

Captain Dan Zdybek and Deputy Ryan Sottile,
Public safety agencies are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 in many areas, including how we train our employees on new technologies. For Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, we had to change our initial plans around in-person training for our new…
The New Frontier in Police Reporting

The New Frontier in Police Reporting

Rohit Chhabra,
New challenges continuously arise for public safety agencies. Often, these new challenges can come with little to no warning, leaving virtually no time to prepare. As seen with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, law enforcement had…
How Can Collaboration Drive Faster Emergency Response

How Can Collaboration Drive Faster Emergency Response?

Dan Whipple,
The City of Seattle is known for its lush scenery and a cityscape bisected by several waterways. Bridges are often the primary lifelines connecting different parts of the city. In an emergency, it is critical these lifelines are available to…

The Real Cost of False Alarms for Public Safety

Assistant Chief Gil Slouchick,
The Columbus Police Department in Georgia is like many other large law enforcement agencies in the United States today. We’re short-staffed on officers. A goal of the department is to minimize the number of non-emergency calls officers too…

NIBRS Survival Kit: Understanding How NIBRS Will Benefit Agencies at the Local Level

Debra Nussman,
Many resources are available regarding how the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) will have widespread benefits at the national level. However, it can cause law enforcement personnel to wonder how they will keep up with all the…

NIBRS Survival Kit: An In-Depth Look at How NIBRS Differs from UCR

Debra Nussman,
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) is officially retiring on January 1, 2021. By that date, every law enforcement agency in the country will be required to use its replacement, National Incident Based Reporting Systems (NIBRS). A majority of agencies…

The Most Forgotten Tool in Law Enforcement

Rohit Chhabra
Daily routines among law enforcement are filled with challenges, risks and threats that range from walking into the unknown, undergoing highly stressful situations and the potential of physical harm. Imagine a world where technology has the…

Using Analytics and Data Visualization in the Fight Against a Pandemic

Kristin Meitzler,
Washington State had the first diagnosed case of COVID-19 in the country, and it hit us pretty hard right from the get-go, particularly in the Puget Sound area. Valley Communications 911 provides dispatching services for twenty-four police,…

The Key to Building Strong Community Relations in a Crisis

Sergeant Matthew Botkin,
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unique circumstances most generations have never experienced before. Previously, when law enforcement used the term “shelter in place,” it typically involved an active shooter or ongoing violent situation.…