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Why and How (Most) Police Departments Should Go Paperless

Posted by Pierce Smith on Apr 16, 2019 10:14:38 AM

It's likely no child has ever spent a wish on becoming a paper pusher, but it's an unavoidable part of nearly every job. Some companies, like those serving other businesses or selling goods directly to consumers, have pivoted to cloud-based document management, while others, namely government agencies and organizations serving the public, continue along the paper trail.

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How Police Executives Can Use New Technology to Comply with State Laws

Posted by Pierce Smith on Apr 4, 2019 9:09:19 AM

In a 2017 study, the Vera Institute published a study on state-level police reform. They found two goals drove the majority of new laws: increase police confidence and improve police safety. Between 2015 and 2016, "34 states and the District of Columbia enacted at least 79 bills, executive orders, or resolutions . . .to change some aspect of policing policy or practice." When looking at the entire data set, researchers identified three outcome categories for the new legislation: "improve policing practices; document police operations; and increase accountability in police use of force cases."

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Why You Should Align Evidence-Based Policing with Your Training

Posted by Pierce Smith on Mar 25, 2019 10:17:55 AM

Evidence-based practice is not unique to policing. In fact, its proponents belong to a variety of professions, including medicine, management and public policy. For example,  in the late 90's , medical educators began to advocate for "Best Evidence Medical Education." The movement emerged to promote medical training developed  through "intellectual rigor" rather than 'intuition and tradition.' (Source)

Sound familiar? 

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How to Develop Goals for Your In-Service Learning Management System

Posted by Pierce Smith on Mar 14, 2019 1:26:38 PM

Training doesn't have a sterling record in the business world. Studies have found that after one hour, people forget more than 50% of a lesson. 

This isn't necessarily new information, either. In the 19th century, German Psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus, published research demonstrating "The Forgetting Curve." He found that humans forget 40% of what they learn within 20 minutes.

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Police FTO Software: What Should It Do for Your Department?

Posted by Pierce Smith on Mar 7, 2019 9:31:05 AM

You've heard the saying, "Those who can't do, teach." That might be true for an aspiring actor turned high school drama instructor, but when it comes to field training officers (FTOs), it's typically an agency's top performers who are chosen to teach your department's recruits.

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5 Ways Law Enforcement Can Use People Data

Posted by Pierce Smith on Feb 28, 2019 8:48:17 AM

You already know your department produces a lot of data. As we shared in a previous post, researchers from the University of Chicago identified seven areas of data that provide law enforcement leaders with actionable insight: 

  • Training and Certifications
  • An Officer’s On-Duty Activity
  • Use-of-Force Incidents
  • Internal Affairs Review and Case Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Officer Profile – a LEO’s historic and holistic record
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People Data: What It Is and How Police Departments Can Use It

Posted by Pierce Smith on Feb 21, 2019 4:42:57 PM

People produce a lot of data. How much is a lot of data? Research company IDC , “estimates that by 2025, approximately 80 billion devices will be connected to the internet and the total amount of digital data generated worldwide will hit 180 zettabytes.”

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3 Tips for Navigating Today’s Officer Shortage

Posted by Bob Tulini on Mar 29, 2018 3:01:14 PM

The news on officer shortages across the country just keep on coming. Departments from coast to coast are experiencing a deficiency of qualified candidates to fill an increasing number of open police officer positions. Here are three tactics to employ as you turn to a job market that’s underserving your current needs.

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Tips for Assessing Your Professional Standards and Early Intervention Systems

Posted by Matt Laskowski on Mar 15, 2018 9:37:40 AM
Have you ever taken a self-assessment exercise? Often times the first thing you're told is that there are no right or wrong answers – the objective is to become more aware of the totality of characteristics that comprise your identity. Makes sense, right? But unfortunately, that same principle does not apply to organizational self-assessment – there are right answers and there are definitely wrong answers.
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The 6 Must-Haves of an Early Intervention System

Posted by Matt Laskowski on Mar 12, 2018 9:13:32 AM
Does your early intervention system allow you to identify potential problems and intervene with customized responses at the very first sign that something could be going wrong? Here are 6 must-haves to look for when evaluating how well your current early warning system is serving you and your department.

1. Research-based

We know that research and analytics play a major role in human capital management across almost all professions and industries. We should be looking outside of law enforcement to inform ourselves on best practices that can be applied to the unique needs and goals of police departments. That means considering an early intervention system that is grounded in research and fueled by an analytics engine.
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