2016’s Top Public Safety Articles from Lexipol

It’s the end of the year and you’re probably reading a lot of “top 10” lists. We didn’t want to be left out! Lexipol published more than 75 articles this year from our team of current and former public safety professionals. So with no further ado, here’s our list of most-read articles from 2016!

Top Legal Article
Q&A: Common Issues Arising from Traffic Stops
Following a Maryland ruling in which an agency’s policy to frisk passengers every time a motorist consents to a search was found unconstitutional, Ken Wallentine took some time to examine other common legal issues that come up at traffic stops. In this article he tackles whether officers can order vehicle occupants to stay in—or get out of—the vehicle, show their hands while in the car, identify themselves, and more.

Check out these other popular legal posts:
Beware “Cut and Paste” When Preparing a Warrant
Search of Backpack Incident to Arrest Can’t Be Justified When Suspect Is Handcuffed and Distant
Detector Dog Sniff in Common Hallways Violates Jardines Holding
Frisk Producing Key Fob Fails to Meet Plain Feel Doctrine

Top Law Enforcement Article
Priority of Life: Building a Better Model for PERF’s First Guiding Principle
When the Police Executive Research Forum released its Guiding Principles on the Use of Force earlier this year, many in law enforcement took issue with the recommendations, while others defended them fiercely. In this article, Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli takes a measured look at the first Guiding Principle, which deals with sanctity of life, and proposes a framework that can help agencies and officers meet the intent of the principle without endangering officer safety.

Don’t miss the other articles in this series:
Above and Beyond Graham v. Connor? Examining PERF’s Second Guiding Principle
The Legitimacy Test: A More Practical Approach to De-Escalation
Why PERF’s Prohibition on Shooting at Vehicles Sells Agencies Short

Top Fire Service Article
Learning to Lead: Why Departments Must Take a Proactive Approach to Fire Officer Development
How do you capture the experience that “walks out the door” when a senior officer retires? BC (Ret.) Sean Stumbaugh tackles this question and shares how departments can create a continuous pipeline of qualified officer candidates, then train and prepare them properly for the job.

 

Top Custody Article
Addressing Correctional Officer Stress
Those working in the custody setting face myriad stressors and as a result, emotional exhaustion and burnout are not uncommon among correctional officers. In this article, Lt. (Ret.) Lynne Woodruff examines causes of stress on correctional officers and, most importantly, what administrators can do to counteract stress and support their staff.

 

Top Policy Article
3 Best Practices for Accelerating Public Safety Policy Review and Approval
Many agencies struggle with policy review and approval; it’s easy to get bogged down in the review process, and not including the right people from the start can derail the project. Lexipol Implementation Services specialist Gregg Satula shares some strategies that can streamline the process.

 

Lexipol’s Policy Manual and Daily Training Bulletin Service provides legally defensible, best practice policies and training content for public safety agencies. Contact us today to find out more.

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Mokena (IL) Police Department

“If you compare Lexipol to other policy providers, Lexipol is the only one that has policy that has been vetted by other chiefs, industry experts and lawyers. All you have to do is tailor the policies to your agency’s needs.”

Captain Jesus Ochoa
Coronado (CA) Police Department

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Chief Joseph Morris
Arapahoe Community College (CO) Police Department

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Lt. Victor Pecoraro
Auburn (CA) Police Department

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Chief Corry Blount
Bartonville (TX) Police Department

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Chief Greg Knott
Basalt (CO) Police Department

“Lexipol gives you peace of mind because the policies that you’re implementing have been reviewed by professionals in the field and by attorneys—not just your agency’s legal counsel.”

Lt. Ed Alvarez
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) (CA) Police Department

“I like the mobile app because it tells me no matter where I am when I have updates to complete or when people take the DTBs. No matter where I am, I have access. The officers can get real-time updates. Everything is at their fingertips, any time.”

Assistant Chief Bill Holmer
Glen Ellyn (IL) Police Department

“It’s a no-brainer for me. Someone is watching for changes to laws for me, and then tweaking the content based on those changes or updates in best practices.”

Deputy Chief Robin Passwater
Kankakee (IL) Police Department

“If you don’t have Lexipol, even with a full-time person dedicated to policy, there’s almost no way you can keep updated on all the laws and also have the training component. It’s an excellent system.”

Commander Leslie Burns
Mercer Island (WA) Police Department

“Lexipol provides a huge advantage for agencies pursuing accreditation. The tools take about 60% of the difficulty out of the accreditation process. If you want to be accredited, this is the way to do it.”

Chief Steven Vaccaro
Mokena (IL) Police Department

“If you compare Lexipol to other policy providers, Lexipol is the only one that has policy that has been vetted by other chiefs, industry experts and lawyers. All you have to do is tailor the policies to your agency’s needs.”

Chief Ralph Maher
Oak Creek (CO) Police Department

“With Lexipol, I know our policy manual is going to be up to date. I can turn my back on it today and tomorrow there will be any needed updates waiting for me. That allows me to focus on some of the other things I have to do as a chief.”

Chief Jeff Wilson
Orofino (ID) Police Department

“The Lexipol Policy Manual is easy to use, it’s convenient and you have peace of mind knowing that you have a thorough manual that is going to stand up to any challenge the agency may face.”

Chief Kelly Stillman
Rocky River (OH) Police Department

“I can’t say enough about the positives from a chief’s perspective. I don’t know why everyone isn’t with Lexipol.”

Deputy Chief John McGinty
Simi Valley (CA) Police Department

“You get sued for your policies or you get sued for your actions, or both. You can only do so much about actions. But having Lexipol gives me confidence that if we draw a lawsuit, our policies won’t come under attack.”

Sheriff Gerald Antinoro
Storey County (NV) Sheriff’s Office

“Lexipol is one of the best products I have seen in my 30+ years in law enforcement.”

Chief Deputy Lauren Osborne
Surry County (NC) Sheriff’s Office

“If there’s a change as a result of case law, or a procedure that needs to change, Lexipol does the legwork, sends it to us, we approve it and send it out to our people for acknowledgement—and it’s all documented.”

Chief David Maine
The Village of Hunting Valley (OH) Police Department

“What we had before Lexipol had been around for years. It was like every other policy manual I had seen: It didn’t get the updates it needed. The Lexipol manual is a living, breathing document.”

Captain Jeff Schneider
Yakima (WA) Police Department

“KMS tracks and logs when people acknowledge and accept updates, which is very important, and it lets us track who isn’t getting the updates so we can give them the appropriate attention.”

Chief John Defore
Hiawatha, KS

“By offering 365 daily training bulletins to my officers, I am saving far more than the cost of the software every year. In fact, I was able to show my commissioners a cost savings by utilizing Lexipol for our policy and policy training needs.”

Lt. Craig Capps
White County (TN) Sheriff's Office

"I would recommend Lexipol to any law enforcement agency, whether three-person or 2,000-person—it makes no difference. The program works.”

Sheriff Blaine Breshears
Morgan County (UT) Sheriff's Office

“We had a use of force lawsuit, and as soon as the attorneys discovered that we have Lexipol, they said, ‘We won’t have an issue there.’ Our policies were never in question.”

Chief Deputy Klint Anderson
Weber County (UT) Sheriff's Office

“We spent a considerable amount of money and effort trying to develop and maintain comprehensive and legally based policies and procedures. Lexipol has relieved us of that burden and provided us with a policy system that we have great confidence in and that we can tailor to suit our particular goals and community standards.”

Sgt. Bryan Ward
Cumberland County (PA) Sheriff's Office

"Calling Lexipol an insurance policy doesn’t do it justice, because it doesn’t capture the enormous power that partnering with Lexipol provides.”

Chief Deputy Ray Saylo
Carson City (NV) Sheriff's Office

"It’s a huge priority of this administration to teach policy to our sergeants, and Lexipol’s Daily Training Bulletins help us do that. We are constantly drilling into them that policy will protect them as an individual officer. If they ensure that their people are following policy, even if they’re sued, they will be OK.”

Major Jeff Fox
Vigo County (IN) Sheriff's Office

“Lexipol’s Implementation Services program was key to getting our manuals off the shelf. If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t be implemented today. Departments should recognize their limitations and realize that they likely don’t have the resources to do it on their own. Implementation Services is key to getting it done.”

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