Top Public Safety Articles from Lexipol in 2017

Top 10 Public Safety Articles - LexipolFrom new threats such as synthetic opioids to tried-and-true challenges involving social media and use of force policies, 2017 was a busy year for public safety. And Lexipol’s subject matter experts were busy too, publishing more than 110 articles to keep you on top of the issues. We’re betting you didn’t read them all, so here’s a quick recap of some of our most-read articles of the year.

Top Public Safety Article
Responding to Fentanyl Incidents: First Responder Safety Considerations
Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl can be fatal in extremely small doses. But as recent headlines show, it’s not just drug users who are at risk. Firefighters, EMT/paramedics and police officers have all been harmed by inadvertent exposure to fentanyl and other opioids. In one case, it took four doses of naloxone to revive an officer. Sean Stumbaugh tackles this new risk to emergency responders in an article that compares incidents involving opioids to hazmat incidents. He details the four routes of exposure and how they apply to fentanyl and discusses some important steps all first responders must take to limit their risk.

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Top Law Enforcement Article 
Imperfect Recall: How Memory Impacts Police Use of Force Investigations
Following a use of force incident, everyone wants to know the details of what happened. When the officer’s account of the event doesn’t match up with video from the scene or the accounts of other officers or bystanders, it can raise questions. Is the officer deliberately trying to distort details from the incident? In this article, Jason Helfer shares important information about how human perception, memory and recall work following high-stress incidents—and why the expectations we place on officers to recall use of force events are often unrealistic and even harmful.

Check out these other popular law enforcement posts:
National Consensus Policy on Use of Force Should Not Trigger Changes to Agency Policies
Is It Worth It? Reflections on a Law Enforcement Career

Top Fire Service Article
The 30-Year Incident: Successful Firefighter Retirement Requires Assuming Command of Your Career
It’s no secret that, while taking care of others, first responders sometimes forget to take care of themselves. In this article, Sam DiGiovanna asks readers to approach their career like it’s a 30-year incident. Just as incident commanders must perform continual size-up and hazard avoidance, the IC of the “30-year incident” must consider factors such as exercising and eating right, being prepared for life-changing events such as promotions, marriage, death, etc., and developing a “crew” of trusted confidants. The goal in both cases is successful incident resolution—in the case of a career, that means a healthy, happy retirement.

Top Corrections Article
The Evolution of Prison Design and the Rise of the Direct Supervision Model
Part of a three-article series on the history of jail facilities from Lynne Woodruff, this article focuses on how prison design has changed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and how societal changes and philosophies about incarceration and rehabilitation shaped prison architecture. Learn how designs such as the Panopticon, radial design and telephone pole design eventually culminated in the Direct Supervision model of incarceration, which is widely used today.

Top Legal Article
6th Circuit Outlines New Guidelines for Police Use of Force During Medical Emergencies
Graham v. Connor is used to judge the reasonableness of police use of force. But what happens when an officer must use force to save the life of someone experiencing a medical emergency? In this article, Ken Wallentine reviews the 6th Circuit decision in Hill v. Miracle, in which the court laid out a new test to judge whether an officer should receive qualified immunity when using force to help resolve a medical emergency.

Check out these other popular legal posts:
5th Circuit: Recording Police Officers Is a Clearly Established Right
8th Circuit Case Clarifies Scope of Vehicle Searches

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Director Daniel Keen
Northampton (PA) Department of Corrections

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

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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.”

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 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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 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 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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Chief Corry Blount
Bartonville (TX) Police Department

“I feel comfortable that when we issue a policy, it covers what it needs to cover. It’s the most comprehensive policy content I’ve used in my career.”

Lt. Victor Pecoraro
Auburn (CA) Police Department

“The updates are super easy because you can pop them open, see the redline versions and be able to edit it on the fly. Once I learned I could do that, I was excited.”

Chief Joseph Morris
Arapahoe Community College (CO) Police Department

“Officers are not infallible. We have limited memories like everyone else. Working under stress presents more challenges. There are times we need to access policies in the field so we are comfortable in our decision making. The mobile application has been great for this!”

Captain Jesus Ochoa
Coronado (CA) Police Department

“Knowing that Lexipol is keeping our policies current means that there isn’t something else for us to worry about. We can focus on our jobs. That definitely gives us peace of mind.”

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.”

Jim Franklin, Executive Director
Minnesota Sheriffs' Association, MN

"Lexipol is, indeed, ahead of the curve with their unique risk management solutions in law enforcement. The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association has been eagerly anticipating the release of the Lexipol Custody Manual. Lexipol meets the needs of law enforcement and custodial agencies by recognizing the emerging challenges facing our agencies, and providing comprehensive tools and resources to reduce liability and risk in a professional and highly efficient manner. The Minnesota Sheriffs' Association is proud of its continued partnership with Lexipol."

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