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WORD CHOICE AND STORIES DO MATTER WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH ANY AUDIENCE Campus law enforcement nationwide must effectively engage with all their audiences to effectively do their jobs. Community engagement and public involvement is a combination of art and science. In the business of opening dialogue and conversation with our communities and our neighbors, the recent article in the New York Times summarizes the approach former President Bill Clinton takes in communicating with his audience and explains it well: “Charismatic and soulful, and with an emotional force that could transfix voters, Mr. Clinton ...
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If you are reviewing your crisis and emergency response plans, which you should do annually these 25 questions should be answered as part of your audit: 2016 Check List for Crisis and Emergency Planning Annual Audits and Updates - Now available for downloadin
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38 Important Questions to Answer Before You Invest - VIDEO Body cameras are just part of a complex audio and video documentation puzzle (Note: The Chicago dashcam video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zz03rvyhIk ) of the shooting of a 17-year old released last evening 11.24.15 raises many of the questions that must be answered prior to purchasing body or in-car video/audio cameras.) Let’s face it in law enforcement these days whether it is on campus or in the city, county and state LE groups the issue of outfitting officers with body cameras has become a national focus with many LE organizations rushing to get the grants ...
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Before issuing an email such as this one by the University of Missouri, which can potentially create or exacerbate a crisis (understanding any email will appear in the news) those who write such missives should consult their communications and legal departments and then ask themselves the following questions to minimize conflict and crisis: 1. How can this email be interpreted or perceived by someone outside of the organization and that is unfamiliar with the situation? 2. What are the legal and public relations ramifications to what the email says or doesn’t say? 3. What is the intent of the email and could it be perceived to infringe on Constitutional ...
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Nusura Brings Social Media Into the World of Crisis and Emergency Planning All colleges and universities, irrespective of size, these days are subject to crisis and emergency management disasters. The “it can’t or won’t happen here” mentality is a sure sign of denial. Those that take the time to plan and practice for their worst-case scenarios and be prepared in advance will survive and even thrive when the event occurs. Those that believe it “can’t happen to us” will not or will suffer greatly in the court of public opinion and probably the court of law. Perhaps equally important, whether they are nonprofit organizations, local, state or federal agencies, ...
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Note: This article is a follow up to the first article titled Creating a Campus Police Advisory Board. Introduction Once a campus has established their campus police/public safety advisory board The next step is developing the function and role of the board. This involves how the board will operate and how it will work. Developing the function and role of the board is a combination of practical organizational efforts combined with building the conceptual framework for the board. Conceptual meaning what will the board seek to accomplish. When considering these objectives there are five areas which should be considered: laws and regulations, ...
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With smartphones everywhere, police on notice they may be caught on camera In South Gate, (Los Angeles, CA) police had already been warned: Just expect that you might be filmed with cellphones and other cameras as you do your job. After high-profile uses of force caught on video in places like South Carolina, New York and L.A.’s skid row, officers in the Southeast L.A. suburb had been told to take filming in stride. If you're not doing anything wrong, police brass reasoned, what do you have to worry about? U.S. DEPUTY MARSHALL DESTROYS WOMAN'S CELL PHONE WHILE SHE IS VIDEOTAPING THEM READ MORE HERE ..
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From today's Daily News 4.21.15 NYPD recruits are about to get a crash course in the ABCs of policing. The federal monitor overseeing reforms to the NYPD wants the current class of Police Academy recruits to be taught groundbreaking new concepts like: Don’t be racist, don’t mock others, don’t tell sexist jokes and don’t hassle people for no reason. Read more here: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-new-fed-rules-nypd-training-101-article-1.2192488
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How NOT to Handle an Interview with the Media You are a small business owner or an elected official walking out of your home one morning and feeling good about the day. Lo and behold, a reporter is standing in your driveway, with a camera rolling, waiting to do an “ambush” interview. You’ve got two choices in a situation such as this, okay, well maybe three. You can run back inside and hide, or give the proverbial middle finger salute, or walk up and handle the situation as a professional and benefit yourself and our organization. All of us have seen such instances on television over and over, or you may have actually been the victim of one. This ...
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An attack by masked terrorists who stormed a university in eastern Kenya has left at least 147 people dead. Around 80 more have been confirmed as wounded in the siege at Garissa University, which has now ended after the four attackers detonated their suicide vests. The gunmen hurled grenades and fired automatic rifles as students were sleeping, shooting dead dozens before setting Muslims free and holding Christians and others hostage. The authorities are offering a reward for a man linked to the attack Survivors said the masked attackers singled out non-Muslim students and gunned them down without mercy. Others ran for ...
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Recently, I was asked by a university campus chief, now that I have been through tabletop exercises training, what is my next step? Now that you and your team have completed the recent emergency exercise training there are three follow-on basic steps you should undertake, if your intent is to plan and prepare for an actual event. Allow me to outline the three next step recommendations below: The immediate next step is to conduct a “vulnerabilities and risk assessment” of your entire campus and any satellite campuses. This can either be done through a self-assessment/audit that you conduct or by engaging a consultant. To get a ...
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By Dr. L. Darryl Armstrong Imagine for a moment, if you will, that you are a university with facilities in several counties or even several states. The ice storm of the century hits, or a tornado rips through the entire region, or the New Madrid finally shakes hard enough to cause major damage. You need to know as quickly as possible the state of your students, faculty, staff, employees and your facilities. How will you do this? Perhaps someday innovative crowdsourcing software currently under development by the military may be the answer. In the meantime, social media is rapidly becoming the primary source of information and intelligence ...
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Professional Reflections on Ferguson, Mo Grand Jury Announcement Preventing a crisis when the potential of civil unrest exists requires proactive communications before, during and after by law enforcement and the majority and minority leadership in communities. Relationships with the media should be established now. There is great concern that the Grand Jury announcement about the outcome of the investigation of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo. will result in civil unrest throughout various parts of the country and not just be confined to Ferguson. All parties at all levels of the federal, state and local levels of government responsible ...
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Preventing a Crisis: What Professionals Must Understand About Working with the Media By Dr. L. Darryl Armstrong APR CCMC CAMT www.ldarrylarmstrong.com 1.888.340.2006 Regrettably, the Ebola crisis will continue to be a top of the page story for the next several months. The conflicting messages given by the medical profession and the media have made sure of this. The medical profession has created this crisis by providing experts who are not necessarily good communicators to communicate about the disease and the infected patients. Although doctors may be experts at medical issues, they are not necessarily good communicators ...
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Greetings, Has your university restricted travel for employees or students due to the Ebola outbreak? Also for those of you with Medical centers or hospitals, what precautions do you have in place for your Security or Police who work in the ER? As always, THANK you for your assistance, jasper Jasper Cooke Director Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPaR) Georgia Regents University Augusta cepar@gru.edu Georgia Regents University 1120 15 th Street, Augusta, Georgia 30912 Office 706-667-4207 Treasurer ...
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Good afternoon All, I am interested in policies that you may have in place that deal with Ebola or other communicable disease response and control. Thank you for your assistance, Dav
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Small Businesses, Their Owners, Families and Campus Security Must Prepare for the Worst Case Scenarios – Key Questions By Dr. L. Darryl Armstrong APR CCMC CAMT www.ldarrylarmstrong.com 1.888.340.2006 NOTE: The advice and tips presented here can apply to you and your family, as well as your business. As a small business owner, we rarely think of ourselves as “targets” and yet frankly we are, especially if you are in a retail business and open 24/7, 365 days a year. You are targets for shoplifters, robbery, vandalism, parking lot theft and even active shooters. Any business that has walk in traffic can experience an active shooter, ...
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The history of individuals organized into a group to advise local police departments is long and interesting. Some of the earliest attempts at involving persons outside police departments in decision and review activities came from major police departments in cities in the northeastern United States. Today many municipal and campus law enforcement agencies have some type of advisory boards. The effort to improve local law enforcement operations through cooperative ventures with interested stakeholders is not new. College communities and their public safety agencies can benefit from developing advisory boards. This paper will discuss five topics for consideration ...
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FBI: Militants may be working on plan to strike US WASHINGTON (AP) — An al-Qaida cell in Syria that was targeted in American military airstrikes last month could still be working on a plan to attack the United States or its allies and is "looking to do it very, very soon," the head of the FBI says. The Khorasan Group, a small but battle-hardened band of al-Qaida veterans from Afghanistan and Pakistan, was the target of U.S. strikes near Aleppo, Syria. "Given our visibility we know they're serious people, bent on destruction," FBI Director James Comey said. Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/fbi-militants-may-working-plan-strike-us-133248297.html
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Joseph Zelenis is LECMgt’s special access and functional needs (SAFN) advisor. Joe is very interested in helping the disabled with the topic of emergency preparedness. For the past 27 years Joe has been a volunteer with the Los Angeles Police Department working a variety of assignments. He is currently assigned to the LAPD VST (Volunteer Surveillance Team) at West Valley Station where he is involved in the virtual patrol of high crime areas using surveillance cameras. I recently spoke with Joe and discussed how SAFN students can prepare for disasters and emergencies. I’ve recorded his suggestions here: Introduction Going to college ...
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