Editor’s Note: Because the language in the Brady-Giglio policy references law enforcement agencies and police officers specifically,those terms have been used throughout this article for consistency. However,it is important to note that the Brady-Giglio policy encompasses those who work in all areas of law enforcement,and as such,is applicable to all corrections staff/officials working in jails and prisons as well.
A headline like “Jail Fails to Comply with PREA”1 is not uncommon to read in the daily news. Unfortunately,some information being put out by various organizations is misrepresented on PREA and has caused confusion among our jails. Perhaps worse,they have negatively altered public perception of the Sheriff’s office and jails (After all,if you aren’t DOJ PREA compliant,you must not care about protecting the inmates from rape,right?)
What is intellectual property? How should you protect it and why? These are questions to have us think about the importance of protecting what is most important to us as law enforcement,detention agencies,and our associations,particularly what is developed to assist those we serve internally. Plagiarism may be the most sincere form of flattery,but in many cases it’s also illegal and sometimes creates a liability for the user.
In law enforcement,agencies spend significant resources annually training personnel for low frequency,high-risk events. Firearms training,resolving hostage situations,and active shooter scenario training receive regular agency attention. We learn from others who have encountered the threat and we learn from their response – what worked,what did not work,and critical lessons learned.