BE DEFENSIBLE:
Knowing the Differences Between National Standards, Contract Agreements and Legal-Based Guidelines

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director The September 12th headline from the Huffington Post states “Muslim Inmate Claims Kansas Prison Officers Harassed Her Over Headscarf.”1  The national legal advocacy group Muslim Advocates has notified the Leavenworth Detention Center (LDC), the Department of Justice and the US Marshals Service the “actions that have taken place in…

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Sheriff’s Office or Sheriff’s Department?

In early 2011,I was comfortably ensconced in what I believed would be my retirement home. Sitting on a ridge overlooking the Dunnavant Valley in north Alabama,the house location allowed me to look across the valley and view the changing seasons and the abundant wildlife which frequented the property. All was good.

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ARE YOU PREA READY? (Part 2)

by Tate McCotter and Laurie Gibbs

*NOTE* – This is part two of last month’s “Solutions to PREA”

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Solutions to PREA – Part 1

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?)

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Be Careful Not to Build Your Own Trojan Horse

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.

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The Ultimate Challenge:
Constructing a New Jail

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.

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