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Body-Worn Cameras: The Issues That Matter

Throughout the U.S., most people have become familiar with law enforcement body-worn cameras. Results from the adoption of these new devices has been mainly positive; however, not entirely. As of 2016, 47 percent of law enforcement agencies with between 1 and 500 officers in the United States had adopted the use of body-worn cameras in…

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An Inmate’s Access to Health Care Is Mandatory by Law

Providing an inmate’s access to health care – adequate health care, to be more specific – is not only the socially responsible thing to do, it’s mandatory by law. In fact, there are only two groups of individuals who have the constitutionally guaranteed right to access medical care: Individuals remanded to mental health facilities, and…

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Better Policies & Procedures Can Reduce the Risk of Inmate Lawsuits

Do you worry about the possibility of an inmate lawsuit, a case where the inmate alleges that your agency or facility has violated their constitutional rights? Inmates’ constitutional rights are well discussed, understood, and included in most organization’s policies and procedures. Yet, inmate lawsuits are more prevalent than ever. The Prison Litigation Reform Act, passed…

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No-Knock Search Warrants: The Officer’s Perspective

When considering the use of no-knock search warrants, the requesting officer’s perspective may be different from the perspective of their agency’s administration. The real question is: Should there exist a difference in perspective or should energies be spent in ensuring that all reasonable perspectives are considered in deciding to use no-knock search warrants? In answering this question,…

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Policies and Procedures: Why They Are Must-Haves

Policies and procedures are very important. All well-trained and experienced individuals in corrections and law enforcement know this. Well trained administrators also know that their agencies will be judged directly on how staff conforms to their established policies and procedures. Simply Having Documentation May No Longer Be Enough What you may not know is that…

Wayland Cothron

POLICY DEVELOPMENT | … Recently, a Deputy was accused of a serious crime. This allegation is under investigation by the State. However, we were required to conducted a departmental investigation. Following the “ICE” policy guidelines, we navigated the incident observing the Deputy’s rights and protecting the Department’s interest. The internal investigation resulted in an employment…

Wayne Cole

RISK MANAGEMENT | We commend OSS for their effort in improving the risk management practices for the Cleveland Police Department. As a result of our association with OSS, it is our goal to transform the Cleveland Police Department into a model for the rest of the police departments in the state of Mississippi to emulate.…

Jimmy Houston

POLICY & PROCEDURES | The knowledge and experience that OSS brings to the table is a critical element in improving the quality of law enforcement and jail services provided by local police agencies throughout the State of Mississippi. I am proud to work with such professionals. Jimmy Houston, Director of Standards & Training, Mississippi Department of…

Arturo P. Vela

RISK MANAGEMENT | I personally call upon OSS Advisors to assist me in developing solutions to strategic issues and have not been disappointed. Their range of knowledge regarding police management and policy issues is especially helpful. What is just as important, these experts are team builders and inspire officer confidence by empowering officers through a…

Lenard Vare

POLICY & PROCEDURES | We are very happy with the product we purchased. In fact, we just completed the department-wide updates and are now in the process of training staff . I am glad we found OSS as it helped us build our policy and procedures manual is a very efficient manner. Lenard Vare, Director of…