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News Article | May 12, 2017
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According to the 2016 Department of Defense Survey of Active Duty Spouses, there is approximately a 23 percent unemployment rate among active duty spouses, and on average they spend five months looking for a new job.* Recognizing that military spouses who are in the job market crave flexibility to create their own hours and need a virtual office as a result of frequent military Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations A CruiseOne Company partnered with Military Spouse magazine to host a contest for military spouses who want to enter the travel industry. This Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Fredericksburg, Va. resident and Army wife Stacy Evans has been awarded a free Dream Vacations franchise. “Being a military spouse is one of the hardest jobs there is. As a result of having spouses who serve in the military and spend extended periods of time away from home as well as require frequent career moves, military spouses are extremely resilient, well-traveled and have to be organized,” said Tim Courtney, CFE, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs. “These traits are the glue which keeps families together and also makes a successful franchise owner. We believe owning a travel franchise is one way military spouses can earn extra income, while having the flexibility of working from home.” Evans has an entrepreneurial background and in 2002 launched an internet company providing updated BIOS (Basic Input Output System) chips for desktop computers and sold it in 2009. That job afforded her the time to be a stay-at-home mom and in 2014 she decided she wanted to go back to work. In 2015 she graduated from the 61st Basic Police Academy and started working with the Animal Protection Unit shortly after. Due to the long hours and commute resulting in many hours away from home, she decided to find a home-based business opportunity that gives her the flexibility to be there for her kids. “When my friend shared the link to the Dream Vacations Franchise contest on Facebook, I thought, that would be a perfect fit for me,” said Evans. “I truly believe everyone should have a hobby or activity just for them that brings them happiness. I’d want a business that would be portable if we were to move again. A business doing something that I enjoy.” Candidates participated in a phone interview and wrote a brief essay describing why owning a home-based travel franchise would be a valuable opportunity for their family. Twenty finalists were identified, with one final winner. The grand prize is valued at $12,700 and includes a complimentary Dream Vacations franchise and weeklong franchise training at the Dream Vacations’ state-of-the-art world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In addition to the waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees, Evans will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel and receive complimentary accommodations during the weeklong training. Following training, Evans will be able to take the business on the road if her husband is relocated. Dream Vacations has a “5-Star Ranking” as a member of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran initiative. Committed to giving back to the military community, Dream Vacations hosts “Operation Vetrepreneur,” an annual contest which awards five franchises to veterans; gives a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee; and offers additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates. Dream Vacations has received many national accolades as a franchise opportunity for veterans. It’s military-friendly awards include a number one ranking the past three years in a row by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Franchises” list, inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual “Hot Franchises for Veterans” the past six years and recognition by MSC Cruises in its first-ever Seaside Salute Award. Additional accolades include being named “Top 10 Military Friendly Franchise” by Forbes, “Top Veteran-Friendly Franchise” by Entrepreneur and U.S. Veterans magazines and inclusion on USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans.” Military spouses and others who have a passion for travel and entrepreneurism who are interested in opening a Dream Vacations travel franchise, please visit http://www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com or call 888-249-8235. Dream Vacations A CruiseOne Company is part of World Travel Holdings, the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. As an experiential brand, Dream Vacations is the only travel franchise opportunity to have a name that speaks to the variety of vacation experiences its franchisees sell. With unrivaled buying power, franchisees can provide competitive prices and exclusive offers when selling memorable vacation experiences such as cruises, resort stays and land tours. For more information on Dream Vacations, visit DreamVacationsFranchise.com. Like Dream Vacations on Facebook at Facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, and follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Fifth annual Youth for Human Rights South Asia Summit served as the first stage of the annual Youth for Human Rights World Educational Tour and brought together concerned human rights advocates from throughout the region. Some 200 human rights advocates gathered at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi, March 22, for the 5th annual South Asia Human Rights Summit of Youth for Human Rights International. The group, which seeks full implementation of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), emphasizes education as the key to accomplishing reform. The Summit, held in Lucknow and Nepal in previous years, also marked the launch of the 14th annual Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI). Special guests included Founder and President of Youth for Human Rights International, Dr. Mary Shuttleworth; YHRI South Asia President Andrew Chalmers, retired judge and Chief Secretary to the President of India’s National Human Rights Commission, C.K. Chaturvedi; State Coordinator of Police Research, Training and Policy and Superintendent of Madhya Pradesh State Police Academy, Vineet Kapoor; and Indian humanitarian and founder of Earth Saviours Foundation, Ravi Kalra. Also attending were delegates, volunteers, partners and friends from across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The Summit began March 22 with a conference in which youth delegates shared the results of their human rights activities over the past year. Their enthusiasm and passion was contagious, with young and old alike inspired to redouble their work to bring about peace and tolerance through human rights education. The following day, a standing room only crowd filled the conference room at the International Youth Hostel in Delhi. They learned how training on the Youth for Human Rights educational materials has caused a major shift in police attitudes and interaction with the community. Day three was a planning session, with key YHRI volunteers from academia, law, media, IT and business set goals and targets for the coming year to greatly expand YHRI as a national movement in India and across South Asia. Youth for Human Rights is one of the many humanitarian and social betterment initiatives supported by the Church of Scientology and Scientologists in alignment with the vision of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard who stated, “It is vital that all thinking men urge upon their governments sweeping reforms in the field of human rights.”


Dispute Over 'Fearless Girl' and 'Charging Bull' Statues Kevin L Smith Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas University of Kansas Smith can discuss the dispute over the "Fearless Girl" and "Charging Bull" statues in New York, the associated copyrights for each, copyright law and intellectual property: "This case is especially interesting since it involves a relatively new provision of the copyright act, the Visual Artists' Rights Act of 1990, which secures some specific 'moral rights' for a limited group of visual artists. Interpretation of VARA has been difficult for the courts, and this case could really push on the issue of what a right of integrity, not recognized in any other part of U.S. copyright law, really entails. How much, we might ask, should an artist be able to control the meaning of his or her own work?" Contact: Mike Krings, mkrings@ku.edu Supreme Court: Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley Daniel Conkle Professor Indiana University's Maurer School of Law "The Supreme Court in recent decades has moved steadily toward a 'neutrality' understanding of the First Amendment's Establishment Clauses. Under this approach, the government generally is free to include religious organizations in otherwise general programs of funding, for example, through voucher programs for private schools. At the same time, in the interest of federalism, the Court has permitted states, applying state constitutional law, to enforce a stricter separation of church and state. Missouri has denied funding for the church playground based upon a state constitutional provision. But by denying the funding the state has effectively discriminated against church-sponsored daycares, presenting the question of whether the state constitutional provision itself violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment," says Conkle. "The question is whether the First Amendment requires neutrality between religious and nonreligious organizations, and if so, then the state constitutional provision will have to give way. Many state constitutions include provisions similar to Missouri's, so as a result, the Court's decision could have broad implications." Conkle is available to comment on the oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley (4/19). According to Conkle, the case raises important issues, not only about church-state separation, but also about federalism and the intersection of state and federal constitutional law. An expert on the intersection of constitutional law and religion, Conkle is the author of Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses, which provides a theoretical and conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating the components of the Supreme Court's constitutional doctrine. His research addresses constitutional law and theory, religious liberty and the role of religion in American law, politics and public life. Conkle is also a Nelson Poynter Scholar at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. Bio: http://www.law.indiana.edu/about/people/bio.php?name=conkle-daniel-o Website: http://www.law.indiana.edu Contact: Kemba Neptune, Kemba.neptune@finnpartners.com Relationship-Building Between Law Enforcement and the Community Bill Cassell Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY The importance of fostering understanding between police departments and the communities they serve through pro-active education and relationship building has never been more apparent. Says Cassell: "Community policing is an essential step in building trust between local departments and the communities they serve. In light of today's divisive political environment pro-active outreach is a necessary relationship building step. Unfortunately, race relations and secure communities have been in the spotlight lately. No strategy that encourages officers to target certain racial or ethnic groups is going to turn out to be positive in today's culture. Local cooperation, mutual respect and education about use of force policies are key to increasing understanding of not only police work but of each other." Cassell is a retired law enforcement and chief of police, with over two decades of experience, most of which spent teaching others. In his role as manager at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice he planned, implemented and managed instructors for all law enforcement officer trainings across the state. Cassell has numerous certifications, in topics such as situational leadership, ethics, and community vulnerability assessment methodology.  In addition to these topics he is available to discuss ethics in policing, leadership and communications training, and the role of social media and technology in police departments. Contact: Jessica Brown, Jessica.brown@finnpartners.com The Increased Strain on Law Enforcement Dr. Walter E. Stroupe Chair & Graduate Coordinator, Criminal Justice Department at West Virginia State University West Virginia State University Charleston, WV The current challenges and controversies surrounding law enforcement departments include issues related to officer shortage, inadequate agency budgets, and public policy impacting state and local police departments. Says Dr. Stroupe: "Lost in our national conversation over policing is that America's social services are coming under an enormous amount of stress. We are seeing increased burnout and retirements across the spectrum, from child protective service workers and teachers to emergency responders, and it has been up to law enforcement to pick up the slack without increased budgets and staff. These new roles in policing are leading to departments stretched thin, funding shortages, and an overall inability to improve services. What law enforcement agencies across the country need now are more dedicated funds so that they can effectively adjust to new responsibilities, recruit better officers, and implement long-term strategies for their communities."  Dr. Stroupe has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including as a state Field Trooper, First Lieutenant, and retiring as the Assistant Director of Training at the West Virginia State Police Academy. He has been involved in developing and instructing criminal justice curriculum, including classes in race and gendered issues, domestic terrorism, sex crimes, and community oriented policing. Contact: Michael Timberlake, michaeltimberlake@finnpartners.com The Future of Learning is Personal Dr. Mickey Blackwell Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Education West Virginia State University Charleston, WV With advancements in the use of technology and student data in the classroom, personalized education initiatives are the future. Says Dr. Blackwell "Personalized learning is where we are all headed. Soon every child will have their own plans, tailored tests, and teachers will know in real-time how that student is performing. It will be up to teachers, with the help of their administrators, to craft new materials, exercises, and tasks that can bring out the best in their students. Plus with the right support, states and districts can that embrace this learning revolution and will be better equipped to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their students and what teachers need to be successful in the classroom. This is an immense challenge for the education system, but it will pay endless dividends if fully supported by teachers, policymakers, and parents." Dr. Blackwell has over 30 years of experience in teaching and school administration, including serving as superintendent and principal at multiple schools, and currently is the executive director for the West Virginia Association for Elementary and Middle School Principals. Dr. Blackwell can speak to developing district-based curriculum goals and related staff development and staff, as well as the impact of public policy on state public school educators and school administrators.  Contact: Michael Timberlake, michaeltimberlake@finnpartners.com Preparing College Students for Life After Graduation Marjorie Silverman Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Internship Studies FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) State University of New York New York, NY The transition of college students to the working world can be extremely challenging and stressful. Says Silverman: "The pressure on college students is at a dangerous level. Student debt, academic demands and a highly competitive job market leave college students overwhelmed, overstressed and exhausted. It has never been more urgent for higher education institutions to provide real-life experiential education that prepares the student for life after graduation." Working with leading employers in multiple industries, her areas of concentration include engaging students in an increasingly distracted world, expanding opportunities and commitments for non-traditional age students and innovative experiential educational programming. Silverman holds an M.A.in Organizational Psychology/Leadership from Columbia University. Contact: Ken Ferber, ferber@trueify.net Liberal Arts Education in the World of STEM David Harrity English Professor, School of Arts and Sciences Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY "We continually hear about the important role STEM education plays in regards to job opportunities. I argue that the movement toward pragmatic STEM education is creating a loss in the way people approach debate, communication and creativity. I see STEM degrees and liberal arts degrees as equally important. The ability to express differing opinions and take part in active listening is becoming an increasingly important skill needed to be effective in our deeply divided communities today. The philosophy behind a liberal arts education is for students to be exposed to challenging and thought provoking ideas. If we are truly committed to seeing the next generation succeed, we need to place equal value on both STEM and liberal arts education." An established writer, Professor Harrity has authored a number of books focused on poetry and imagination's connection to theology. In addition to the creative writing process, Harrity can discuss the positive and negative links between social media and human connection as well as the cultural shift toward enhanced self-selection which means people are no longer forced to process information that is difficult, emotional or uncomfortable. Contact: Jessica Brown, Jessica.brown@finnpartners.com Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/community/jobs/ Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/profnet-experts-available-on-copyright-law-education-and-technology-law-enforcement-more-300442067.html


News Article | June 15, 2017
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-- There is a new marketing firm in California, but its chief consultant Pennie Rorex is far from new to the business.Launched this week, Rorex Marketing Solutions' mission is to bring innovation, solutions and results to businesses and organizations. While the consulting firm is new for 2017, it is a resurrection of PR Consulting, a firm championed by Rorex in 1998, but retired more than a decade ago. "The entrepreneurial spirit in me never extinguished"said Rorex. "While I spent the last decade employed by others, I always missed the creative variety that consulting brings when working with different types of businesses simultaneously, versus one industry at a time."The new firm specializes in marketing strategies, advertising (digital and traditional), branding, content marketing, crisis communication, media relations, public relations, social media and promotional products.Joining Rorex in the relaunch is Allen Rorex, who was also part of the former PR Consulting.  Allen has more than 15 years experience in the promotional products industry. He will continue to lead the promotional products division of Rorex Marketing Solutions. "Promotional products are another part of the marketing mix, and Allen's expertise in this area is a perfect fit for our complete line of marketing communication solutions," said Pennie Rorex."It is great to be working together again," said Allen Rorex. "We compliment one another's strengths so well and when we brainstorm together, magic happens."Pennie Rorex has three decades of experience in marketing communications. Since retiring PR Consulting, she led the marketing efforts of the Stanislaus County Fair and most recently, Emanuel Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from California Baptist University. She was honored by her peers with the Maree Hawkins Communications Professional of the Year Award from the Central Valley Public Relations Organization for her commitment and excellence to the profession. She also holds a certificate of completion from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services Public Information Officer / Crisis Communications Course.Allen Rorex was recognized for his creativity and success with a "Salesperson of the Year" award, an honor bestowed to only one of the nearly 100 nationwide promotional product representatives in each year by a Colorado distributor. He is a former member of Ceres Rotary Club, where he was honored with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award. He has served on the Board of Directors for Bogey's Unlimited for the past two years. Allen is a former general contractor, a graduate from the Modesto Junior College Police Academy and is proud to have served in the United States Marines.For more information contact Rorex Marketing Solutions at RorexMarketing.com or phone (209) 667-7024. The marketing firm is based in Turlock, CA.


In the Line of Duty Receive press releases from In the Line of Duty: By Email In The Line Of Duty Introduces Exclusive Law Enforcement Training Video –“Ambush Recognition/What Every Cop Needs To Know” St. Louis, MO, June 16, 2017 --( In light of the ambush killings of multiple officers in Dallas (TX) and Baton Rouge (LA) and today’s ambush at a Congressional softball practice, this program has taken on added significance. The 1hr. 35 min. program is a full classroom presentation featuring Dick Fairburn from the Illinois State Police Academy. Mr. Fairburn is a 40-year veteran law enforcement officer and instructor who has spent years studying ambushes of law enforcement officers and their prevention. A video preview of the “Ambush Recognition/What Every Cop Needs To Know” is available at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r6HxeoJhz4. The program provides in-depth instruction related to: Common sense tips on how to avoid an ambush Why military training techniques can help cops avoid ambush Approaches that work in the real world for officers What can get cops into trouble in a potential ambush scenario Absolute/positive do's and don'ts for avoiding ambush How to watch your six and how to help fellow officers watch theirs This training program will cover all aspects of ambush recognition. From tactics employed by bad guys to lure in cops, to response protocol once you realize you are in an ambush situation. Instructor Dick Fairburn presents an in-depth course on ambush recognition. “It’s one of the most, in-depth and crucial training programs we have ever produced,” said Ron Barber, President of In the Line of Duty. This 105:00+ video download/DVD includes the following materials: Trainers Guide/Duty Sheet Tests and Certificate of Completion included. POST approved for continuing education in most states. In the Line of Duty is the only online reality-based video producer of law enforcement training and education. Its Learning Management System is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals for roll call, academy, and in-service training in addition to classroom and distance learning. Their modules utilize feature-rich law enforcement education and training using real video, with input from those involved. The Line of Duty online library includes over 300 courses in streaming video and downloadable formats covering virtually every aspect of policing. The company offers instant access to hundreds of programs/courses for immediate purchase/download, allowing law enforcement agencies and cities and municipality management to customize and get the training they need instantly. “We are the gold standard in law enforcement video training, and I am proud that we have not only provided invaluable information and education for over 20 years but also, and most importantly, have saved lives in the process,” says LOD President Ron Barber. Additional details regarding In the Line of Duty and Ambush Recognition/What Every Cop Needs to Know are available by calling (314) 890-8733 or by emailing info@lineofduty.com. For more information about the company - including access to their entire catalog of video-based training modules and the complete line of products - visit www.lineofduty.com. About In The Line of Duty Starting as a producer/provider of VHS training for law enforcement in 1995, In the Line of Duty was founded by veteran broadcast journalists Ron Barber and Don Marsh. The company rapidly evolved from the VHS format to CD-Rom and, currently, DVD, online and digital. Its hundreds of training programs, the largest such video library in the world, currently numbers over 300 and is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals, educators, trainers and students in all 50 states and Canada. St. Louis, MO, June 16, 2017 --( PR.com )-- In the Line of Duty – the world leader in law enforcement video and internet training – has launched their newest online video training based on “best practices” learning from law enforcement leadership entitled “Ambush Recognition/What Every Cop Needs To Know.”In light of the ambush killings of multiple officers in Dallas (TX) and Baton Rouge (LA) and today’s ambush at a Congressional softball practice, this program has taken on added significance.The 1hr. 35 min. program is a full classroom presentation featuring Dick Fairburn from the Illinois State Police Academy. Mr. Fairburn is a 40-year veteran law enforcement officer and instructor who has spent years studying ambushes of law enforcement officers and their prevention.A video preview of the “Ambush Recognition/What Every Cop Needs To Know” is available at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r6HxeoJhz4.The program provides in-depth instruction related to:Common sense tips on how to avoid an ambushWhy military training techniques can help cops avoid ambushApproaches that work in the real world for officersWhat can get cops into trouble in a potential ambush scenarioAbsolute/positive do's and don'ts for avoiding ambushHow to watch your six and how to help fellow officers watch theirsThis training program will cover all aspects of ambush recognition. From tactics employed by bad guys to lure in cops, to response protocol once you realize you are in an ambush situation. Instructor Dick Fairburn presents an in-depth course on ambush recognition.“It’s one of the most, in-depth and crucial training programs we have ever produced,” said Ron Barber, President of In the Line of Duty.This 105:00+ video download/DVD includes the following materials:Trainers Guide/Duty SheetTests and Certificate of Completion included.POST approved for continuing education in most states.In the Line of Duty is the only online reality-based video producer of law enforcement training and education. Its Learning Management System is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals for roll call, academy, and in-service training in addition to classroom and distance learning. Their modules utilize feature-rich law enforcement education and training using real video, with input from those involved.The Line of Duty online library includes over 300 courses in streaming video and downloadable formats covering virtually every aspect of policing. The company offers instant access to hundreds of programs/courses for immediate purchase/download, allowing law enforcement agencies and cities and municipality management to customize and get the training they need instantly.“We are the gold standard in law enforcement video training, and I am proud that we have not only provided invaluable information and education for over 20 years but also, and most importantly, have saved lives in the process,” says LOD President Ron Barber.Additional details regarding In the Line of Duty and Ambush Recognition/What Every Cop Needs to Know are available by calling (314) 890-8733 or by emailing info@lineofduty.com.For more information about the company - including access to their entire catalog of video-based training modules and the complete line of products - visit www.lineofduty.com.About In The Line of DutyStarting as a producer/provider of VHS training for law enforcement in 1995, In the Line of Duty was founded by veteran broadcast journalists Ron Barber and Don Marsh. The company rapidly evolved from the VHS format to CD-Rom and, currently, DVD, online and digital. Its hundreds of training programs, the largest such video library in the world, currently numbers over 300 and is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals, educators, trainers and students in all 50 states and Canada. In the Line of Duty Ron Barber 314-890-8733 www.lineofduty.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from In the Line of Duty


News Article | June 15, 2017
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and multiple congressional aides were hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning. Shortly after his attack, the gunman (identified as James T. Hodgkinson) was taken down by Scalise's Executive Protection detail. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/14/virginia-gop-baseball-practice-shooting-multiple-people-shot.html) At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized. Scalise was in critical condition after suffering damage to internal organs, and his injuries will require additional operations, according to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center medical update late Wednesday. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the chaotic scene to CNN: "We were like sitting ducks, and without the Capital Police, we would have all been killed." Kent Moyer, CEO of The World Protection Group, Inc. (a full service international security firm that specializes in Executive Protection) had this to say about how attack: "The Dignitary Protection team of the Capital Police response was excellent. From the moment of recognition of the attack to the response was only three minutes. That fast response stopped a massacre from happening. Dignitary Protection Units go through a total different training than the Police Academy. It was the Officers’ specialized training & high level of alertness that stopped this attack.” The World Protection Group, Inc. (WPG) is based in Beverly Hills, CA, and has offices in New York City and Mexico City, Mexico. "Our philosophy and techniques are based on the United States Secret Service method of providing proactive and preventative protection," says Moyer. "The World Protection Group has worked with some of the most high profile individuals in the world, and in the history of the firm has never experienced an incident that might have caused harm or embarrassment to our client." Learn more about The World Protection Group, Inc at: http://worldprotectiongroup.com/


News Article | June 2, 2017
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FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, New York City Police Officer Lamont Edwards talks to actor Nathan Purdee during a Crisis Intervention Training class at the New York Police Department Police Academy, in New York. Even before an encounter between a schizophrenic woman and a police sergeant in October 2016 left her dead and him now facing a murder charge, NYPD officials realized the need for officers to better understand how to manage mental illness, and created a specialized training. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) NEW YORK (AP) — A year before a police sergeant shot and killed a bat-wielding woman with schizophrenia, the New York Police Department began giving officers specialized training on how to handle the mentally ill. But the sergeant, who was charged this week with murder, hadn't received it. The October shooting of Deborah Danner became a searing illustration of the argument for the training, which so far has reached about 5,800 of the department's 35,000 officers. The NYPD says it's trying to extend it as widely and quickly as possible. Mental health advocates and a city police watchdog group have praised the program, but they also have said it needs to be better put into practice. "The training of police officers is critically important," says Steven Coe, CEO of Community Access, a mental health advocacy and services organization. But "there's things the city needs to be doing, overall, beyond the training." While the NYPD already had a small, highly trained unit for mental health cases, the crisis intervention training was meant to give more officers a better chance at de-escalating confrontations. It's now being expanded to additional shifts. Since Danner's death, the department has been focusing on training sergeants and other higher-ranking officers. Police spokesman Stephen Davis said the aim is to prepare as many officers as possible, but it takes time. "We're moving in the right direction," he said. "It's a priority." The NYPD responded to 157,000 calls of people in crisis last year. Most end without harm. But not the call that brought Sgt. Hugh Barry to Danner's apartment on Oct. 18, 2016. Barry persuaded the 66-year-old Danner to drop a pair of scissors, police said. But after she picked up a baseball bat and brandished it toward him, he shot her twice in the torso, prosecutors said. Danner was black and Barry is white. Barry had a stun gun but didn't use it, and prosecutors said he disregarded the training he did have. The eight-year police veteran has pleaded not guilty. His union leader decried the charges, saying it's clear the sergeant didn't intend to harm Danner and had to make a split-second decision. Crisis intervention training explores how to recognize signs of mental illness, respond to such calls and empathize with someone in the throes of a crisis. During the four-day program, officers hear from patients, mental health professionals and police officials. Mental health advocates — and a January report from the city's inspector general for police — say the training is well-done, but not so well deployed. "If you're going to have people trained, you have to follow through," said Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation, a Boston-based charity that aids and advocates for people with disabilities. "They did all the right things, except for the implementation." The city's 911 dispatchers can't tell which officers have had the training, so they can't steer them to calls of people in crisis. The NYPD notes, however, that police supervisors have a list of trained officers and can direct them as needed. The department also has said it needs other city agencies to do their part by creating drop-off centers where officers can take people who don't need to be arrested or hospitalized. A 2014 city plan pledged to open two such centers by 2016, but it hit snags. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio recently said they're expected to open next year. Meanwhile, the murder case surrounding Danner's death will play out in court. In a 2012 essay, she agonized over the deaths of mentally ill people like her at the hands of police. At the top of her "wish list" for helping people like herself: "Teaching law enforcement here how to deal with the mentally ill in crisis."


ST. LOUIS, MO, November 30, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In the wake of the riots and police actions and responses connected to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, In the Line of Duty - the world leader in law enforcement video and internet training - has launched their newest online video training based on "best practices" learning from law enforcement leadership entitled "Ferguson/The Lessons Learned". Deemed "the Seminal Incident in 21st Century Law Enforcement", this exclusive video features a one-on-one interview with Chief of Police for the St. Louis County Police Department, Col. Jon M. Belmar. The 1hour 30-minute training video includes the very first and exclusive in-depth overview and analysis of the incident which has literally impacted law enforcement training and education nationally. In Col. Belmar's own words: "If you only saw it on TV, you have absolutely no idea of the enormity of the incident and law enforcement's (necessary) responses." Esteemed Film Reviewer for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Journal - David Blake, M.Sc., F.S.A., C.C.I. - calls In the Line of Duty's new training video Ferguson/The Lessons Learned "an invaluable narrative" and "highly recommended": "In the Line of Duty's; Ferguson, The Lessons Learned - Part 1 is an exceptional debrief of law enforcement's actions following the officer involved shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The most captivating aspect is (that) the entire film circumscribes an in-depth interview with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who was at the center of the storm. Chief Belmar presents as an exemplary law enforcement executive who speaks candidly on every aspect of the events after the shooting. His revealing explanations concerning his decision-making processes while describing what went well and what didn't are educational." "The contents of Chief Belmar's description of events are highly relevant to law enforcement, but also to politicians, city managers, and all those with law enforcement oversight. Chief Belmar incentivizes the need to watch the film through this compelling quote; "It can happen to you..." In the Line of Duty is the only online reality-based video producer of law enforcement training and education. Its Learning Management System is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals for roll call, academy, and in-service training in addition to classroom and distance learning Their modules utilize feature-rich law enforcement education and training using real video, with input from those involved. The Line of Duty online library includes over 300 courses in streaming video and downloadable formats covering virtually every aspect of policing. The company offers instant access to hundreds of programs/courses for immediate purchase/download, allowing law enforcement agencies and cities and municipality management to customize and get the training they need instantly. "We are the gold standard in law enforcement video training, and I am proud that we have not only provided invaluable information and education for over 20 years but also, and most importantly, have saved lies in the process", says LOD President Ron Barber. Additional details regarding In the Line of Duty and Ferguson/The Lessons Learned are available by calling (314) 890-8733 or by emailing info@lineofduty.com. For more information about the company - including access to their entire catalog of video-based training modules and the complete line of products - visit http://www.lineofduty.com. About In The Line of Duty Starting as a producer/provider of VHS training for law enforcement in 1995, In the Line of Duty was founded by veteran broadcast journalists Ron Barber and Don Marsh. The company rapidly evolved from the VHS format to CD-Rom and, currently, DVD, online and digital. Its hundreds of training programs, the largest such video library in the world, currently numbers over 300 and is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals, educators, trainers and students in all 50 states and Canada. David Blake, M.Sc., F.S.A., C.C.I., is a police practices / UoF expert witness and is a contract instructor with the California Training Institute facilitating their CA-POST certified courses entitled; Force Encounters Analysis & Human Factors, Threat and Error Management. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, and a current Police Academy and Force Options Simulator Instructor. He is a published author in several periodicals and journals to include a quarterly column with PoliceOne online magazine entitled; "The Science of Training". He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and a Master's of Science in Psychology. He is a Certified Criminal Investigator with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and a Force Science Certified Analyst with the Force Science Institute


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Kenneth Johnson Jr. has found his dream job working as a police officer at the University of South Alabama. It’s also the place where he earned his degree while playing college football. “It’s home for me,” he says. Kenneth has found his niche, but there were challenges to tackle along the way. In elementary school, Kenneth began having trouble paying attention, and was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In high school, his counselor suggested looking into Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for help planning his career future. VR is a federal-state agency that helps people with disabilities get or keep a job. Kenneth decided to give it a try. He then began meeting with counselor Carol Archie. According to The National Resource on ADHD, approximately 10 million adults are diagnosed with ADHD. This disorder may hinder academic and career success, resulting in unemployment. Carol was not going to let Kenneth become another statistic. “Kenneth showed a lot of independence. He was the one who came in by himself,” Carol says. “It was hard for him to focus sometimes with ADHD, and he needed a lot of encouragement. We were able to provide ongoing vocational guidance and counseling.” Earning a college degree and playing football had always been a dream of Kenneth’s, but when he wasn’t offered a football scholarship on the University of South Alabama team, he wasn’t sure what to do. VR made playing as a walk-on offensive lineman a reality by providing housing and other financial means to keep him afloat. “Thanks to VR, I didn’t have to worry about where to stay,” Kenneth says. “I knew I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t have the resources. They helped me do that and allowed me to focus on academics and not finances.” Kenneth’s college experience didn’t only include playing football. He also dedicated himself to his degree in Criminal Justice. Carol agrees that being a police officer was the perfect path for him. “He is very respectful to everyone,” she says. “You could look up to him, as a person, and an officer.” After Kenneth completed his degree, he was offered an internship at the University of South Alabama Police Academy, which turned into a job offer. He says the favorite part of his career is the interaction he has with students. He even speaks at orientation. “I love talking to freshman who have no idea what they are getting into,” Kenneth says. “I like to give them insight on how to manage their time and how to make themselves successful.” Kenneth doesn’t let his ADHD keep him from focusing on his ambitions, and believes it contributes to his strong work ethic. He believes employers should view it the same way. “People with disabilities are just like any other people, except that we have to work twice as hard to get over that disability,” he says. “Ultimately, that’s what employers should see.” If working full-time as a police officer wasn’t enough, Kenneth is also earning his Master’s degree. Scheduled to graduate in spring of 2017, Kenneth is earning a degree in Time Management and Discipline. “I knew I wanted to further my education and do something that is bigger than me,” Kenneth says. He also knows that Carol is one of the reasons he is able to do so. “She really wanted to help me become successful,” he says. “She is still a part of my life, and I really appreciate all that she has done.” About Vocational Rehabilitation Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. The employer-focused website, https://abilitieswork.employflorida.com/, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 90 offices across Florida, and last year helped 5,760 Floridians with significant disabilities find or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit http://www.Rehabworks.org.


News Article | December 21, 2016
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Contribution in Memory of Blake Snyder and Other Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty -- Roeslein & Associates, Inc. recently presented The BackStoppers organization with a check for $50,000 in memory of Officer Blake Snyder and other police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Ron Battelle, Executive Director of The BackStoppers and former St. Louis County Police Chief, received the contribution during a presentation at Roeslein & Associates headquarters December 14, 2016.The BackStoppers is an organization that provides needed financial assistance and support to the spouses and dependent children of all police officers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, and publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs in our coverage area who have lost their lives or suffered a catastrophic injury performing their duty."It is an honor and privilege to help these families. It is also an honor and privilege to accept this contribution from Rudi and the company. We will be eternally grateful for what you have done here," Battelle said. "We deeply, deeply appreciate this donation."Owner of Roeslein & Associates, Rudi Roeslein, addressed the company during this donation ceremony stating, "For those whom do not know, Jeremy Quate of our Red Bud facility attended training at the Police Academy with Office Blake Snyder. Shortly after Officer Snyder's passing, Jeremy reached out to me asking if I was aware of The BackStoppers program. I already knew I wanted to help in whatever way possible and this confirmed that Roeslein & Associates would be taking action." Mr. Roeslein continued on by saying, "As a company in the Lindbergh school district and a significant contributor to this community I think it is our duty to show support for our police. I thank them for their continued service and hope that this contribution will help to make a difference."The BackStoppers Organization will use this donation to assist Elizabeth Snyder, wife of fallen Officer Blake Snyder, on putting a down payment on a new home for her and her family.  The BackStoppers organization continues to support the surviving spouse and all dependent children until they reach age 21 or complete their post-secondary education. The BackStoppers currently supports 81 families with 66 dependent children and has supported 160 families since 1959 in its inception.Roeslein & Associates was founded in 1990, specializing in engineering, modular fabrication and construction services. The company has product offerings in both the container manufacturing industry and the process and energy sectors with annual revenues over $200 million. Its 400+ employees are spread throughout offices in St. Louis, MO (HQ), Red Bud, IL, Denver, CO, Birmingham, UK and Shanghai, China. To find out more, please visit www.roeslein.com

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