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AUGUST 2017 ISSUE
Risk Management
Law enforcement includes a variety of risks, ranging from clearly apparent risks such as the dangers that officers face in the field, to less obvious risks such as financial and organizational liability and stability. Law enforcement leaders and administrators have a responsibility to their agencies, their officers, and their communities to manage risk, including preventing unnecessary risks and mitigating the effects of unavoidable risks. Risk management concerns, techniques, and tools, such as those presented in this issue, can help leaders better serve their organizations and people through skillful risk management.
 
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FEATURES
Some Thoughts on Real Risk Management
Every aspect of law enforcement operations involves a level of risk; no task or activity in policing is free from the possibility that something might go wrong. However, leaders can protect their agencies if they identify potential risks and then develop and implement control measures to address them. Learn how to make risks manageable, how to categorize them into 10 “families,” and how to implement the three guiding principles of risk management.
 
Risk Management Through Fatigue Management
“More than half of police officers fail to get adequate rest.” Add this statistic to the fact that police work is notoriously stressful and psychologically draining, and it is easy to see why the proper management of officer fatigue can reduce an agency’s risk. Fatigue risk management guidelines, policies, and procedures are available to help officers measure and address excessive fatigue.
 
Unequipped, Underfunded, Understaffed: Investing in Your Officers to Manage Risk
What if the liabilities associated with risk management could be minimized with simple investments in agency personnel? What if these investments resulted in reduced complaints and fewer safety issues? In fact, investing in agency staff is an effective risk management decision. Developing creative strategies to address equipment, funding, and staffing issues can increase officer morale and decrease risks.
 
COLUMNS AND DEPARTMENTS
President’s Message
Use of Force Issues: Warning Shots and Shots Discharged at Moving Vehicles
Legislative Alert
DOJ Establishes Partnership to Combat Violent Crime
Research in Brief
Measuring Police Proactivity
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