As the fires still smoldered in Lower Manhattan, Northern Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania, police across the country adopted what became known as the "9/12 Mindset." In time, however, the mantra of "see something, say something" was forgotten, and in many places budgets for counterterrorism slowly dwindled, and training began to wane. How do trainers recapture that urgency?
It remains to be seen whether the recruiting dilemma in the District will soon be fully solved—or if Mayor Bowser and Chief Contee will be saved by the court—but it is clear that there is a pressing need to have patrol officers working in the city on the Potomac.
Providing emergency first aid such as CPR, applying a tourniquet, stopping a sucking chest wound, or staunching the bleed of a gunshot wound is difficult and requires hours of training and preparation.
The ABLE Project is the result of a partnership between the Center for Innovations in Community Safety (CICS, formerly the Innovative Policing Program) at the Georgetown University Law Center and the global law firm Sheppard Mullin LLP.
Succession planning should be introduced during recruiting and initial academy training, integrated into in-service training and career development, and influence overall employee retention objectives.