SAI in partnership with the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Office produced season one of What’s New in Blue, a series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement, inspired by the approach used for TED Talks. The episodes feature informative discussions about ideas worth spreading throughout American policing in a format useful for viewing in roll call, training classes, or sharing with colleagues and across social media. The official page on the COPS website: https://cops.usdoj.gov/whatsnewinblue
S1E1 What’s New in Blue feat. Dr. Sheinberg
Episode 1 of What’s New in Blue features Dr. Jon Sheinberg, a Board Certified Cardiologist and sworn officer from Texas, who discusses the prevalence of coronary disease in law enforcement and offers suggested measures for officers to prevent heart attacks.
S1E2 What’s New In Blue: Interdiction for the Protection of Children feat. Capt. Derek Prestridge
The Texas Department of Public Safety established the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) Program in 2007. The program trains local law enforcement officers to identify and question suspects, during regular patrol stops, who may be trafficking children or involved in child abductions.
In 2014, the COPS Office awarded the Texas Department of Public Safety a Microgrant to implement a nationwide train-the-trainer program and it has received numerous accolades from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the country.
In Episode 2, Captain Prestridge speaks about the Interdiction for the Protection of Children project focusing on how the project began, its expansion across the country, and outcomes of the project.
S1E3 What’s New In Blue: Coffee with a Cop feat. Sgt. Chris Cognac
Episode 3, Chris Cognac is a Sergeant with Hawthorne (CA) Police Department (HPD). He was part of the team that created “Coffee with A Cop” in 2011 and is the main National Instructor for the Coffee with a Cop training class. A true believer in the ability of individual officers making a difference in the communities they serve, he talks about how he used his networking and communication skills as a force multiplier, and how all agencies can put people who want to help the community with those in need of an opportunity.
S1E4 What’s New In Blue: Policing in Indian Country feat. Chief Francis Bradley
Episode 4, Francis Bradley is the Chief of Police for the Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs, AZ. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 232 and retired as a commander with the Navajo Nation Police Department where he served from 1980 to 2002. Chief Bradley speaks about the importance of culture in policing in Indian Country.
S1E5 What’s New In Blue: Dispatch Response in Active Shooter Events feat. Dan Jewiss
Dan Jewiss is a retired Trooper and Detective of the Connecticut State Police. He worked as a Trooper for four years and then spent 12 years as a Detective in the Western District Major Crime Squad where he investigated numerous felony cases, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Mr. Jewiss speaks about the role and training needs of dispatchers as a tool to enhance the capacity of first responders during critical incidents.
S1E6 What’s New In Blue: Coordinated Responses to Mass Casualty Events feat. Dr. Pete Blair
Dr. J. Pete Blair is a Professor of Criminal Justice and the Executive Director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University. In FY 2017, the COPS Office made an award to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University to increase law enforcement and public safety through scenario-based training that prepares officers and other first responders to handle active-shooter and other violent threats safely and effectively. Dr. Blair speaks about the ALERTT Center and the importance of coordinating responses among law enforcement, fire services, and medical community to respond to active shooter/critical incidents.