National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

The Department of Justice defines human trafficking as “a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex” and is commonly referred to as “modern slavery”. Many think of human trafficking as transnational, when these heinous crimes are more often being committed right here in the United States. These horrendous acts continue […]

I’m a Corrections Officer, but I Feel Like a Prisoner

A corrections officer is a first responder occupation in every sense of the words. It’s a job that is characterized by the stigma of low status, high stress, and burnout. With high rates of chronic job-related stress, it’s easy to see how corrections officers can feel as trapped as the prisoners they guard. However, when[…..]

S-T-R-E-S-S Undesirable Letters for Firefighters

Firefighting has always been an occupation fit only for the brave.  In the firefighting community in America today, we face unprecedented new challenges.  There is no escaping the reality that the fire situation is getting worse, particularly for firefighters on the ground. Firefighters are increasingly being asked to cover more areas of expertise in more[…..]

Firefighters hanging up the helmet

Firefighters serve an entire career of being on-call. Nearly every day, they are out and about, working within their communities. Through hosting kindergarten classroom tours, blaring fire engine sirens in the parades, and hosting community barbecues and firefighter balls, they’ve gotten acquainted with the men and women who govern the town and own businesses. The[…..]

Stress As a Corrections Officer

You might be a corrections officer if. Jeff Foxworthy poked fun at rednecks, jabbing at nearly every occupation along the way, including stressful occupations like corrections officers. High wages, great benefits, and early retirement are benefits that attract workers to the job—one that comes with immense emotional stressors.   The United States Department of Labor[…..]

Compassion Fatigue: Are First Responders At Risk?

“Compassion fatigue” is a term that may be unfamiliar to some, but is rapidly becoming a recognized issue in our society.  One day, fire culture may see compassion fatigue listed and treated as a mental hazard along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Indeed, the two are often parallel .  But what is compassion fatigue?  […..]

Training forensic Investigators

With Forensics at the Forefront of Law Enforcement, Should You Field Train Your Investigators?

Forensic evidence sits at the center of criminal investigations across America. However, training forensic investigators is not the same as training law enforcement officers, EMTs, or firefighters. With this in mind, consider the ins and outs of training forensic personnel, the ethical issues involved, and how MdE Inc. can help. The Sensitivity of Forensic Evidence[…..]

Virtual Roundtable on Field Training hosted by MdE, Inc.

MdE Hosts Virtual Roundtable on Field Training

A recent virtual roundtable on field training philosophies, hosted by MdE, Inc. brought to light several thoughts on training new recruits in public safety. As a leader in public safety software for tracking training, MdE wants to bring together stakeholders, ensuring that the industry progresses as much as possible each year. Items from this roundtable[…..]

Changing Police Training

Changing Police Training

Policing has come under great scrutiny due to many unfortunate events and encounters. It’s become a hot topic in politics, and public confidence in police officers has significantly declined. So how can police departments strengthen public trust and ensure that their officers reflect an agency with ethical core values? Let’s consider changing the way new[…..]