What’s New in Blue

Inspired by the approach used for TED Talks, What’s New in Blue is a series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement. 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.

FEATURED EPISODE

Season 2 | Episode 2: Stop the Bleed feat. Dr. Alex Eastman

In colloquial terms, Alex Eastman can be described as a “unicorn.” He is a Dallas (Texas) Police Department (DPD) lieutenant, the lead medical officer for DPD special weapons and tactics (SWAT), and the Deputy Medical Director of the department. In addition, he was appointed to serve as senior medical advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and he is a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal on the North Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In this episode of What’s New in Blue, Dr. Eastman discusses life-threatening hemorrhages, which are a huge threat to officers who have been injured in the line of duty and are a major concern to medical professionals who treat them. Using his wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Eastman equips the audience with information to help “Stop the Bleed,” in order to reduce the loss of life due to traumatic bleeding.

Season 1

Season 1 | Episode 1: What’s New in Blue feat. Dr. Jon Sheinberg

This episode 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.

Season 1 | Episode 2: 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 this episode, 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.

Season 1 | Episode 3: What's New In Blue: Coffee with a Cop feat. Sgt. Chris Cognac

In this episode of What's New in Blue, Sergeant Chris Cognac of the Hawthorne (CA) Police Department (HPD) discusses "Coffee with a Cop" - a nationwide initiative that provides officers and community members with a unique opportunity to connect over coffee. Sergeant Cognac was a part of the HPD team that created "Coffee with A Cop" in 2011, and he 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.

Season 1 | Episode 4: What's New In Blue: Policing in Indian Country feat. Chief Francis Bradley Sr.

In this episode of What’s New in Blue, Chief Francis Bradley Sr. discusses the importance of culture in policing in Indian Country. 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.

Season 1 | Episode 5: What's New In Blue: Dispatch Response During Active Shooter Events feat. Dan Jewiss

In this episode of What’s New in Blue, Dan Jewiss discusses the role and training needs of dispatchers as a tool to enhance the capacity of first responders during critical incidents. 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.

Season 1 | Episode 6: What's New In Blue: Coordinated Responses to Mass Casualty Events feat. Dr. Pete Blair

In this episode of What’s New in Blue, Dr. Blair speaks about the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center and the importance of coordinating responses among law enforcement, fire services and medical community to respond to active shooter/critical incidents. Dr. J. Pete Blair is a Professor of Criminal Justice and the Executive Director of the ALERRT Center at Texas State University. In FY 2017, the COPS Office made an award to the 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.

Season 1 | Episode 7: Micro Community Policing Plans feat. Lt. Adrian Diaz

This episode of What’s New in Blue features Lieutenant Adrian Diaz, who is a key member in implementing Seattle (WA) Police Department’s Micro Community Policing Plans (MCPP). MCPP’s are designed to address the distinctive needs of each community. The plans take a three-prong approach that brings community engagement, crime data and police services together to get direct feedback on perceptions of crime and public safety. Lieutenant Diaz speaks about the development of the MCPP program, outcomes of the project, and tips for other departments looking to develop a similar program.
 
Season 2

Season 2 | Episode 1: Officer Suicide feat. Sheriff Tim Whitcomb of Cattaraugus County, NY

We are all familiar with the truism that policing is a hard job. However, for the women and men who walk the thin blue line, that statement is more than just a simple adage. The physiological and emotional toll paid by officers in the United States is an inherent part of the job that only those who have worn the uniform can fully understand. In this episode of What’s New in Blue, Sheriff Whitcomb tells the heartfelt story of a fellow officer’s suicide that became his wake-up call and spurred his crusade to help law enforcement officers minimize and dissipate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).