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.
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 2 Episode 3 | What's New in Blue: Movement Forward's OneCOP Initiative feat. Reverend Markel Hutchins
Having studied at the knee of some of our nation’s most revered civil rights leaders, Rev. Hutchins’s commitment to serving people and communities started at an early age—as did his involvement working with police and communities to reduce violence and address perceptions of injustice. More often than not, this meant working with police in a manner that might not universally be described as collaborative. Then, in 2009, following a divisive police-involved shooting, things changed. For the first time, Rev. Hutchins was forced to view police-community related issues differently, and this led to a newfound conviction for getting law enforcement and communities to work together to solve problems. It also led him to found the One Congregation-One Precinct (OneCOP) movement, in which police and community leaders work through local congregations to create understanding, reduce crime, reduce bias, and have difficult but necessary conversations.
Technology systems are changing the way that American law enforcement agencies police, and one form of technology is increasingly diffusing throughout the field: drones. Throughout the country law enforcement agencies are actively trying to manage the addition of drones into their operations, address privacy concerns of the public, and navigate the regulatory requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration. The Torrance (California) Police Department is ahead of the curve in this endeavor, and they have amassed a set of experiences from which we can all learn. And, “yes”, criminals do surrender to drones. We knew you would be curious.
Now retired, Eric Nation began his law enforcement career in 1994 and became a founding member of the Jasper County (Iowa) Drug Endangered Children Alliance. During his time in law enforcement, Nation experienced numerous cases of children who suffered physical or emotional harm as a result of drug use, possession, manufacturing, and distribution. The impact of what Nation witnessed became such a concern that he left policing to focus his efforts on training others to identify at-risk children and coordinating the various systems and disciplines that intervene and provide services to these children and families.
Eric Nation is Director of Training and Development for the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.