Safety and Threat Publications Archive

Survive and Thrive Guide

Charles Denham, II, MD, William Adcox, Charles Denham III, Jaime Yrastorza, and Gregory Botz, MD, FCCM, 01/04/2021

This article is a narrative summary of the short film entitled Masks: The SCIENCE of Success posted on the Med Tac Global website providing access to free films and resources to families of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers of sixteen industry sectors and the general public.

Three Novel Ways to Use ALPR

Andrew Dasher, PhD, Threat and Risk Analyst, University of Texas Police at Houston, 03/18/2020

Automated license plate readers (ALPR) are being utilized across the world in a variety of ways and for myriad purposes. Law enforcement has primarily used these devices as a way to facilitate traffic enforcement, such as looking for expired plates, or to help identify vehicles where the vehicle itself is associated with the crime, such as an auto theft, or to find a wanted person.

Using Business Tools to Enhance Your Team's Success

Ray Gerwitz, MBA, CHPA, CPP, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Security Officer, UT Police at Houston, 03/01/2020

Security leaders would do themselves a favor by adapting a few business tools for strategic planning and assessment of success. In particular, three visualization tools—strategic mapping, storyboarding, and data visualization—can help to optimize performance, control costs, enhance team members’ enthusiasm, and increase upper management’s trust in the department.

Inadequate Placement of AED and Bleeding Control Gear Could Cost You

Dr. Charles Denham II, Dr. Gregory Botz, Charles Denham III and William Adcox, 11/19/2019

An emerging threat to many organizations is “failure to rescue” children and adults experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or harm due to major trauma, such as active shooter events. The standard of care for these medical emergencies is rapidly evolving, and leaders need to act now to keep up or pay the price of harm to their constituents and the growing liability exposures that often accompany these types of medical emergencies.

Battling Failure to Rescue with Rapid Response Teams

Dr. Gregory Botz Dr. Charles R. Denham II, Charles R. Denham III, and William Adcox, 05/31/2019

In the context of schools, universities, faith-based organizations and companies with large campuses, a rapid response team is a small group that can be mobilized rapidly to provide acute care for anyone in a health emergency. Their speed, proximity to the victim and practiced skills are the magic. The aim is to prevent “failure to rescue” when every minute counts.

Effectively Responding to Active Shooters in Healthcare Facilities

Dr. Charles Denham II, Dr. Gregory Botz, and William Adcox, 02/07/2019

Active Shooter events in healthcare institutions pose an entirely different reality than other organizations. This feature article in the January/February 2019 issue of Campus Safety Magazine addresses the concept of "Secure, Preserve, Fight" when "Run, Hide, Fight" is not possible. Click here to watch a video overview.

Emerging Threats in Healthcare and the Adaptation of Protection Models

Raymond J. Gerwitz, UT Police at Houston, 03/13/2018

The challenges faced by today’s healthcare security executives emerge at a much faster cadence than in years past. This reality has over time has migrated the healthcare security executive’s role from a traditional crime-focused leader of “gates, guards, and guns” to a business leader committed to Prevention, Preparedness and Protection. Success in this transitioned role is defined by outcomes resulting in a reduction of harm to patients and visitors, the organization, and the technology systems that support them.

Moving Police Officers From Enforcers to Protectors

Everette B. Penn, Ph.D., University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Vicki L. King, UT Police at Houston, 01/02/2017

The chant “I hate the police” emerges as a common anthem among today’s minority and urban youth.  Bridging this widening divide requires police to reconsider the negative impact of zero tolerance, stop-and-frisk, and saturation patrol tactics which cast a wide net, often catching “dolphins with the tuna.”  Education and awareness programs, like the Teen and Police Service Academy (TAPS), offer opportunities for enhanced understanding and awareness for both teens and police.  As legislators consider mandating this type of training for Texas children, police must evolve from a warrior identity toward that of a protector.

Overcoming Law Enforcement Data Obstacles

Andrew Dasher, Ph.D., UT Police at Houston, and Robert Haynes, MPA, UT Police at Houston, 01/01/2017

Law enforcement departments are becoming more reliant on technology that use digital data to complete workflows and share information. The trend towards overall efficiency, rather than sheer manpower, has fueled the proliferation of hardware nationwide.

Modern strategy for operational excellence: building agile and adaptive organizations

Raymond J. Gerwitz, UT Police at Houston, 01/01/2017

Healthcare security leaders who serve in an industry built on traditional and static protection and response protocols must become more agile and adaptive in planning and responding to evolving threat and risk profiles, the author states. In this article, he tells how to use operational excellence to continuously improve performance.

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