Safety and Threat Publications Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William H. Adcox, Gregory Botz, M.D. FCCM, and Charles Denham, M.D. Med Tac Progress Summary, 12/07/2018
Bystander care during the first few minutes before professional first responders arrive at the scene of an emergency and the latest best practices for care are the most common high impact health hazards that can have an enormous impact on survival. Med Tac Programs developed with UT Police at Houston combine medical and tactical best practices for bystanders and professional first responders in an integrated training program for the public, professional caregivers, and first responders. The Med Tac team won the 2018 Pete Conrad Global Patient Safety Award after presenting the program at an innovation summit at NASA. To view an introductory video click here and to download a summary click here.
William Adcox, Dr. Gregory Botz, Charles Denham III & Dr. Charles Denham II, 11/26/2018
It is only a matter of time before you encounter a medical emergency, either on campus or in your private life. When a health crisis happens — whether you are a teacher or faculty member, staff member, student, law enforcement officer, medical professional, administrator or just a concerned citizen — you are the first responder.
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.
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.
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