Safety and Threat Publications Archive

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, Exectuive 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.

Med Tac Programs: High Impact Life Saving Training

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

How Bystanders Can Use Med Tac Training to Save Lives

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.

How Bystanders Can Save Lives in Medical Emergencies

William Adcox, Dr. Gregory Botz, and Charles Denham III, 11/01/2018

The Med Tac training program teaches non-medical bystanders the life-saving steps they can administer to individuals experiencing heath crises in the critical minutes before first responders arrive.

Insider Threat Programs at Universities: A Necessary Reality

Stefan Happ, CFE, CPM, MAFF, Inspector, Threat and Criminal Investigation, University of Texas Police at Houston, 12/15/2017

Insider threats are people whose access to an organization enables conduct that is detrimental to the organization’s goals and mission. Insider threats are usually categorized in a narrow, information security-focused way, but the problem is much greater. Fraud, waste, abuse, larceny, intellectual property theft, and even threats of harm or violence fall into the true definition of an insider threat and are often closely intertwined. 

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