A Delicate Balance, part 2 – Law Enforcement

Chuck HurstNews

During “normal” times the police generally control the masses because the masses allow that control. Or to put it another way, the public allows law enforcement to do their jobs. Thus the delicate balance and fragile trust relationship is born. These are not normal times! Just consider that within the framework of racial strife, societal unrest, police misconduct, political polarization …

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A Delicate Balance, part 1 – Police Service

Chuck HurstNews

Where is a cop when you need one? The answer depends on where you live. Data reported by law enforcement agencies to the FBI depict a wide variation in the size of departments across the nation. Despite what you may hear or have read, there is no national standard for how many police officers a department needs or any type of …

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Layered Security and COVID-19

Chuck HurstNews, Security Program Development

At Protus3, we take great pride in helping our clients identify risks and develop practical and sound strategies to manage, mitigate, and leverage those risks.  Usually those risks involve insider or outsider threats carried out by persons with nefarious intent. The threats come in various forms – overt and plainly visible (think intruder) or covert and not plainly evident (think …

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Emergency Assistance in the Age of COVID-19, part 2

Chuck HurstNews

In the first post, we addressed what constitutes an emergency, when to call 911, call prioritization, finite resources, and differing priorities. For good measure, we discussed that the police may alter their level and type of responses to both emergency and non-emergency situations due to COVID-19. In this post, we will attempt to convey and emphasize the importance of not …

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Emergency Assistance in the Age of COVID-19, part 1

Chuck HurstNews

Calling 911 to request emergency assistance is ingrained into the mindset of Americans across the nation. Many Americans have no recollection of the patchwork and disjointed processes of the past when you needed emergency assistance. From calling an operator (remember those?), a neighbor who was a cop or firefighter or calling the police directly, it was a convoluted affair that …

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When Not to Call the Police

Chuck HurstBackground Investigation, Theft, Embezzlement, and Fraud

I used to be a cop. Served proudly, retired and kicked back, all set to enjoy my pension. Any cop who tells you they have seen it all and done it all would be prone to exaggeration, to put it politely. During my career, I shared a multitude of experiences —- from outright hilarious to downright heartbreaking. While I was …

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Sexual Harassment: Organizational Integrity and Perception

Chuck HurstCompliance, News

During the course of one’s life, it is said that your reputation precedes you in every facet of your life. It goes in the door before you ever set foot in a courtroom, boardroom, operating room, classroom, or boiler room. It doesn’t matter if you are white collar or blue collar; a person’s reputation matters. Does the same hold true …