Risk Management is an Integral Part of the Overall Management Process

Although the management process varies from organization to organization, including from Sheriff’s Office to Sheriff’s Office, there are common elements within the management process that are practiced throughout all organizations. We know these elements well as they are rather intuitive and instinctive, and whether in management or not, documented or not, or employed effectively or not, we apply these elements, or some aspect thereof, every day. The common elements include:
  • objective setting
  • information gathering and gaining a “lay of the land”
  • analysis
  • assessment of alternative courses of action
  • development of a plan of action
  • execution
  • assessment of results and related

Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides

This article is adapted from the IACP Symposium Report: Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides, and has been reprinted with permission from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. During 2012, law enforcement officer deaths by suicide were twice as high as traffic accidents or felonious assaults. This sobering data indicates that some law enforcement officers are suffering from mental health issues, and too many officers are dying as a result. It also suggests that positive mental health and well-being is just as important as bullet-proof vests when it comes to officer safety and wellness. Yet, officer suicide is…

Dick Tengstedt: A Pioneer in Loss Control

Loss control management – the effort to reduce the possibility that a loss will occur and reduce the severity of a loss when it does occur – is a big part of what FSRMF offers it members. It is a significant tool to help get insurance rates down and keep Sheriffs and their staff safer. But that was not always the case. In the early days, and insurance in general, the value of loss control was not fully appreciated. It was not until 1990 when the Hunt Insurance Group, the longtime third-party administrator for the Sheriff’s Self Insurance Funds, hired…