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As 2014 comes to a close, PRIMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the PRIMA Risk Watch a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 8.




1. Undue force: Baltimore's police brutality epidemic
The Baltimore Sun
From Oct. 2: On a cold January afternoon, Jerriel Lyles parked his car in front of the P&J Carry Out on East Monument Street and darted inside to buy some food. After paying for a box of chicken, he noticed a big guy in jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap. “What’s up?” the man said to Lyles. Others, also dressed in jeans and hoodies, blocked the door to the street — making Lyles fear that he would be robbed. Instead, the man identified himself a police officer, frisked Lyles and demanded he sit on the greasy floor. Lyles objected.
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2. Are lifeguards a liability?
The News Herald
From July 24: The most recent proposal put forth by Bay County (Florida) Commission Chairman Guy Tunnell would have put two lifeguards on duty at the County Pier during peak hours in the peak tourist season. It would have cost the county $65,000 a year and, perhaps, increased its legal liability, a big issue for the three commissioners who voted against Tunnell’s proposal. Attorney Zach Taylor with the Panama City firm Manuel and Thompson, said the liability issue is real.
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3. Lessons in gun control from Australia and Brazil
Governing
From May 1: In the year and a half since 20 children were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a handful of states have passed laws requiring universal background checks, bans on semi-automatic weapons and limits on high-capacity magazines. But the U.S. remains a patchwork of uneven regulations on firearms, ammunition and gun owners. Meanwhile, at least 44 school shootings have occurred since the Newtown tragedy.
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4. Eye in the sky: Using drones for public safety raises questions
WGN-TV
From Sept. 25: You’ve heard about the possibility of drones bringing packages to your front door. Well now a Chicago-based company wants to use them to help protect you. Lifeline response wants to dispatch drones to the skies to help keep people safe. College campuses, large corporations and even cities can sign on to get drones in their regions. As 911 is dispatched, a drone is also sent to the location. It can travel up to 65 miles per hour and get over an emergency in just 15-25 seconds.
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5. Ebola scare poses dilemma: Civil rights versus public safety
Portland Press Herald
From Oct. 30: The specter of an Ebola outbreak in the United States, no matter how unlikely, has led some states to take the extraordinary step of requiring an entire group of people to be quarantined even though the risk they pose to the public may be remote. That situation has led to a potential showdown between Kaci Hickox and Maine officials over whether the nurse can be quarantined against her will.
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6. 5 trends for emergency management and public safety for 2014 and beyond
Emergency Management
From Jan. 23: Predicting the future is a tricky undertaking, but by looking at the recent past we can predict with relative certainty that these issues will come to the fore or continue to gain traction for the emergency management and public safety worlds for 2014 and beyond. Cutting the cost of recovery, assessing risk and communicating the way people prefer to communicate will continue to be the key elements of managing natural and man-made disasters.
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7. First responders warn of 'high-tech rubbernecking'
WHTM-TV
From April 24: First responders are concerned about a disturbing new trend with drivers and smart phones. They point to a recent fatal accident on Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Penn., that affected traffic for more than four hours. Everyone has heard of drinking while driving, texting while driving, and overall distracted driving. Officials call this newest trend "videoing while rubbernecking," and they are pleading with drivers to stop.
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8. Colorado question: How high is too high to drive?
CBS News
From Jan. 16: Now that the state of Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the federal government is providing new funding designed to help keep stoned drivers off the road, CBS Denver reports. The station says the state has has 185 officers specially trained to recognize drivers under the influence of drugs, and that officials hope to add another 35 officers and develop an advertising campaign aimed at preventing driving while high. The efforts are being made possible with a $400,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to CBS Denver.
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9. America's biggest drug problem isn't heroin, it's doctors
Governing
From June 12: Brendan McDonald was one of those kids you never thought would start taking drugs. The year it began — the 2004-2005 school year — he was an honor-roll senior at a well-regarded Jesuit high school in Boston, a varsity baseball player who had won early admission to the college of his choice. “Quiet, handsome and charismatic,” says his mother, Nancy Holler, of her oldest child. “He was always just a really good kid.”
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10. Shootings redefine beat of school police officers
The New York Times
From July 31: Once, perhaps unfairly, they fit a Mayberry image. School-based police officers were seen as friendly if a bit over-the-hill, a touch out of shape and counting the days to retirement as they watched children head from the lunchroom to recess. If anything serious happened, they were to lock the building and wait for help. But the string of mass killings at schools over the past 15 years has changed all that, adding urgent new duties and risks to the job and drawing in younger and often burlier officers. Out of hard experience has come a major rethinking of tactics in a crisis.
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