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The Key

The Key

The Key is the official journal of Northwestern Center for Public Safety. Our bi-monthly digital publication features law enforcement and public safety-related articles authored by expert members of our community and related industries. To receive your complimentary subscription to The Key, click here.

Management & Leadership | Transportation Engineering & Crash Investigation | Featured Staff Study | Crime Scene Investigation & Forensic Science | Letter from the Executive Director


New! December 2018

Issue 8

Download the full digital PDF edition of the new December 2018 issue — or browse the articles below! Our holiday issue features 30 scrollable, printable pages for easy offline reading.

Letter from the Executive Director

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Management & Leadership

Successfully Utilizing a Soft Systems Methodology for Project Implementation

Law enforcement agencies have traditionally followed the concept of treating issues with a top-down command model. Adjunct instructor Joseph Fitzgerald discusses how agency leaders can utilize the Soft Systems Methodology to deal with change when implementing projects within their agency through a team-based approach. Read the full article >>

Police Intervention with the Mentally Ill, Part 2: CIT & Diversion Program Opportunities

While Part 1 covered options for collaborating with social workers for mental health-related calls, Part 2 examines the possibilities for successful outcomes that lay within diversion programs. Read Part 2 >>

Fitness and Blues

Featured Staff Study

Should a Mental Health Consultant Be Added to Support the Crisis Negotiation Team for the Commerce City Police Department?

By Dennis Flynn, SPSC #443
While each CCPD Crisis Negotiation Team member has received specialized training, none of them, nor any other CCPD employee of the CCPD, is a licensed mental health professional. A mental health professional would be a valuable addition to the CNT to assist in obtaining peaceful resolutions. Read this Important Study >>

Crime Scene Investigation & Forensic Science

Calvin Goddard
Calvin Goddard & the Northwestern Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory

In 1929, Calvin H. Goddard (181 - 1955), the "father of forensic ballistics," developed the nation's first "Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory" at Northwestern's School of Law. . . . Read the article >>

Transportation Engineering

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