Critical Incident Management and Geographically–Based Systems

Critical Incident Management and Geographically–Based Systems

David W. Webb (Sam Houston State University, USA) and David R. Hoffpauir (Sam Houston State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/jagr.2010070105
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Abstract

In the United States there is a strong dependence on decentralized policing services, distributed by thousands of police departments. As a primary police professional development management institute in the United States, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) identified that there existed a paucity of management development opportunities for police command staff engaged in critical incident management. This paper describes how LEMIT met this challenge and became a leading U.S. institute in this exciting field of operation.
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Geographic Considerations

Geography is an element of every emergency situation and geographic decisions are among the very first required actions under the National Incident Management System, or NIMS. Although geographic information systems (GIS) technology may not be applicable, or available, for smaller incidents, its relevance increases as the incident expands in seriousness. Our intent, therefore, is to expose emergency managers to the technology should they be confronted with it at a large scale event or an event with a multitude of geographic variables.

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