For Federal, State and Local Governments

Protecting and serving the public requires specific skill sets, clear goals and the maintenance of organizational excellence.

The Four Ideas below are designed to position federal, state and local governments to reduce casualties, injuries and property damage from crime, fire, medical emergencies and disasters and otherwise forward effective and efficient public safety in their jurisdictions.

1) Determine the goals, standards and metrics by which your police, fire, emergency medical and emergency management professionals operate.

Do your public safety departments set goals and measure how effective there at preventing crime, fire and avoidable accidents? How quickly and effectively they respond to a crime, fire or accident? Do they deploy people, equipment and technology based on current requirements or simply rely on past practices? How is excellent performance by individual police, fire and EMS workers rewarded? How is sub-par performance addressed? Is there a merit-based career path – from recruitment through retirement – for all qualified applicants?

2) Determine opportunities for coordination, command, control and consolidation within and across departments, agencies and jurisdictions

How do your public safety departments plan for changes and developments in your jurisdiction’s population? crime patterns? building codes? traffic? How does your jurisdiction work most effectively with other federal, state and local agencies to achieve its core mission? what processes are best handled regionally? by a task force? what technology can best enable multiple jurisdictions to effectively and efficiently work together? who pays?

3) Implement methods to improve the safety, morale, integrity and well-being of police, fire and EMS responders

What policies, procedures, equipment and training does your department deploy to ensure that your first responders operate as safely and effectively as possible? maintain physical and emotional health and well being? maintain the highest levels of morale and integrity? how are such resources made available to your first responders? how is a culture of excellence and productivity established and maintained? what happens when a first responder is injured? killed? commits a crime?

4) Strategically manage and budget salaries, overtime, compensatory time and sick time expenditures

Do your public safety departments strategically consider the total cost of salaries, overtime, compensatory time and sick-time when negotiating union contracts? when submitting annual budgets? when setting work hours? when deploying resources?

To learn more about how VRI can help your organization effectively address the questions and capitalize on the ideas above, please contact Adam Safir @ (212) 537-5048 or