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Police Departments & COVID-19: The Challenges of Fluctuating Guidelines

By Captain Carol E. Rasor-Cordero, Ph.D. Senior Associate, CPSM Retired Captain, Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff’s Office Associate Professor Public Safety Administration, St. Petersburg College   As the new year gets well underway, police departments across the nation are preparing for another year of radical changes and shifting restrictions. On top of last summer’s calls to…

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Hidden Costs: How Police Reform Could Change the Shape of Other Public Safety Agencies

By Matt Zavadasky Senior Associate, CPSM Chief Strategic Integration Officer, MedStar Mobile Healthcare 2020 presented a number of new challenges to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) world, pushing paramedic and fire services to overhaul many longstanding practices. With every day delivering new findings on COVID-19 and how it may impact communities, chiefs, union officials, city…

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Free Webinar Helps Cities Facing Public Safety Budget Cuts

Experts from the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) recently held a free webinar for local government officials facing significant revenue shortfalls as a consequence of COVID-19. Presenters included: Thomas Wieczorek, Director Dov Chelst, Ph.D., Director of Quantitative Analysis Matt Zavadsky MS-HSA, NREMT, Senior Associate, EMS Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley, B.A., M.A., Senior Manager for Law…

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Emergency Medical Workers Are Integral to the Fight Against Coronavirus. Just a Few Decades Ago, America’s EMS System Didn’t Even Exist

As seen in TIME: EMS Week, which takes place in 2020 from May 17-23, is an annual time to recognize the life-saving efforts of emergency medical services personnel. While celebratory events won’t take place in person this year, EMS personnel are getting more recognition than usual: even before EMS week, virtually and during daily cheers…

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CPSM’s Zavadsky Leads EMS Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

CPSM Senior Associate Matt Zavadsky has been working in emergency medical services for 41 years, but the nature of his work is thrusting him into the spotlight in a unique way this year as our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic. Zavadsky is well-positioned to know what is happening in emergency medical response services on a…

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Emergency Medical Services Providers

By Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world forever.  These are unprecedented times, and virtually every aspect of local governance and service delivery has been impacted.  Perhaps one of the service delivery models most impacted by the coronavirus is your local emergency medical services (EMS) system. Whether your EMS service is…

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Law Enforcement Still Worthy Career Choice, Says Rasor-Cordero

With 25 years’ experience in law enforcement, Captain Carol Rasor-Cordero brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to her work with the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM), where she serves as a senior associate. As a young child, Rasor-Cordero remembers her father coming home in his New York Police Department uniform. Little did she…

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Meet the CPSM Team: Leonard Matarese

Staff Spotlight: Leonard Matarese, M.P.A., ICMA-CM, IPMA-SCP Co-founder & Principal of CPSM / Director of Research & Project Development Leonard Matarese is a specialist in public sector administration with particular expertise in public safety issues. With over 50 years of public sector experience, his many roles have included law enforcement officer, police chief, public safety director,…

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Jackie Gomez-Whiteley Channels Decades of Experience in CPSM Roles

With more than 31 years of law enforcement experience, Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley brings her wisdom and strategic problem-solving skills to her roles as a senior project manager and senior associate at the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM). Gomez-Whiteley knew she was passionate about law enforcement at 14 years old when she jumped out of…

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