Policing Matters Podcast: Urban Shield and the 1033 program reinstatement

Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which Urban Shield improves inter-agency communication and preparation for emergency response


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Urban Shield is one of the largest training exercises for police, firefighters, and paramedics in the country. Started several years after the September 11 attacks, it is designed to prepare first responders for a host of potential threats to public safety. But the event has drawn criticism over the years from activists who say police training is too militaristic. In this week’s podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which Urban Shield improves inter-agency communication and preparation for response to everything from a natural disasters to a terrorist attack.

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