Policing is hard work, but when working in an urban environment, backup is usually relatively close by. Other resources like fire and EMS are only a few minutes away as well.
In rural settings, things are very different. Back-up may be miles away – and we are talking country miles away – so too are other resources. Even a quick trip to book a prisoner or process evidence may take an hour or more.
Is it more dangerous to be a cop in a rural setting? Find out from today’s guest, Kathleen Dias, who is returning to Policing Matters to talk about her project looking at officers killed in the line of duty, with an emphasis on incidents specifically in rural settings.
Kathleen Dias writes features and news analysis on topics of concern to law enforcement professionals serving in rural and remote locations. She uses her background in writing, teaching and marketing to advocate for professional levels of training and equipment for rural officers, open channels of communication for isolated departments, and dispel myths about rural policing. Follow Kathleen’s The Rural Badge blog and on Facebook.
Read more from Kathleen Dias on Police1
- A letter to the American public: 3 common misconceptions about pay and rural policing
- Could police officer sabbaticals reduce rural retention woes?
- How supported do rural officers feel? Interpreting the data from Police1’s State of the Industry survey
- A letter to President Biden: Consider what rural LEOs need in your executive order
This episode of the Policing Matters Podcast is sponsored by the Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership Program at the University of San Diego. Learn how this nationally ranked online program can help you be a force for change at sandiego.edu/police1.
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