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Corrections veteran Gene Atherton returns this week with analysis on the ever-important concept of situational awareness. Regardless of your whereabouts at any time, being aware of the surroundings and what possibly could come bounding around the corner is essential to keeping yourself and others safe. In a correctional setting, it could mean the difference between saving your life or losing it.

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The difference between life and death

By Gene Atherton

Situational awareness in the correctional environment

When you do an Internet search on the words “situational awareness” you get 31,800,000 websites that use those words. It is amazing that they have found their way into the literature related to correctional staff and citizen preparedness since heighten sensitivity to safety has been brought about by the emergence of world terrorism as a serious threat.

It is only amazing in that the shift has been long overdue, and, in fact, such terms have been a long standing concept in the military to help soldiers and pilots staff be safe and successful against the enemy. Wikipedia defines situation situational awareness (SA) as: “the mental representation and understanding of objects, events, people, system states, interactions, environmental conditions, and other situation-specific factors affecting human performance in complex and dynamic tasks.” Full Story

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Your site just keeps it coming with informative and current articles. I particularly enjoyed Len Sipes' piece about promoting corrections (Promoting Corrections, 1/14/08). It is so important that more and more agencies pro-actively get the word out about the service they do for their community. The more positive news they give out might lessen the attention on the negative events that inevitably come about in our profession.
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