08/02/09 207 W - + 8 - 10 Instructional Videos

In the wake of the Gates arrest, links to How to Talk to the Police videos are making the rounds. These are longer or really long instructional videos that are available on YouTube. Such as the The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters. Most or maybe all were created by the Flex Your Rights Foundation, a citizen's advocacy group. The content is certainly interesting, and compels the immediate question of "what does law enforcement think?" Maybe our readers in blue can share their perspective. Does citizen awareness help or hinder your efforts? (And what would police-produced instruction videos look like? Same? Different? Vastly different?)

Watching these also makes me think about applications for fire and EMS. Have fire departments produced and promoted role-playing videos on YouTube, about, say, "what to do if you discover a fire in your house?" With actors and sets and special effects, demonstrating the "right" way to react? Ditto for demonstrating emergency medical situations. "When to call for an ambulance." "How to react in a car accident." "What to do if you feel chest pain." Etcetera. Such content is probably coming. Video production and promotion gets easier every year.

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