- Guide law enforcement document critical details necessary for the defense of the officer in the event of the use of force incident investigations and litigation
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Augusta, Georgia, June 9, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Martinez, Georgia-based Seven Eight Technologies has officially launched Thin Blue Defend, an innovative and first-of-its-kind SaaS (Software-as-a Solution) mobile application that promises to be a game-changer for law enforcement in their field of defence. use of force incidents. CEO of Seven Eight J Douglas Parker, a 30-year veteran of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and author of “A Killher Plan,” developed Thin Blue Defend as the first and only mobile app that guides law enforcement through the process of documenting critical details in use of force incidents to assist officers in their defense for advance investigations and civil and criminal litigation. Seven Eight worked closely with the office of Columbia County Georgia Sheriff Clay Whittle to develop and test the app, and Columbia County is the first in the nation to roll out Thin Blue Defend for the entire county. There are currently approximately 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States and 1.2 million security officers who could potentially benefit from Thin Blue Defend, and thousands more when Thin Blue Defend gets involved. will extend to correctional officers and the private sector.
Why Thin Blue Defend is needed
The current system used by law enforcement agencies nationwide to report use of force incidents is a two-page questionnaire that fails to adequately guide officers in capturing all essential details. necessary for the investigations and litigation that generally follow these incidents. The number of officers is at extremely low levels. Many current and future lawyers avoid careers in law enforcement due to the growing threat of litigation that could destroy their careers and lives if not properly prepared.
Having these details can influence court decisions that make the difference between continuing as an officer, incarceration, or bankruptcy.
parker shared what inspired the app, “While preparing to defend former Kingsland officer Zech Presley, Presley revealed details that were not included in his initial report because he said that he didn’t know they were important, and the report form didn’t ask for them. not in his initial report. At that time, I decided to develop Thin Blue Defend to guide officers in capturing these critical details to prevent these types of scenarios from destroying the careers and lives of good officers for the lawful use of force in the performance of their duties.
Barry Fleming, Georgia House of Representatives (R-121) said, “Doug Parker has had a phenomenal career with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and continues to serve the state by applying his extensive investigative experience to fill gaps in use of force incident data collection. . We owe it to our law enforcement officers who risk their lives to provide the best tools to help them complete their duties and provide accurate and timely reports. We are proud to see Thin Blue Defend being developed in Georgia and that the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will be the first to deploy this valuable new tool to support its officers before it is rolled out nationwide.
Features and Benefits of Thin Blue Defend
Thin Blue Defend is a mobile application installed on an officer’s personal cell phone that provides a series of prompts to encourage full documentation of use of force details. Key features include:
- Guidance for immediate and complete data entry – The application guides the agent through detailed information categories based on case law. Prompts the agent to record details such as the agent’s perceptions of the incident as it happened, the agent’s cognitive process of events (what the agent was thinking at each step, why he made certain decisions), the location of key elements, their equipment, weather, lighting, dialogue, activities leading up to the incident, and much more.
- Easy to use – The app’s interface offers simple point-and-click response options, as well as audio and photo input for easy documentation after a stressful situation.
- Privacy – All data is encrypted, password protected and stored in the cloud on secure servers to deter unauthorized access. Thin Blue Defend allows the agent to authorize instant access to data by the agent’s attorney, subjecting it to solicitor-client privilege. The law enforcement agency does NOT have access to the information, as it is private information belonging to the agent. The Agent may refer to information stored in the App to complete their department’s official Incident Report Form, but at no time should the Agent pass any data from the App directly to the Department or parties. other than the agent’s lawyer.
- Instruction – Thin Blue Defend provides in-person instruction on how to use the app, with an emphasis on agents who understand the importance of including small, but vital details.
Columbia County Sheriffit is Desk Ffirst to deploy Thin Blue Defend
Officers from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office recently completed their instructional sessions for using the app, along with tips on how to properly reference their app’s data when filling out their official forms. incident report. This ensures that they do not compromise the confidentiality of their information and that they are able to complete the official report more thoroughly with the full details that will be necessary for their defence.
Clay Whittle, Columbia County Sheriff remarked, “We are committed to providing our officers with the tools they need to do their job properly and protect themselves physically and legally. Thin Blue Defend will be an extremely valuable tool for our officers to document all matters relating to the use of force. With better documentation immediately after the event, the agent can reference this information in their official report so that our agency can have a better understanding of what happened. Moreover, it helps to ensure that the officer can provide the details that can verify the legitimacy of his actions and influence a favorable outcome so that he can further his career in law enforcement. Providing Thin Blue Defend to our agents demonstrates our commitment to them and our trust in them. It gives them peace of mind that they are not alone in understanding the process. The more than 30 years of experience gathered in this application will guide them to document the information they will need for their defense.
Lawyers embrace Thin Blue Defend
Thin Blue Defend bridges the investigation of an officer involved in a use of force incident and the attorney representing that officer.
W. Keith Barber, attorney, representing law enforcement officers involved in critical incidents with the Police Benevolent Association, (PBA) and board member of Thin Blue Defend, noted, “In the past, law enforcement was pretty much on its own trying to figure out how much information and what types of information they should include in their use of force reports. Every little fact in these sometimes deadly exchanges must be documented and kept for review in order to understand what happened and why it happened. It is imperative that an agent has the tools and resources to document what happened at every stage of these incidents. It is the tool that will allow for the most comprehensive information gathering during use of force incidents. We need to be able to do this for many different reasons, some of which are:
- To be fair to the law enforcement officer(s) involved in these situations.
- Be fair to others involved in these situations; and
- To be fair to the general public in these situations.
Barber concluded, “Thin Blue Defend is the best tool I have ever seen that enables agents and their attorneys to capture this vital and important information which, in turn, enables attorneys to better advise and represent agents. law enforcement who find themselves involved in these serious situations. I believe that this resource will enable all of us to reach fair and just resolutions in these cases, which I believe we all support.
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About Seven Eight Technologies
J Douglas Parker created Seven Eight after decades of investigating as an agent for the GBI in use of force cases involving law enforcement officers because officers needed a more comprehensive tool to facilitate the cognitive process of what the agent perceives at the scene and allow the collection of this Data. compared to the standard one- to two-page form that ticks the boxes. Seven Eight has created a true software as a solution (“SaaS”) solution, Thin Blue Defend, for law enforcement (active and retired), security guards and lawyers to collect data from the scene immediately following the use of force in anticipation of civilian incidents. and criminal litigation.
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About Developer: J. Douglas Parker
James Douglas Parker, Chairman, President and CEO of Seven Eight Technologies Inc., has worked for 30 years with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, having investigated more than 300 violent crimes. During his career, he has investigated numerous use of force cases by police officers involving the death of the suspect by law enforcement. Since his retirement and the founding of Parker Consulting, he has assisted attorneys who represent officers charged with crimes as a result of their actions as law enforcement officers. Some of these cases went to trial by jury where he assisted in the defense in court. Individuals have also employed Parker to review use of force cases where the client was involved in an altercation with law enforcement. Parker graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1981 with a BS in criminal justice. He has over 2,000 hours of law enforcement training and is a certified POST Instructor in Georgia. He was certified in 2021 as a Forensic Use of Force Investigator. He has provided expert testimony in several law enforcement categories in Georgia and Texas. He wrote an article in Attorney at Law magazine in 2016 and a book, “A KillHer Plan”.
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