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In a time when 9-1-1 agencies are clamoring for more training with less money 9-1-1 Magazine is proud to announce that high quality 30 and 60 minute training programs produced by the Law Enforcement And Public Safety Network (LEAPS.TV) will be available without cost and without registration on the 9-1-1 Magazine video portal.
In every class I teach, I drive home the point that the first person on the scene of every crime, fire and medical emergency is the initial call taker. It's no different when the call for help involves an active shooting incident. When a frightened voice on the other end of the phone is looking for help, you are right on the scene. When the phones start to light up, will you be prepared?
The city of St. Louis is launching a new initiative to make one of its most violent districts, the 21st Ward, a much safer place through a combination of initiatives. The goal is to bring the residents together to fight against crime and take back their neighborhoods. The city will be supporting these efforts by providing high-tech crime-fighting tools such as funding the installation of state-of-the-art surveillance cameras in key locations and working directly with the community to...
Frontline police officers need new strategies and more intensive training to prepare for the possibility of mass shootings, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. With the number of incidents on the rise, local police departments can no longer rely solely on elite forces like local SWAT teams to respond to such high-pressure scenes, Holder said.
The Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) initiative seeks to significantly expand the capabilities of today's emergency 9-1-1 centers in order to optimize call-taker performance and enhance the center's overall incident response and resolution efforts. Primarily focused on a center's ability to handle text, data, images and video, there is another significant component to also consider - the use of audio-based intelligence in the mission-critical emergency services environment.
Early on in the investigation and search for the suspect the Baker County Undersheriff requested the response of the new Baker County 9-1-1 Dispatch Type II Mobile Communications Unit. It was enroute within four minutes of the request and was staffed by Chris Galiszewski our Communications Technician and Senior Incident Dispatcher Margaret Sackos.
Batman was stopped by Montgomery County (MD) officers on Wednesday, March 21, on southbound Route 29 at Prelude Drive in Silver Spring, for having an improper license plate on the Batmobile...
Bentonville, Arkansas Police Improve Efficiency and Save Valuable Time With digiTICKET eCitation Solution
Saltus Technologies, a leading provider of innovative electronic ticketing systems for public safety, reports that the Bentonville, Arkansas Police Department has successfully deployed digiTICKET on 15 Motorola handheld mobile computers. The system is designed to reduce the amount of time needed for the officer to issue one or multiple citations, eliminate data errors, and reduce administrative costs.
Beverly Hills Police Department Equips Mobile Command Center with Utility's Rocket During Golden Globe Awards
THE SOCIAL NETWORK wasn't the only big winner at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards last month. As part of its security detail, the Beverly Hills Police Department was able to successfully stream surveillance video from the event back to the station and out to other officers in the field via Utility, Inc.'s mobile communications gateway, The Rocket.
...it may be high time that we in policing explore this theory with a view to enhancing our decision-making processes. Can we couple this law with our intelligence led strategies to discover if (and then how) the 75 year old theory of Theory of Unanticipated Consequences can be reconciled with Intelligence Led policing practices? In today's world of limited options and resources, we must wring out every ounce of prospective benefit from every choice we make. This might be just the right time...
Public Safety response and communications on campus has as many commonalities with municipal, county, or state public safety as it has differences. In many ways, a campus is a microcosm of a city or a county, with its own facilities, departments, and services, and the role and responsibility of public safety personnel is very similar to that of a municipal agency. At the same time, the campus environment has its own unique challenges that differentiate campus police, fire, and EMS personnel...
Priced at just $199.99, the CatchAThiefGPS locator turned out to be the ideal solution for the NCSU Police Department, enabling the force to dramatically reduce bike thefts on campus - cutting the incidence of thefts by 33%. The Securus team worked with the department to identify the right device settings and establish safe zones and speeds so that an armed device would transmit its location to department personnel when moved from its location.
In creating and restructuring Independent School District Police Department, leaders of the district in conjunction with local patrons and agencies, should adopt a philosophy reflective of the idea that the police department will be a partner of the school district and the community it serves (community oriented policing). Community policing is a philosophy and an organizational strategy that promotes a partnership between people and their police...
Carlson Wireless's LongHaul ST Exceeds All Expectations during Field Tests for Municipal Traffic Monitoring
Monitoring traffic cameras from a single location in a busy urban environment requires fast, robust links that don't lose bandwidth over a "daisy chain" of microwave links. LongHaul ST, the new lightning-fast Ethernet bridge from Carlson Wireless, offers this kind of performance head and shoulders above the competitors, according to an independent field test.
A member of the Lake Elsinore (CA) Police Department dressed up as a chicken as part of a law enforcement crackdown aimed at drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Citizens' Crime Mapping: The Newest Trend in Public Safety Software Increases Citizen Awareness in PA
The Berks County, PA District Attorney, John Adams, announced that citizens in the county will now have access to an interactive, online map detailing the crimes happening within the county, thanks to the new CODY Citizens' Crime Mapping Module for COBRA.net powered by The Omega Group's CrimeMapping.com. Visitors to the site can view interactive maps, generate reports for specific types of crimes, specific time periods, and much more. The goal of the crime mapping tool, Mr. Adams said, is to...
Genetec, a pioneer in the physical security industry and a leading provider of world-class unified IP security solutions, has announced that The Jackson (MS) Police Department is using the AutoVu License Plate Recognition (LPR) solution to help officers identify criminals and scofflaws and increase the safety of its citizens.
CODY Systems, a nationwide leader in public-safety software, has unveiled C.tac 5, the company’s latest cloud-ready addition to its market-proven C.O.B.R.A. real-time tactical information-sharing platform. C.tac 5 is a .NET, browser-based rich client that is already arming law enforcement agents with instant mobile and in-house access to real-time RMS information (including pictures) from across jurisdictions, regardless of RMS vendor.
The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office field communications vehicle was a state-of-the-art vehicle with yesterday's technology... This setup did not allow for true networking and expandability, and thus did not allow communications staff to share resources when the communications vehicle was deployed... Monmouth County has now implemented a Cisco wireless network in its field communications vehicle with voice and data capabilities that support the Sheriff's department and local police stations...
Having recently heard about an example of law enforcement bullying in one of our Airports, our Perspective columnist John C. Fine was prompted to share his concerns and cautions in his latest observation, in which the keepers of homeland security make us feel actually less secure.
Coordinating Communications: The Value of Plain Speech and Universal Radio Equipment in Local Operations
NIMS requires the use of plain speech during multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction and multi-discipline events, such as major disasters and exercises. It does not require plain speech as common practice within day to day departmental operations. However, the importance of plain speech as a means of creating a universal radio language in the United States goes far beyond those kind of major, multi-agency disasters.
Covia Labs, Inc. has announced the launch of Alert & Respond, a new software platform that offers a cost-effective way for public safety to integrate consumer smartphones and commercially available devices into their operations. Alert & Respond greatly expands the command & control and situational awareness capabilities available to public safety personnel beyond what is available with voice-only communication.
Assisted Patrol is a proactive surveillance device specialized to find and reduce crime in a given area. Assisted Patrol is specially made for law enforcement agencies, security departments, and crime prevention organizations who want to stop electronics thievery in specific areas. The device is planted in a vehicle in a selected patrol area. Upon the device leaving the set area, officers are alerted and the retrieval process begins.
Cubic Corporation has reached an agreement to provide its advanced urban instrumentation system, including its Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), for a regional emergency and law enforcement training facility being built in the Chicago area. The contract marks first sale of sophisticated urban instrumentation to an academy for law enforcement and first responder training
Cultural Communications - Tribal Enforcement, DUI, & South Dakota's Initiatives To Save Lives on its Highways
After A Distinguished Career Top South Dakota Cop Reflects On The Most Important Issues Facing His State And Perhaps The Nation
Often, discussions about 9-1-1 technology are geared toward live computer aided dispatch screens, automated vehicle locator information and applications and communications systems between dispatch and officers in the field. While all critical to emergency services, there lies a growing interest in analytics as they relate to data that is gathered in computer aided dispatch and other systems. Whether analyzing response times on various call types or determining the optimal positioning of...
A Missouri 911 dispatcher has devised a new way to alert people to diabetic drivers. Tanya Moder designed decals that say Diabetic on Board. The decals will alert emergency responders that a diabetic person could be in distress. It would also help responders distinguish between an intoxicated driver and symptoms of diabetes in a situation where the driver may be found unconscious.
A new group that has been created on Facebook to raise awareness of violent assaults in England hopes to gained attention in both political and public safety circles. The group, called ONE PUNCH CAN KILL, was created by British writer John Mansell, whose son died last April due after suffering brain damage when he was severely beaten in an unprovoked assault.
Facecrook, a new app for federal, state and local police, is now available on the Apple App Store. An Android version will be available soon. Facecrook is a digital notebook of suspects, persons of interest, and those arrested in your jurisdiction. Each profile contains physical descriptors, demographic information, contact information and photos.
"With a production team comprised solely of law enforcement professionals, I am producing a feature documentary on the rapidly growing line-of-duty death rate among US law enforcement... The victims of these murders are lucky to get so much as a headline before fading into obscurity. Our project aims to give these victims, their families and their partners a voice, and their sacrifice a place in history. We will be traveling to agencies across the US to tell these stories and we need help...
On March 22-23, law enforcement agencies around the world took to Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-thon in order to highlight the work of officers around the world and show how they are using social media to support policing activities. The results were outstanding, with more than 230 police departments across 10 countries tweeting under the hashtag #poltwt, making it a top 10 trending topic around the globe.
As the public safety community moves to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), mission-critical communications users now have the first Android-based ruggedized LTE smartphone designed for first responder field use. The InTouch RPC-200 by Harris Corporation operates on both commercial and private LTE networks, giving users mission-critical PTT voice, data, video, location, text-based information and other future applications.
As a new year approaches, law enforcement officials across the nation are undoubtedly aware of many of the trends affecting their work. Here is a look at five issues certain to shape law enforcement in 2013:
Kevin and I had met years ago as volunteers with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. He's a crew-cut police sergeant from Malden. I'm a retired special agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Amtrak conductor, overhearing our conversation about volunteering in the search and rescue at the scene of the World Trade Center disaster, told us that he was proud of us.
Think you're good at giving good driving directions, specifying street names, lane ends, and landmarks like the mountains east and west of the your community? The same ease probably wouldn't apply in places around Saskatoon, Canada... Just ask Ron Boechler, the police chief for Corman Park, a Rural Municipality (RM) located around Saskatoon. He'd have been lost without the guidance of MD Ambulance Dispatcher Kim Wruck. Without their teamwork, a young woman would not likely have survived the...
July 1, 1993: A brief radio encounter - tragic events that unfolded in a matter of minutes - changed the lives of two individuals forever, leaving one dead and the other with haunting memories, and leaving many more with unanswered questions due to.
On Sunday, January 10th, 1999, tragedy struck the city of Oakland, California (population almost 400,000 and located across the Bay from San Francisco) when it lost two of its best emergency workers in one day... Dispatchers who handled the incidents both affirmed that there is nothing a dispatcher can do to prepare for the emotional impact of losing a field unit. The pattern I've observed from these experiences appears to be common to these types of critical incidents. These incidents...
Laws are certainly useful in dealing with Mental Health Commitments - but they don't adequately deal with the issue of officer safety, which is paramount when dealing with potentially dangerous situations. This is where training comes in. Training is essential in dealing with suicidal or mentally impaired individuals; this includes basic police academy training as well as continued training throughout an officer's career.
From July/August 1999 issue: School violence has moved out of its usual urban setting and into the headlines of an increasing number of "safe," small-town communities. From Alaska to Arkansas, children have been killing and injuring other children with alarming frequency. Altercations that at one time might have involved fistfights, knives, or an occasional handgun, can now involve sophisticated semi-automatic weapons, with hundreds of rounds of ammunition that can fell scores of victim in...
February 28, 1997, was a day of mayhem and miracles in North Hollywood. A pair of gunmen, clad in ski masks and full body armor, swaggered into the Bank of America shortly after it opened for business, spray-painted the lobby with bullets from AK-47 and M-16 assault rifles, and launched what was to become one of the most prolonged and shocking gun battles in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department. The 40-minute firefight, much of which aired live on television, gripped the nation...
Transportation personnel in Bellevue have been empowered to improve emergency response without leaving their desks. The city is transitioning to an Opticom Multimode Traffic Signal Priority control system, which includes Opticom Central Management Software (CMS) enabling them to perform critical management tasks remotely and maximize resources without compromising the budget.
GammaTech Computer Corp., offers the Durabook R13C, an upgraded version of model R13S perfectly suited for a variety of applications, including law enforcement, military, homeland security, and mobile workers in any type of outdoor environment.
Due to the success, as well as the widespread support and endorsement of the first film, the makers of the Heroes Behind The Badge documentary film have announced they have begun filming a follow up video, again in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The new movie will be released this fall.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Modern City Entertainment are teaming up to create Heroes Behind the Badge, a moving documentary about the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers serving across America. Set for release in fall 2012, Heroes Behind the Badge will feature stories about some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who have put their lives on the line and survived, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Highland Park (IL) Police Department is now offering residents a much more convenient and cost effective online alternative to filing a police report in person for minor offenses. Using solutions from New World Systems, the leader in public sector software, and Coplogic, Inc., the Police Department's Online Citizen Reporting System is improving the use of officer time and ensuring all stolen property is accurately reported and tracked.
Initially, there seemed to be a lot of disorganization for the first several days as the leadership scrambled to keep up with the volunteers who showed up and the teams that were deployed to help out. Most teams though, especially the FEMA ones, were well organized among themselves and were capable of running autonomously even if little or no input from higher up was forthcomming
Active shooters have now become such a part of public safety's life that the names of the communities in which they occur run together in a liturgy reminiscent of the battles of our Civil War... Now, Columbine is not even alone in Colorado in this distinction. And if misery truly does love company, they are comfortably surrounded by the Virginia Techs, and Clackamases, and Newtowns of our country...
ICMobil has come up with an innovative solution for improving the safety of the nation's officers on patrol, as well as any officer engaged in spot-checking a person's ID. Fugitive Finder is a hand-held device that allows police to perform an ID verification anytime, anywhere - including right outside a driver’s car window.
InterAct a leading provider of public safety solutions, has announced that its industry-leading PocketCop application is now available for qualified Android smartphones. PocketCop delivers real-time data to handheld devices, unleashing the power of situational awareness and total mobility to public safety. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the United States currently use PocketCop to give their officers, agents, and investigators wireless mobile access to critical...
They were big. They were boxy. They drank fuel at a fantastic rate. They were cool. They were often the subject of coffee breaks and station get-togethers by police departments all over the country. If you wanted to start an instant debate among cops, begin a discussion of which police cars were faster - the Dodge, the Chevy, or the Ford Crown Victoria. Now it's time to say goodbye to the Crown Vic, the car most often associated with the words police car.
Intrado Inc. a subsidiary of West Corporation and the leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions, has announced that ShotSpotter Inc. and its Gunshot Location System (GLS) have been certified to join the Intrado next-generation 9-1-1 data partner program. ShotSpotter is collaborating with Intrado using its patented acoustic surveillance and analytics technologies to send timely and precise geographically specific multimedia alerts with valuable situational intelligence directly to 9-1-1...
Intrado Inc., a subsidiary of West Corporation and a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions, has announced Beware, the latest tool in public safety intelligence designed to quickly alert responders to potentially deadly and dangerous situations while en route, or at the location of a scene.
Jackson County, MS Sheriff's Office Partners With PTS Solutions On Powerful New Information Sharing Initiative
Through an initiative led by Jackson County, MS Sheriff Mike Byrd, local law enforcement agencies using technologies provided by PTS Solutions and the Pegasus Program are being provided significant new law enforcement information sharing capabilities. This initiative provides law enforcement officers with better information to solve crimes and make communities safer.
On January 28, 2012 at 10:30 A.M, a M.V.A Rescue box was transmitted on the Black Horse Pike in front of the Wawa in Mt. Ephraim,NJ. Command arrived and reported a 2 vehicle accident involving a Police Unit. He reported the Police unit to be off the roadway and smoking from the hood, and an SUV with the driver occupant trapped.
The hoist up the WW2 Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien is part of the dogs' ongoing training program designed to expose them to all of the fields they could be potentially called to serve in. They are both bomb-sniffing dogs, and typically search for explosive material on ferries and in warehouses and port facilities. Their training, however, sometimes requires them to be transported to assets that they are not naturally comfortable with, such as airplanes or moving boats.
Saltus Technologies, a leading provider of eCitation systems for law enforcement, has announced today that digiTICKET will soon be available to all Kansas public safety agencies as part of the new KLER Justice Solution, created and sponsored by the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP). According to Mark Thurman, KHP Information Technology Officer, this new solution will be fully integrated with the Kansas Law Enforcement Reporting (KLER) system and brings together four state-of-the-art software packages
Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of colorimetric detection devices for dangerous chemical gases, is on the forefront of preventing accidental exposure to first responders from these toxic chemicals. The Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit offers police, EMS and first responders a field-configurable, low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution when encountering a chemical suicide.
LA County Sheriff Selects Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Computers For Countywide Patrol Vehicle Deployment
Panasonic Solutions Company, a provider of rugged mobile technology solutions for the Public Sector, has announced that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD), the largest Sheriff's department in the United States, has selected its Toughbook 31 and Toughbook CF-19 fully-rugged mobile computers for countywide vehicle deployment, as part of the LASD Mobile Digital Computer (MDC) project
The Lancaster, S.C. Police Department has selected New World Systems integrated suite of Aegis Public Safety software applications to modernize emergency response. The new software will help reduce emergency response times and allow the City to easily share critical public safety information with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
LASD Announces Innovative Eyewitness Video Platform to Revolutionize Responses to Terrorism, Large Scale Criminal Events & Disasters
SENDUS and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept (LASD) have announced LEEDIR, a new technology platform that will change the way law enforcement agencies respond to large scale criminal events and terrorists events. This new technology would have been ideal during the kind of active-shooting event that happened at LAX on Nov 1st, to understand how the shooting happened through eyewitness videos and to expedite collaborative analysis of the situation.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced an agreement to integrate eCrash, an electronic crash report management system, with CODY Systems' Records Anywhere Record Management System (RMS). With this announcement, CODY customers nationwide are now able to take advantage of this integrated solution.
Law Enforcement Barcode Equipment & Inventory Manager Software. Dynamic Systems, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software developer specializing in data collection applications has announced a low cost equipment and inventory manager for law enforcement agencies based on bar code technology.
On March 22, starting at 8 a.m., law enforcement agencies around the world will connect via Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-thon to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement. Agencies will tweet using the same hashtag, #poltwt, to create awareness about police work and issues police face as well as to promote the use of social media in policing.
Creative agencies share some alternative strategies for immigration law enforcement in this LEAPS.TV program. A no cost, 57-minute web program, Immigration Law Enforcement: Beyond 287(g) and Secure Communities is now available on LEAPS.TV.
A no cost web program features a SWAT/Quick Response Team call-out for a barricaded gunman. The program covers snipers, negotiators, command post set-up, tactical communications, mapping, and video/photography. This program will be available at no charge for the next two weeks
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has implemented an electronic crash reporting system that will drive internal efficiencies and improve citizen services for the Woodstock Police Department in Illinois. The new system deployment enables the department to fully automate its accident reporting process from beginning to end, resulting in time and cost savings, significant reduction in risk of errors, more effective information sharing and delivery to citizens, as well as the ability to reallocate...
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has expanded its capabilities to assist law enforcement officials with investigations and critical incidents such as gang violence, drug dealing, crimes against children and human trafficking through the use of social media. Social Media Monitor, a new capability in the LexisNexis Accurint for Law Enforcement platform that is powered by the technology of DigitalStakeout, allows agencies to discover risks and threats by leveraging social media to provide actionable...
Columbitech Inc., a leading mobile VPN security provider, has announced that the police department of Lowell, Massachusetts uses the Columbitech Mobile VPN to access criminal data in compliance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services policy.
Marlboro Township (NJ) PD Implements LexisNexis Solution to Streamline Vehicle Accident Reporting Process
LexisNexis Risk Solutions announces that the Marlboro Township (NJ) Police Department has implemented an electronic crash reporting system that will drive internal efficiencies and improve citizen services. The new system enables the PD to fully automate its accident reporting process from beginning to end, resulting in time/cost savings, significant reduction in errors, more effective information sharing and the ability to re-allocate resources to offer an increased public safety presence.
Memoirs from Heaven was conceived to address the large and growing need for posthumous communication services, with a focus toward public safety and the US military. The Company's goal is to create the first and only web-based bereavement letter, pre-conceived and highly customized in the principal’s first person words...
Nokia's Location & Commerce unit's Enterprise reseller, WebMaps, is providing NAVTEQ Maps for a new real-time vehicle tracking system in Mexico. With this advanced technology solution, the NAVTEQ Map is used to provide geographical coordinates and enable satellite positioning of vehicles reported as stolen.
Milledgeville PD Takes the Lead in Georgia Adopting gtechna's eCitations and License Plate Recognition Solution
gtechna, an end-to-end eCitations integrator provided the Milledgeville (GA) Police Department with the first of its kind, pay per ticket electronic citations solution bundled with license plate recognition technology (LPR). A smaller city of 17,715 inhabitants, Milledgeville citizens enjoy safe and secure roads due to the Milledgeville Police Department’s continual commitment to quality police service.
Saltus Technologies, a leading provider of innovative electronic ticketing systems for public safety, has announced that the police departments of Dodge City, Edwardsville, Merriam and Salina and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office have all purchased digiTICKET in the past six months. Since the Kansas Highway Patrol selected digiTICKET in September 2012, five other law enforcement agencies in the state have recognized the significant safety and financial benefits derived from officers spending...
Motorola Solutions and the Motorola Solutions Foundation Contribute $15 Million to the National Law Enforcement Museum
The funding provided by Motorola Solutions will help support the museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through interactive exhibits, historical artifacts, research and diverse educational programming. The contribution announced today brings the total to $18 million that Motorola Solutions and the Motorola Solutions Foundation have provided to support the museum's public education effort.
Motorola Solutions Inc. has announced the newest version of the MVX1000 Digital In-Car Video System R1.2 and Real-Time Video Intelligence R1.1 products that demonstrate Motorola’s leadership in public safety video technology.
Motorola Solutions, Inc. has announced a contract to integrate the City of Atlanta's disparate public and private surveillance camera systems into one common operational environment in the Video Integration Center. Motorola's Global Services organization leads a team including ADT Commercial Security to provide a comprehensive solution for the city.
Polaris Wireless has partnered with the Mountain View (CA) Police Department (MVPD) to pilot the company’s Altus blue force tracking application to augment police safety measures at a recent area concert. Altus was used to locate and track over twenty uniformed and plain-clothes police officers during the two-day concert, during which the MVPD conducted approximately 100 arrests. During this pilot deployment, some officers were equipped with department-provided mobile phones, which were...
Shortly before 3:30 AM on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 Mountain View (CA) police responded to an apartment complex on the 800 block of Alice Ave. on a report of a suicidal male who was armed with a shotgun and had barricaded himself inside his apartment after battering his girlfriend.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced that the Nassau County (NY) Police Department has implemented an electronic crash reporting system that will drive internal efficiencies and improve services provided to the citizens of Nassau County. The new system enables the Nassau County PD to fully automate its accident reporting process, allowing its citizens to review and print reports electronically over the Internet.
National Crime Prevention Council Offers Tips on School Safety Following News of Ohio School Shooting
Tragedy struck an Ohio High School on Monday, Feb. 27th, where school violence left four students wounded and one deceased. Early accounts of the incident reported that some students say the gunman, a student himself, allegedly tweeted he would bring a gun to school, but no one took the threat seriously. This type of behavior demonstrates a warning that the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) says is a sign of potential trouble ahead.
Police officers remain our primary first responders to active shooter incidents and mass-casualty events. Responding officers can prevent unnecessary deaths by addressing immediate threats, and then providing emergency care including the application of tourniquets and pressure dressings to prevent hemorrhage, triaging casualties, establishing secure casualty collection points, and coordinating care with existing EMS responders.
It is a new social network that is using the latest mobile technology to provide an increased level of protection during school shootings as they unfold. The Hero911 Network is a voluntary, nonprofit group of federal, state and local law enforcement officers nationally dedicated to reducing response times to active school shooting incidents.
Now available in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats, Heroes Behind The Badge: Sacrifice & Survival is the new highly anticipated follow up documentary film to the original Heroes Behind The Badge, released in 2012. This new documentary film, produced in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund not only features the harrowing stories of the fallen, but also focuses on the incredibly inspiring stories of those who have been critically injured in the line of duty and have...
The city of New Bedford, MA, has partnered with ShotSpotter Inc., a world leader in wide-area acoustic surveillance and gunshot detection and location technology, in support of its efforts to fight gun and gang violence. The New Bedford Police Department will use the ShotSpotter Qualified Alerts Service for real-time validation of gunshot location data, enabling accurate decisions for faster emergency response, helping improve situational intelligence and elevating first responder safety.
Catch the Sky: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Police Helicopter Pilot, the first in-depth look at the life of a law enforcement officer who flies a helicopter, is now available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats, with 37 pages of photographs included.
How can police remain effective and vital in an era of unprecedented technological advances, access to information, and the global transformation of crime? Written by long-serving Winnipeg Police officer Robert Chrismas, Canadian Policing in the 21st Century offers a rare look at street-level police work and the hidden culture behind the badge.
Originally developed to protect soldiers from deafening blasts and noise in the field - while also providing the advantage of amplified hearing in quiet situations - EB15-LE electronic earplugs from Etymotic Research are now available for police and fire departments.
New FBI CJIS Security Policy Provides Method for Tiburon Clients Using iPad and Other Tablet Devices to Perform NCIC Queries
Tiburon, Inc., a leading provider of public safety software solutions, has announced that the recent version 5.2 update to the FBI CJIS Security Policy now provides an approved method for the Company's iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablet users to conduct queries of criminal justice information (e.g., NCIC queries) in accordance with FBI Policy.
Law enforcement and military services have remained a big challenge even in the technology rich 21st century. Creating a safe environment for civilians and dissolving crime usually involves taking risks and maintaining effective communication methods. Nonetheless, meaningful progress has been made on that front. Here are some of the standout technologies for law enforcement in 2014.
CrimePush has launched an innovative new crime-reporting and personal safety app for the iPhone and Android marketplace. With a few intuitive clicks, community members can now report crimes, medical emergencies, or other threatening situations to their local authorities at the push of a button. Because of the smartphone's unique capabilities this app can discretely send alerts that include detailed GPS coordinates, photos, text, and even video.
Until recently, access to database systems has been limited to mobile data terminals in officer’s cars. But now, officers are able to access information from anywhere in the field - either on their RIM BlackBerry smartphones with PocketCop or their laptops with InterAct Mobile. This eliminates the added time of going through a dispatcher from the car radio. PocketCop on a smartphone has the added advantage of being accessible when the officer is outside of the vehicle.
York County's mobile command and control system enhances situational awareness and operational efficiency while increasing officer safety. Off-the-shelf hardware, radio interoperability and GPS-enabled real time updates are only a few of the highlights. This program focuses on the operational and technical aspects of the Quick Response Team's use of advanced communications technology in their operations using a barricaded gunman scenario to demonstrate the capabilities of the system.
Current debates on proactive police policies such as stop-and-frisk focuses on the legality and effectiveness of the stops. But a new study co-authored by Columbia Law School Professor Jeffrey Fagan suggests that a third criterion may be even more important in making stops effective: public perceptions of whether the police are acting lawfully and respectfully during stops.
Today's traffic-monitoring project and public safety agency demands higher data throughput and lower latency - at an affordable price. The LongHaul ST series is Carlson Wireless's answer to these requirements, with both an indoor rackmount version as well as an outdoor integrated antenna.
Originally published in much shorter form in our August, 2008 issue. The issue remains relevant since I wrote this: on July 4,2010 police and firefighters in Alton, Illinois responding to a fireworks complaint were attacked by a crowd of several hundred people who shot large bottle rockets at them; in August 2011, fire crews in Salford and Manchester, England, were attacked by mobs inflamed by riots; on January 9, 2012, Detroit-area firefighters were attacked by a rioting crowd after...
What follows is a portion of the radio traffic from both LAPD's North Hollywood Frequency and Van Nuys Frequency during the Bank of America incident. Tonja Bellard is the North Hollywood dispatcher, while Guadalupe De La Cruz handled Van Nuys, assisted by Robyn Frazier. Unit 9L89 is Officer Martin Whitfield, one of the most seriously wounded officers in this incident.
As campuses nationwide openup their classrooms for the new school year, MIR3, Inc., an innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification and response technology, is urging school administrators to review their current campus alerting plans to keep students and staff safe and operations running smoothly in case of disaster.
Orders will ship late October 2012: Produced by Modern City Entertainment, HEROES BEHIND THE BADGE features stories of some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who have put their lives on the line and survived, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
On March 1, 2011 the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) unanimously voted to support the concept of a single nationwide broadband network for public safety instead of the network of networks approach. At an ex parte discussion held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for invited representatives of public safety, NPSTC made the strong case for a single flexible, reliable, and vibrant national broadband network, presenting high-level conceptual drawings to...
Nuance Communications, Inc. has announced Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 4 - the most powerful, accurate and personalized voice recognition software for the Mac available on the market today... Dragon Dictate for Mac allows people to save time and to be more productive in the report and filing process in the public safety industry, with dictation speeds up to three times faster than typing, with words appearing on the screen as you speak them.
As a dispatcher with the Simi Valley (CA) Police Department since 1977, promoted to the position of Communications Manager in 1990, I have been involved with many citywide incidents from earthquakes, to fires, to floods, to the opening of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library with five living Presidents attending. But nothing has come close to being involved in managing public safety during the internment of Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States. This event was...
Organized crime is defined by modern law to mean the association of people in pursuit of criminal activity. The Chief Assistant District Attorney in New York County and head of the Rackets Bureau under legendary DA Frank S. Hogan, Alfred J. Scotti, considered organized crime a purely American brand of criminal activity. Of course he was of Italian ancestry and like many Italo-Americans resented labels Washington bureaucrats put on racketeering.
When hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Somerset County on September 11, 2001 the Police Communications Officers and State Police Officers from Troop A were handling the incoming telephone calls, along with the Somerset 9-1-1 Center.
The murder of 52 women in Mexico is enough even for my hard bit experience in law enforcement to take - every dispatcher knows the tragedy of drug addicts' conduct on themselves, their families, and society... There is no way to stop opium trafficking so long as there is demand for heroin. The United States is the world’s largest consumer. Yesterday the President of Mexico, visibly upset when 52 women were burned to death by drug traffickers in a bingo parlor, suggested again that the U.S. do...
How do democratic nations deal with terrorism, perceived and real? Actually, the same way a dictatorship does. Freedoms are suspended and civil rights diminished. Martial law can be imposed, free press suspended and false propaganda issued. There is money in war. History has proved that greed instigated more than one world conflict.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, 9-1-1 Magazine columnist and former Assistant DA John C. Fine shares his perspective on the nature of modern violence and the dark road that leads toward these kinds of tragedies.
Saltus Technologies, a leading provider of innovative eCitation systems for public safety, has announced that the Whitefish, Montana Police Department recently deployed the digiTICKET electronic ticketing solution. digiTICKET allows police officers to use a handheld ticket writer to scan a driver license barcode and quickly generate municipal and county tickets. The system is designed to reduce officers' time, eliminate data errors and reduce administrative costs. digiTICKET also interfaces...
PowerPhone, has published an Active Shooting Response (ASR) Bulletin for public safety agencies. The free bulletin may be used as agencies see fit in preparing and equipping their call takers and dispatchers with effective instructions to deal with an active shooting event.
The goal of the Chicago Police procedural justice and police legitimacy training is for officers to understand the core concepts of procedural justice and legitimacy in order to build better relationships with the communities that they serve and the people whom they work with on the Chicago Police Department.... As of September 2013, the CPD Education and Training Division has trained over 7,700 Chicago Police Department personnel in the procedural justice and police legitimacy program.
Law Enforcement, emergency response and dispatch within the reservation is the responsibility of tribal police. The force consists of a chief of police, one lieutenant, four sergeants, twelve police officers and five dispatchers. Five highways go through the reservation patrolled by three Indian Highway Safety Officers included in force numbers above.
The City of Vineland, New Jersey is now utilizing ProPhoenix Public Safety Software. With a population of over 60,000, this large jurisdiction needed public safety software that could help them achieve their maximum public safety potential.
Pryme Radio Products recently unveiled its arsenal of newest technologies at the IWCE Las Vegas earlier this month. All of the innovations introduced at the show are brand new this year, including two new additions to its award winning PRYMEBLU line, a wireless PTT adapter and a number of solutions for high-noise environments.
Pryme Radio, an industry leader in professional quality two-way radio accessories, is joining forces with Hearing Components to enhance the comfort and performance of its communication equipment with the addition of patented Comply Foam tips.
Raytheon Company has begun equipping the motorcycle fleet of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) with computers that provide a new level of public safety and efficiency capabilities. Approximately 100 motorcycles will carry the new, lightweight computers in saddle bags by the fall.
ReconRobotics, Inc., a leader in tactical micro-robot systems, has introduced the Recon Scout Throwbot LE, an affordable yet highly sophisticated micro-robot designed to help patrol officers assess potentially dangerous situations. Until now, use of robots by law enforcement has typically been restricted to tactical teams and bomb technicians, but the Throwbot LE is specifically designed to mitigate the everyday risks that patrol officers encounter during interrupted robberies
The Redwood City (CA) Police Department is using Netop's Live Guide video and text chat to allow community members to have real-time, interactive video chats directly with Redwood City police officers. Live Guide utilizes the latest technology for two-way text, audio and video chat, offering another way for the community to connect with the Police Department.
A thirteen-year old girl is swept down a flood control channel in Los Angeles as swiftwater rescuers struggle to pluck her out of the torrent. A woman and her son are in a violent automobile accident and rescuers make a heroic effort to save them. The parents of a young man receive a surprise telephone call from police officers informing them that their son may be the victim of a homicide. A well-known Hollywood actor discovers his beautiful wife lying at the bottom of their swimming pool....
Public safety has not always kept pace with dramatic changes in technology. Young people with advanced computer skills using inexpensive cell phones and video games seem miles ahead of the average police officer whose analog radios with limited range and interoperability, make it difficult, and at times impossible, to communicate with other agencies let along their own command. This in an era when clandestine federal operations, funded with billions of dollars of taxpayer money, have the most...
The Rocky Mount (NC) Police Department is quickly realizing key benefits in incorporating the gunfire alert and analysis technology provided by SST, Inc., with its strategic and tactical operations to combat crime in the city. In July 2011, the Rocky Mount Police Department implemented the ShotSpotter Flex solution in support of its ongoing commitment to rid the city of gun crime and gun violence and improve the quality of life for its residents.
Statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security indicate that the average active shooter incident lasts 12.5 minutes, while the average law enforcement response time is 18 minutes. This means that very often, the 9-1-1 dispatcher will be the first law enforcement representative to establish contact with victims or those closely involved with these dramatic events.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the results of a comprehensive survey focused on the impact of social media on law enforcement in criminal investigations. The survey revealed that currently four out of five respondents use various social media platforms to assist in investigations and found agencies serving smaller populations and with fewer sworn personnel (<50) use social media more, while state agencies tend to use it less (71%) than local (82%) and federal (81%) agencies.
On June 18, 2011, the Sacramento Police Department Cycling Team was the first all law enforcement team to compete in the Race Across America. The race is an epic 3,000-mile bicycle race from California to Maryland. In June of 2012 Team Sac PD plans to take on that challenge again.
On June 18, 2011, the Sacramento Police Department Cycling Team was the first all law enforcement team to compete in the Race Across America. The race is an epic 3,000-mile bicycle race from California to Maryland. In June of 2012 Team Sac PD plans to take on that challenge again.
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of technology products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, has enhanced its Enterprise Version 4.0 platform with automated case flow notification and assignment capabilities. These new features will expedite certain administrative procedures and empower personnel to focus more on patients and less on paperwork.
SAP Situational Awareness Rapid-Deployment Solution Offers Real-Time Insights to Police & First Responders
SAP AG has announced the availability of the SAP Situation Awareness rapid-deployment solution for public sector with SAP HANA. Applying a combination of innovations, the new solution provides real-time situational awareness to operational public safety and security officials who are on the ground dealing with major incidents, serious crime and emergencies.
School Safety: Retired Police Officer and Her Daughter Launch AttachaPack: Safety-Focused Kids Backpack
AttachaPack offers a suite of tech and safety options: a GPS system (so you can track your child), solar panel (to charge mobile devices), and bulletproof shield. With 26 years' experience in law enforcement, founder Christina Thomas melds extensive knowledge of school safety with current technologies and design to offer a functional backpack unique to every owner.
Scotts Valley Police Department Becomes The First Law Enforcement Agency In California To Acquire A Zero Electric Motorcycle
The Scotts Valley Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in California to accept delivery of a Zero DS electric motorcycle to assist in local patrols and traffic enforcement. The acquisition serves as a benchmark for evaluating the performance capabilities of the Zero DS in law enforcement situations, such as responding through traffic and on local bike trails. Due to its remarkably quiet all-electric drivetrain, the Zero DS is the perfect motorcycle for patrolling in urban...
Citywide, the scans yielded 1,858 stolen cars and illegal parkers. The analysis provides the first snapshot of the Seattle Police Department's license-plate-scanner program. It has come under scrutiny amid concerns about how much information government agencies collect. Critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, complain that retaining the records on vehicles' whereabouts could potentially lead to abuse.
The follow up film to the acclaimed documentary HEROES BEHIND THE BADGE is HEROES BEHIND THE BADGE: SACRIFICE & SURVIVAL and will be released in the Fall of 2013. This second full-length documentary film will not only tell the stories of brave officers who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. But also the stories of the countless officers each year who are physically disabled, many of them permanently, in violent confrontations.
Sensear SM1x Ear Muff devices were used at the San Diego Chargers game to deliver a total communication solution for the senior police officers in charge. The devices were connected to their Motorola two way radios and synced to their Bluetooth cell phones and were worn throughout the game as an integral component of the police officers communication equipment.
Nearly 70,000 law enforcement officers from across the U.S. took courses last year at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco., GA., a Department of Homeland Security facility so sprawling it has its own ZIP code. They practiced on 18 firearms ranges and ran armed drills inside a mock train station, an airport terminal and a Main Street. Yesterday, only 45 of 1,000 employees were at work, with the rest officially furloughed under the federal shutdown.
What if law enforcement had the ability to identify and potentially prevent crime before it happened? What if they were able to get out in front of when and where criminal activity would occur, and deploy resources accordingly?
From Jul/Aug 1997 issue: All of us in dispatch are awed by the challenges that faced the Colorado telecommunicators... And as crime perpetuates crime and the darkness that exists in so many young souls prepared no doubt to writhe into another tragedy someday yet to come, we grieve for Jefferson County, we pray for our own children, and as we wonder just how recklessly this world is spinning out of control...
SST, Inc., has announced the launch of ShotSpotter SiteSecure, a first-of-its-kind indoor gunfire detection, location and alert system that detects and locates gunfire and automatically alerts first responders within seconds. ShotSpotter SiteSecure integrates existing or new outdoor installations of the industry-leading ShotSpotter gunfire location and alert solutions to provide a complete indoor/outdoor "bubble" of protection around any facility.
SST, Inc., has launched ShotSpotter SiteSecure, a first-of-its-kind indoor gunfire detection, location and alert system that detects and locates gunfire and automatically alerts first responders within seconds. ShotSpotter SiteSecure integrates existing or new outdoor installations of the industry-leading ShotSpotter gunfire location and alert solutions to provide a complete indoor/outdoor "bubble" of protection around any facility.
New software and technology from New World Systems is providing the Sterling Heights, Mich. Police Department with easy access to critical information that is enhancing investigations. On January 18, 2012, a masked man entered a Sterling Heights pharmacy attempting to get narcotics. After a brief struggle with the pharmacist the man fled, leaving behind a prescription bottle with a partial name, and a witness able to provide a vehicle description...
The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious. Many law enforcement agencies proactively announce their plans to maximize their focus and response to celebratory gunfire incidents publicly through direct community outreach and local media...
Known its full line of fire apparatus, mobile medical, broadcast communications, recovery, law enforcement and homeland security vehicles, the Oshkosh Corporation Fire & Emergency segment has designed a line of tactical response vehicles for law enforcement which provide self-contained operational, command, and communications systems. Both of these vehicles will be on display at the IACP Conference in Orlando Florida this coming week.
Team Robot: Researchers Demonstrate Autonomous Vehicles With Advanced Collaborative Exploration and Mapping Capabilities
The ability to map and explore simultaneously represents a milestone in the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance Program, a major research initiative sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The five-year program is led by BAE Systems and includes numerous principal and general members comprised largely of universities...
From the terrorist standpoint, attacks on civilian targets like the World Trade Center are political acts. Perpetrators are heroes, martyrs in their own society, perhaps even heroes among elements of American society. In their twisted reckoning, they are paid lobbyists. While their stated enemy counterparts lobby US politicians with cash and favors, the terrorist is paid with salvation. Hate is wrong in any society. Religious fervor is evil when manipulated by ungodly men.
They are sworn to uphold the law. When they go wrong there is nobody to stop them. That there are corrupt cops is not surprising. That their criminal conduct is condoned, even applauded, by other police officers is appalling. A continuing scandal in the New York Police Department under Commissioner Ray Kelly has sparked protests by tough looking cops rallying around the courthouse to support Officer Joe Ramos, a 17-year veteran of the NYPD. Ramos was indicted for making a heroin buy and...
In an effort to combat the high costs, deaths and injuries associated with traffic collisions, state departments of transportation (DOT) work closely with law enforcement agencies, state traffic safety offices and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to plan and implement policies that can help reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes. One approach is through the Four E’s of traffic safety - Enforcement, Engineering, Education and Emergency Medical Services.
Newly hired police officers go through a police academy for training. A citizen's academy is the same principle, but designed for members of the community. It gives the general public a behind-the-scenes look at how police agencies work. Citizen's academies vary in length depending on the hosting agency and that agency's goals; some can be as short as 4 weeks, while others can be as long as 16 weeks.
Public safety professionals continue to adopt new technologies that allow them to monitor potentially dangerous or illegal activities and gain access to information that improves their ability to do their job, and the quality of the services being provided. However, municipalities that purchase and implement these technologies are often at risk themselves from hidden vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyber criminals. Thus, sensitive data that is necessary for reporting crime and...
Tagg the Pet Tracker is a small device that is attached to the dog's collar and monitors and tracks the animal's activity levels and whereabouts. Originally designed for pet owners, Tagg also gives first responders, U.S. military personnel, law enforcement, emergency management officials, and other government employees peace of mind that their working dog can always be located 24/7 via web and mobile applications by setting a designed Tagg Zone that gives alerts if the pet being monitored...
The Travis County Sheriff's Office has adopted the EmFinder's EmSeeQ wearable locator system that uses cellular technology to quickly locate individuals who are prone to wandering due to cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Travis County is the first Texas agency to adopt the EmSeeQ system to upgrade its search and rescue technology for locating wandering and lost persons
In the years following 9/11, several TV dramas have popularized the notion that there are a lot of high-tech developments, not to mention relaxation of due process, prevalent today in the pursuit of criminal suspects. It's hard to watch all these shows portraying modern law enforcement techniques and separate fantasy from fact.
Since Shanksville is located in a very rural area, the Pennsylvania State Police were in charge of the crash scene, although numerous other agencies would follow to conduct the investigation and necessary follow-up tasks.
At last month's Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (Toronto, Ontario), the Microsoft Technology Innovation 2012 Award (MTIA) was presented the University of Windsor's Community Police for their work in incorporating technology into their organization allowing for the sharing of information in real-time between multiple organizations to increase interoperability among public safety departments - college and corresponding regional, provincial and federal first responders.
Valuable Situational Awareness Lesson in Dashcam Video as Pursuit Ends When Woman Collides With Train
This dashboard camera footage comes from the Woods Cross (Utah) Police Department. After pursuing a suspect associated with an unwanted guest disturbance call, an officer witnesses the suspect drive into a southbound freight train passing through on the farthermost track of a double-track railroad crossing. Her car stuck on the closer track, she is then hit and propelled ahead by a second southbound train.
VIEVU the industry leader in body worn video (BWV) has announced the availability of its LE3, a major upgrade to the company's industry-leading wearable. The LE3 is a highly secure HD video camera designed for law enforcement's usability and evidence standards.
On May 23, 1973, Oakland Police Officer Robert Blan was shot and killed during a traffic stop. He was 24 years old and left behind a wife and two young children. His daughter, Michelle, visited the Memorial for the first time in 2010 and had a life changing experience. She made it her goal to bring her mother with her to the Memorial in 2011 - and both graciously decided to share their inspiring experience with others...
The Wayne County, North Carolina Sheriff's Office (WCSO) recently presented their Esri based GIS tools at the Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) Board Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. WCSO was asked to present on the crime analysis and public crime mapping tools that they are utilizing. WCSO currently utilizes GeoBlade Crimes from Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) for internal crime analysis and MapNimbus for providing crime incident information to its citizens.
Seven years ago this month, on April 20, 1999 the word Columbine entered our collective vocabulary as the singular definition of school violence. Although not the first, and regrettably, not the last such incident, it served to bring attention to the fact that tragedies of unimaginable magnitudes can - and do - happen almost anywhere.
Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) has drawn the attention of law enforcement across the nation because of its ability to capture, categorize and catalog important data for analysis of specific patterns of criminal activity as it occurs and during its planning stages. Determining when non-suspect activity becomes suspect activity can be difficult to ascertain, however. For example, tourists in big cities take photos of infrastructure - buildings, roads, tunnels and bridges. They're not...
Locked out of her car earlier this month, a woman called 9-1-1 and claimed that an infant was trapped in the vehicle. But when a sheriff's deputy responded to a "priority one lockout" at the woman’s Florida home at around 9 AM on October 6, he "saw no child" inside vehicles parked in the driveway.
The LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld by Motorola Solutions, Inc. offers first responders a virtual partner, helping them monitor the environment, gather information and be more aware. With a compact, rugged form factor and quick-response interface, the device brings robust management capabilities to ensure IT staff can easily deploy its new fleet of IP data devices with the confidence of full visibility and control.