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A box of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies helped to identify a suspect after a 100mph pursuit in Hemet, California, after police tried to pull a motorcyclist over for a vehicle code violation
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.
A-T Solutions Inc., an internationally recognized leader in counterterrorism based in Vienna, Virginia, is launching its Data Collection Toolkit, a suite of software tools that enable users to systematically collect, share, analyze and manage incident-related data.
On May 21st, the American Civil Liberties Union released a detailed set of recommended policies for the use of police body cameras. The proposed rules are in the form of a model bill that can be adopted by state legislatures, local governments, and police departments.
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?
Advanced Laser Imaging Build On Their Metropolitan Police Service Experience To Develop New Policing Markets For 3D Laser Scanning
After eight years' working with the Metropolitan Police Service, the founders of Advanced Laser Imaging Ltd, headquartered in London, England, are now extending the scope of their world-leading expertise. Built on the latest laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques, the company's highly accurate, immersive, 3D environments have now been developed for a wide range of security-related applications, including crime investigation environment imaging and more efficient delivery of greater...
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...
Police Chief Frederick Ryan is pleased to announce that the Arlington Police Department will be providing a new desk officer online reporting system for the public, from California-based software company, Coplogic, Inc.
PrintekMobile, an industry leader for reliable, innovative, on-the-go rugged mobile printers, has announced the launch of its NEW Interceptor 800 mobile thermal printer. Its advanced design makes for a low profile, highly reliable full-page mobile printer perfect for a wide variety of applications, such as public safety responders including EMS, police, and fire, as well as public utilities, and more
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil
The names of 273 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. These names were engraved and formally dedicated at the 27th annual Candlelight Vigil held at the Memorial on Wednesday, May 13th. Following are the remarks delivered by US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch at the memorial ceremony.
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.
Case Study: How Armored Vehicles Prepared the San Juan Regional Response Team for an Officer-Involved Shootout
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, a specialized law enforcement team in San Juan, Texas was sent out to serve a high-risk warrant to a capital murder suspect...quickly turned into an active shooter situation. More than 200 officers (including seven SWAT teams) responded, along with five different armored rescue vehicles, also known as armored personal carriers (APCs). The motivation in using the armored vehicles was to provide relief and to transport SWAT teams into the crisis site, where two...
The Casper, Wyoming Police Department has deployed Saltus Technologies‚Äô digiTICKET eCitation solution. Using a proof of concept evaluation method, Casper PD invited the three top bidders to field test their systems for 30 days in separate Casper PD vehicles for a head-to-head evaluation by their officers. digiTICKET was selected as the best choice after the evaluation period.
Chicago PD: What Modern Law Enforcement Agencies Need to Know About Modern Public Safety Technology Innovations
Law enforcement and fire departments around the country are leveraging new technologies to better inform their personnel, increase situational awareness, respond to emergencies, and protect citizens. The Chicago Police Department (CPD), recognized nationally as a technology innovator, is one such example.
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.
Chinook Medical Gear, a leading distributor and manufacturer of tactical medical kits, introduces a new line of Mass Casualty / Active Shooter Kits. Designed for schools, offices, and public buildings, these new kits empower the general public and first responders with proven supplies for performing hemorrhage control similar to what is administered by soldiers on the battlefield.
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 companyís 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.
Around the world, public safety agencies have successfully deployed cutting-edge surveillance systems as a means to provide greater protection to local communities - from police body-cams to sophisticated networks of cameras on public streets and intersections. But more support is needed to make public safety surveillance networks actionable in real-time, rather than just creating records for events that have already passed.
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.
In September of 2013, a Boston based company, Brandon-COPsync, LLC launched a software platform called COPsync 911. CS911 empowers law enforcement personnel with the latest, most powerful and innovative technology solutions. These solutions include providing law enforcement and schools with real-time information, communication and reduced response time
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
TASER International has announced that the Dallas (TX) Police Department has placed a large order of its Axon body-worn video cameras and Evidence.com solution, a back-end digital evidence management system. The Dallas Police Department deployment will include shipment of 400 Axon Flex and Body cameras in Q2 of 2015 and an additional 600 Axon cameras will ship over the next three years.
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...
The catalyst to a criminal case often begins with a call to 9-1-1. It's the first potential evidence investigators have to determine the initial facts of a case. If that call was placed via a mobile device, it often provides a gateway into more powerful data evidence. Today, mobile device evidence is the new "smoking gun" and is redefining criminal investigations.
Data911 announces the integration of the Wolfcom Vision body worn camera into the Verus video evidence management solution. Verus provides a single repository for all sources of video evidence - body worn, in-car, motorcycles, surveillance - from incident capture to the interview room.
The modern emergency response pre-plan program is now all-digital. Moreover, it is shareable between facilities and first responders. An all-digital pre-plan program, such as our technology CommandScope, shares highly-detailed property information with first responders...
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.
When sensitive incidents occur in one jurisdiction, that citizen reaction knows no bounds, triggering a rash of belligerent callers and unfounded complaints at other 9-1-1 centers. The same can be said of our law enforcement users. The "Hands Up - Don‚Äôt Shoot" rallies extended nationwide as a public display of protest. What was not so public was the impact placed upon PSAPs in having to deal with these events and associated traffic.
Saltus Technologies, provider of the industry-leading digiTICKET eCitation solution, has announced that the Duncan, Oklahoma Police Department recently deployed digiTICKET to enhance productivity and safety for its patrol officers. City of Duncan PD is the 39th Oklahoma Agency to Deploy digiTICKET eCitation Solution
We're hearing a lot in the media these days about police brutality, about the militarization of police, about racism and all of the ugly accusations that confront law enforcement, particularly in the wake of events on Ferguson, Missouri, which is experiencing a second week of rioting and violence against police in the wake of a shooting of a young, unarmed black man by a white police officer...
Autism is on the rise, with as many as 1 in 68 children in the U.S. now affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 50,000 of these children turn 18 every year and police departments are challenged to safely and effectively respond to the growing population of individuals on the spectrum.
Modern policing, like many other industries, requires a significant amount of administrative work and assistance... One technology that is growing in popularity in mainstream culture is voice recognition. Often, the technology is utilized through the use of consumer products, like phones and tablets. However, it is quickly becoming a widespread solution across multiple industries, including law enforcement, in which it is utilized to aid in officers‚Äô reporting and report-filing processes.
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.
The technological marvel rivals real time crime centers one might expect to see in New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles. It's an advanced system that cost the city nothing, but it's worrying some civil rights advocates that it may infringe on residents' privacy.
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.
The latest version of Security Center (5.3 SR1), Genetec's unified security platform, now supports the import and archiving of video content recorded by police from a variety of body wearable cameras, including B-CAM, GoPro, Vievue and Zepcam.
The Mountain View (CA) Police reported in their blog post Thursday that an officer pulled one of Google's driverless cars for traveling 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer informed the operator operator about impeding traffic per 22400(a) of the California Vehicle Code, but no citation was issued (after all - the vehicle had no driver!)
GPS tracking technologies for pursuit management, often called "GPS bullets," are among the most promising alternatives to high-speed police chases. Quite literally, a well-placed GPS tag on a fleeing vehicle is a ‚Äėbullet‚Äô that can save lives. The less-than-lethal GPS pursuit management system is comprised of two small, cylinder-shaped projectiles each containing a miniature GPS tracker, tipped with an industrial-strength adhesive. The launching mechanism, powered by compressed-air, is...
Haystax Technology Inc., a developer of next-generation analytics and cybersecurity solutions, has released a new mobile application to complement the Haystax Public Safety Cloud. The Haystax Mobile Field Interview Application is designed to streamline data entry for law enforcement agencies by providing an end-to-end digital data management system.
Haystax Technology, Inc., a leading provider of advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions, has announced it will bolster school safety for the McAllen Independent School District (MISD), which spans 33 campuses and more than 30,000 students, teachers and employees in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. MISD will launch the Haystax School Safety Center, a cloud-based software platform that gives school administrators and public safety agencies a common operational picture of the school security...
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.
With wearables tied to Bluetooth Beacons and harnessing the power of GPS, responders will know the exact location of their team in a building or out in the field, enabling them to be more responsive during a crisis. More importantly, wearable technology will harness the abilities of WiFi mesh networks, Beacons and powerful communication applications to improve public safety and streamline tasks...
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 driverís car window.
Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the state, local and federal law enforcement markets, introduces its Central Integrated Receiver Antenna System-x8 (CIRAS-x8). Ideally Suited for Command Centers and Helicopter Downlinks, 8-Way MaxRC COFDM Receiver Offers Exceptional RF Performance
Intelligent Automation, Inc. Introduces the ARGUS-PS Series Law Enforcement Wireless Security System
Surveillance of suspects, protection of assets, and securement of crime scenes are daily challenges for the Law Enforcement and First Responder community. Derived from proven technology originally developed for U.S. Military applications, ARGUS PS, from Intelligent Automation Inc., consists of rugged wireless sensors networked together to form a protective, invisible trip wire around any area or infrastructure of interest.
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 Department of Justice has announced on May 1st a $20 million Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Partnership Program to respond to the immediate needs of local and tribal law enforcement organizations. The investment includes $17 million in competitive grants for the purchase of body-worn cameras, $2 million for training and technical assistance and $1 million for the development of evaluation tools to study best practices.
The hoist up the WW2 Liberty Ship Jeremiah OíBrien 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.
Getac Inc., a leading manufacturer of rugged computers, announced that the Las Vegas (NV) Metro PD has ordered 898 Getac rugged tablets for its police force. The order includes 778 Getac F110 rugged tablets to be installed in its patrol cruisers, while another 120 Getac T800 rugged tablets will be deployed by the department's Motor Division to support traffic control and citations.
LASD Announces Innovative Eyewitness Video Platform to Revolutionize Responses to Terrorism, Large Scale Criminal Events & Disasters
SENDUS and the Los Angeles Sheriffís 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.
Law Enforcement Officers Exposed to Trauma Receive Stress Management Services From Crisis & Counseling Centers
Police officers enter the public safety profession willing to put themselves at risk to protect the community. In addition to physical dangers, daily work-related stressors may lead to long-term mental and emotional health consequences. Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) recently formalized its Mental Health Resiliency Program (MHRP), which provides law enforcement stress management and debriefing services in central Maine.
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 Acquires PoliceReports.US, Provides Law Enforcement Improved Crash Data Analytics Capabilities
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the acquisition of PoliceReports.US, an online distributor of vehicle accident reports currently in use by 29 states. The acquisition will complement the LexisNexis eCrash solution with enhanced crash report data, analytics and distribution capabilities. This acquisition follows closely to the company‚Äôs purchase of iyeTek in May, strengthening the capabilities of the LexisNexis eCrash solution and expanding its market presence.
LexisNexis Acquisition Enhances Law Enforcement's Ability to Streamline Crash Reporting, Reduce Accidents
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has acquired iyeTek, an innovative software development company that creates mobile and handheld software solutions...Together, the companies can help law enforcement agencies fully automate their accident reporting process from beginning to end, resulting in cost savings, more effective information sharing and enhanced investigative capabilities.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced that it is submitting its LexisNexis eCrash automated accident reporting and traffic analytics solution in the NYC BigApps 2014 development competition. LexisNexis eCrash provides the kind of marked improvements and overall value contribution to New York City residents that BigApps looks for when evaluating a participant's project.
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.
What follows here are guidelines and examples we've culled from a number of agencies which we hope may help you develop a pre-plan for composing a suitable Last Call broadcast for your department or dispatch center, in the hopes that you will never have to use it. As we've found with most critical event SOPs, it‚Äôs better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Thus, having a plan for when and how to make a Last Call broadcast with guidelines as to verbiage, will serve...
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 principalís 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 Departmentís 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 Sheriffís 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 has acquired PublicEngines, a privately held provider of cloud-based solutions that deliver crime analysis, predictive policing and citizen engagement capabilities for law enforcement agencies, governments and other organizations...
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.
Collaboration to bring new level of voice clarity and support for voice-enabled public safety technology. "VocalZoom has the potential to be the difference of whether a firefighter can communicate at a dangerous fire scene...for police officers, for example, turning their heads to communicate can be the difference between life and death for them or the people they are protecting, or the difference between whether a criminal is apprehended or escapes."
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 Motorolaís 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.
Responding to law enforcement demand, Motorola Solutions is transforming body-worn cameras and digital evidence management with the debut of its first-ever, three-in-one combination body-worn video camera, radio speaker, and microphone along with a new, cloud-based content management system. Motorola Solutions' innovative end-to-end solution, the "Smart Interface" (Si) Si500 and Si300 Video Speaker Microphone (VSM)
Polaris Wireless has partnered with the Mountain View (CA) Police Department (MVPD) to pilot the companyís 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.
Saltus Technologies, a leading provider of innovative electronic ticketing systems for public safety, has announced that the police departments of St. Francisville and Hammond, Louisiana, are successfully issuing citations with the digiTICKET eCitation solution. Deployed on handheld devices, digiTICKET allows their officers to streamline the ticketing process, reduce dangerous roadside time, and avoid errors that can result in lost revenue.
Mutualink Partners with School Safety Expert in Shared Mission to Speed Response Time during School Emergencies
Mutualink has announced an alliance with one of the Nation‚Äôs top school safety and security experts, William ‚ÄúBill‚ÄĚ Smith, to improve schools‚Äô preparedness and response in emergency situations through advanced communications technology. As the founding member of American School Safety, LLC and principal of Jennings Smith Associates , Mr. Smith brings over thirty years of experience as a security consultant and is a renowned authority on US school safety and security issues.
Mutualink has been awarded CQIA's Platinum Innovation Prize, Connecticut's premiere statewide award for innovation. Mutualink was recognized for its secure emergency communications and video sharing platform for schools - Mutualink K12. The K12 system dramatically improves school safety and security by directly linking school radios, telephone, intercom and video systems with police, fire, EMS, hospitals and other entities in emergency situations.
NAFA Fleet Management Association, the premier association for the fleet profession ‚Äď including numerous police departments ‚Äď recognizes that the life blood of the job is the driver and the act of driving, and that the use of electronic devices while driving is dangerous to everyone on the road.
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.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Issues Bonds to Build a Museum and Create a National Center for Law Enforcement
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has announced that it is releasing nearly $100 million worth of high-yield, non-rated, tax-exempt bonds to build the only national museum dedicated to telling the story of law enforcement in America. The congressionally-authorized museum will complement the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and will complete the development of a National Center for Law Enforcement that will highlight and archive law enforcement achievements and...
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
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...
Meet the new technology set to transform law enforcement communication. Just launched, 1st Cast L.E. is a mobile app knocking down communication barriers between officers. The app will enable any officer to instantly create and cast real time alerts directly from the scene of the crime. With 1st Cast L.E., an officer is able to reach other law enforcement and media in a matter of minutes, at no cost to them
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.
Data911 launches the first ever high quality HD LPR and makes fleet-wide implementation possible by packaging it in a fully integrated in-car computer and video system at less than the cost of stand-alone analog LPR products.
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 officerís 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.
Enter ELSA (Enabling Language Services Anywhere). Created specifically to support hands-free access to OPI services, ELSA is a compact, body-worn device not much larger than a mobile phone that offers immediate access to OPI providers with the push of a single button.
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.
NICE Investigate automates the entire digital investigation process, leading to more effective evidence processing and facilitating successful prosecutions
NICE Investigate, a new digital policing solution from NICE Systems, breaks down information silos and replaces lengthy, manual processes with automated workflows to expedite the entire digital investigation process... NICE Investigate streamlines the collection, organization, and sharing of potential evidence so investigators can make sense of disparate data.
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...
Norfolk, Virginia, PD is the first East Coast agency using the LexisNexis Citizen Crime Reporting system to enhance community policing capabilities and enable citizens to purchase their reports, while reducing administrative costs
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.
Real-world emergency response, real-time data needs creating shift in mobility strategies - learn how to build a cohesive end-to-end mobile solution with these simple steps - without having to abandon all of your current hardware or software in the process
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.
I was a cop‚Ä¶. I was in the military‚Ä¶ I can be a PI right? Negative, headquarters; that is not always the case. Career or Concern - what public safety personnel need to know about the difference.
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 worldís 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.
Pitt County, North Carolina has strived to implement the best tools to analyze crime, deploy resources, and protect their community. Pitt County uses OSSI as their records management system (RMS). In order to implement an Esri based GIS toolset that allowed them to easily leverage their existing GIS data and their OSSI RMS, the county selected GTG's applications, Vantage Points PSA Crimes and Vantage Points 360.
In response to criminals using Craigslist to attract victims, a number of police departments around the country have designated "safe exchange zones" in the well-lit parking lots or even lobbies of their police station, where people to meet and sell their goods in a relatively safe environment.
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.
Rolling Meadows PD Partners with P.A.A.R.I. to Create Gloucester-Style "Second Chance" Addiction Initiative
Those who come into the police station looking for help are encouraged to bring in their drugs and paraphernalia. They will not be charged. Instead they will immediately be placed into a free drug treatment program. "The Rolling Meadows Police Department is proud to be the newest member of P.A.A.R.I. and its membership of police departments and resources that are committed to helping those who are fighting addiction," Chief Scanlan said.
RTT Mobile's ELSA Named Technology of the Year by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
RTT Mobile Interpretation is proud to announce that its hands-free, mobile interpretation device ELSA (Enabling Language Service Anywhere) has been recognized as the 2014 "Technology of the Year" by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). The award is sponsored by the international telecommunications equipment company Harris Corporation and is presented to organizations who are strong advocates of technology that benefits law enforcement and public safety.
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.
San Mateo California Sheriff's Office Internet of Public Safety Things Project receives the 2016 IJIS Institute Innovation Award
The IJIS Institute - a nonprofit organization focused on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security - is pleased to announce the San Mateo California Sheriff's Office Internet of Public Safety Things project as the recipient of the 2016 IJIS Institute Innovation Award. The award celebrates the accomplishments of the Sheriff's Office along with industry partners, Mutualink and Intel. The award, sponsored by Engility Corporation, was presented at the...
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.
This 15 minute video contains considerable information regarding PTSD and Suicide in these professions. Serve & Protect is pleased to provide it free for use in your training sessions. Our goal is to help those who serve our communities. Share it with others in these professions too.
Drawing upon the same concepts and necessities that brought automated fire alarms to public schools and buildings in the 1940s, Guardian's well-researched system uses a state-of-the art audio and infrared sensor network to instantly detect the location of a gunshot inside of a building and immediately alert corporate security officials, first responders and building occupants.
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.
Over the years, Land Mobile Radios (LMR) and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Systems have been designed and adapted to meet the unique needs of public safety users. While these systems will remain as critical tools for public safety personnel, it is important that agencies select the applications that deploy to seamlessly integrate with existing LMR and CAD systems. Islands of information created by separate or poorly integrated tools can create a lack of coordination, inefficiency and actually...
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?
Since 2007, as part of a public-private partnership focused on community safety and quality of life solutions, security company Andrews International (AI), an affiliate of U.S. Security Associates, has operated a Community Assisted Problem Solving (CAPS) program in some of L.A.‚Äôs most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Through the program, CAPS officers provide private policing and problem resolution that effectively bridges the gap between law enforcement and the community.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced that the South Milwaukee (WI) Police Department has deployed LexisNexis Police Reports. The solution provides a means for commercial entities, such as insurance agencies and law firms, to obtain accident reports electronically through an automated platform. The new service will drive internal efficiencies and ultimately improve service to the citizens of South Milwaukee.
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.
Motorola Solutions‚Äô Intelligence-Led Public Safety solutions will help St. Louis Police identify and distribute incident-relevant information to first responders in the field...
StarChase, LLC, a law enforcement technology provider, has announced a partnership with Midwest Public Risk (MPR), a not-for-profit, public entity risk pool, representing the interests of over 160 public entities throughout Missouri and Kansas. Through this exclusive, cost-savings partnership, MPR members can integrate the StarChase Pursuit Management Technology solution at a reduced rate. The technology provides agencies with a significant tactical advantage while mitigating the risks...
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.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) has chosen to move forward with MCM Technology‚Äôs CommSHOP 360¬ļ solution to track, manage, and maintain all communications assets, infrastructure, and vehicles within their organization. Headquartered in Austin, TxDPS is responsible for statewide law enforcement and vehicle regulation in the State of Texas.
"Coptimus Prime," the New Braunfels PD's new asset seizure Corvette, makes official debut in today's Comal County Fair Parade in New Braunfels, Texas. The 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, with after-market modifications for racing, was seized during a large methamphetamine raid in June of 2011
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 Eís of traffic safety - Enforcement, Engineering, Education and Emergency Medical Services.
Once found principally in large cities, violent street gangs now affect public safety, community image, and quality of life in communities of all sizes in urban, suburban, and rural areas. No region of the United States is untouched by gangs...
The ongoing crisis faced by law enforcement across the United States and internationally concerning gang activity centers around criminal activity perpetrated by gang members that are well structured and organized. They are motivated by profit from violent crimes and burglaries as well as from trafficking in illegal controlled substances.
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...
The San Francisco Police department had a new specialty vehicle in their fleet roster: an ATV that converts to a jetski and can traverse across land and sea ‚Äď a valuable vehicle to have in a city surrounded on three sides by water. The vehicle, one of three such units the city acquired last October, cost a reported $50,000 each - but taxpayers need not worry - the quadski was a gift, donated from Marc Benioff, the CEO of San Francisco-based Salesforce, a cloud computing and Customer...
In order to stop suspicious-looking drones from flying into restricted airspace near government buildings, Tokyo‚Äôs Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Japan hopes to use its own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to snare these rogue drones.
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.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, awarded $500,000 to a joint effort of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice to convene a youth and law enforcement roundtable and to develop an institute for disseminating best practices and sharing new approaches on issues of juvenile justice.
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.
In this new video, Dubai police show off their impressive collection of high end sports cars.
Within seconds of the officer arriving to help the man, lightning struck near the two...
A Lincoln County (OR) Sheriff Deputy's dashcam video shows the deputy rescuing a small child running straight towards his patrol car on a busy Oregon highway - just seconds before a semi-truck speeds by the pair
-via Richmond (TX) Police and PoliceOne.com: A video released by the Richmond Police Department captures an officer pulling a woman from railroad tracks moments before a train speeds by.
We‚Äôve got a bad feeling about this. This dashcam video was released by the Fulshear Police Department in Fort Bend County, Texas, showing one of their officers in an unusual close encounter with characters from the STAR WARS universe...
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.
VIEVU Integrates Net Transcripts Transcription Services into VERIPATROL Video Evidence Management System
VIEVU, a leader in body worn video (BWV) for law enforcement, security, and emergency responders, announced a partnership with Net Transcripts that will integrate transcription and translation service into VERIPATROL, its highly secure video evidence management software, to provide rapid and cost effective transcription from video evidence collected in the field for later use in the courtroom.
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 IJIS Institute - a nonprofit organization focused on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security - is pleased to announce the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department MPD Aware project as the recipient of the IJIS Institute Innovation Award. The award celebrates the accomplishments of the police department along with MPD Aware industry partners, Microsoft and Esri.
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 womanís 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.
Public safety agencies across Wyoming that use Spillman Technologies' software solutions gained access to three new products after a statewide purchase proposed by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP). Agencies will streamline data entry processes using Spillman's Report Beam Crash and XML Citations interfaces, while also increasing data-sharing capabilities through Spillman's InSight data sharing module.