Public safety basics: How surveillance cameras evolved from curiosity to ubiquity

PUBLIC SAFETY BASICS — A recent editorial published in State Tech Magazine takes a closer look at how “closed-circuit TV cameras proliferated in the latter portion of the 20th century and are now an integral component of public safety operations in most cities.” Read the full story below. (https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/how-surveillance-cameras-evolved-curiosity-ubiquity) “In a city like New York…

Little boy has craving for McDonald’s, calls 911 for help

MICHIGAN – Earlier this week the Associated Press reported a little boy from Michigan got a craving he couldn’t refuse, and called 911 to request a McDonald’s Happy Meal from authorities. “AP —  5-year-old Michigan boy had a craving for McDonald’s but his grandmother was sleeping so he called 911 and made a request. WZZM-TV…

NIST’s new public-safety tech challenge comes with $2.2 million in prizes

BREAKING NEWS — More than $2 million in prize money will be up for grabs this year, as The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Public Safety Communications (NIST) announced the “Tech to Protect” challenge, which will be hosted during 10 in-person coding events in 10 cities across the country this fall. The challenge hopes…

Five issues PDs must address to harness the potential of NG911 and FirstNet

UNITED STATES — A recent white paper published by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) project has examined the impact of Next Generation 911 systems and the FirstNet wireless broadband network on police and other first responders. The paper outlined five key areas that need addressed by departments as NG911 technology is introduced into the…

NEWSLETTER: What is the 911 SAVES Act, and why is everyone talking about it?

NEWSLETTER: It’s a bill that has everyone in the public safety sector talking, but what exactly is the 911 SAVES Act? Our April newsletter takes a closer look at H.R. 1629, the bipartisan 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act to reclassify 911 call-takers and dispatchers from “Office and Administrative Support Occupations” to “Protective Service Occupations”…

APCO asks members to contact elected officials in support of 911 Saves Act

BREAKING NEWS: The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) is currently asking members – more than 28,000 in total – to contact their U.S. Representatives to support the 911 Saves Act. The bill seeks to correct the federal classification of 9-1-1 professionals by reclassifying them as Protective Service Occupations as opposed to administrative/clerical occupations. APCO…