Mo. city, county handle 9-1-1 calls after dispatchers laid off | Ky. 9-1-1 dispatchers minimize disruption from power outage | Ill. city renews dispatcher contracts as consolidation looms
May 17, 2018
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Mo. city, county handle 9-1-1 calls after dispatchers laid off
Winona, Mo.'s two full-time dispatchers were let go last week because of funding problems, and the city and Shannon County will dispatch emergency calls for the time being. During the day, calls will go straight to a police officer on duty, and at night, the Shannon County Sheriff's Office will take the calls and dispatch them to a Winona police officer.
KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (5/14) 
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Ky. 9-1-1 dispatchers minimize disruption from power outage
The Lexington, Ky., Emergency Operations Center lost power for 16 minutes during routine maintenance, but dispatchers were able to use backup radios to communicate with first responders after two minutes. E-9-1-1 Director Robert Stack promptly sent half of the dispatchers and operators to a backup center in police headquarters.
U.S. News & World Report (5/14) 
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Ill. city renews dispatcher contracts as consolidation looms
Highland, Ill., has signed new one-year contracts with police dispatchers, although a neighboring county recently filed a complaint stating keeping the dispatchers may not be in line with the state's mandate that 9-1-1 call centers consolidate. Madison County, which contains Highland, will close seven call centers, and Highland plans to give its dispatchers other duties when it consolidates with the Collinsville, Ill., dispatch facility.
Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.) (5/14) 
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Policy Pulse
NYPD can't release bodycam videos to public for now, judge says
A temporary order bars the New York Police Department from releasing body camera footage to the public until a panel of judges decides on a police union's appeal to have the videos classified as personnel records. Current policy allows the commissioner to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to release footage.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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NYPD reviews marijuana enforcement policy for racial bias
Commissioner James O'Neill of the New York Police Department has announced a working group to examine the city's marijuana enforcement policy, with the goal of eliminating racial disparities in arrests. In 2017, 86% of people arrested for low-level marijuana possession in the city were black or Hispanic.
Observer (5/15) 
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Innovation Insights
Dubuque, Iowa, eyes linked camera systems in emergency response
Iowa's Dubuque County, along with the city of Dubuque and the Dubuque school system are looking into connecting their video camera systems to assist first responders in emergency situations. Officials will perform tests and then draft a proposal.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)/The Associated Press (5/16) 
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