The Dallas County, Ala., E-9-1-1 center and the sheriff's department are encouraging people to register their cellphones and landlines on the Smart9-1-1 website to help improve response times. "It's a good program. We just need more people to take advantage of it," said Capt. Mike Granthum of the sheriff's department.
A half-cent sales tax implemented in October 2011 has netted more than $41 million for a new public safety center in Edmund, Okla. The center houses police headquarters, the 9-1-1 communication center and emergency management operations.
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FirstNet will be an "innovation platform," with apps and capabilities that cannot be imagined today, said board member Teri Takai. Future technologies may make first responders less reliant on voice calls, Takai said.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has re-introduced legislation promoting body cameras for police officers. The bill would allow departments with body camera programs to get federal aid for equipment and system setup.
Dozens of mobile tablets will be installed in Berkeley County, W.Va., police and emergency vehicles this summer with the goal of improving emergency response coordination. The tablets can instantly receive incident locations and other information from 9-1-1 dispatchers.
Police officers in Kalispell, Mont., will begin wearing body cameras with night-vision, Wi-Fi connectivity, and video that automatically uploads to a wireless server when an officer drives up to the police station. The department hopes the cameras will reduce complaints against officers and help prosecute criminals.