Wis. emergency center offers multi-view monitor, specialty mapping | Texas teen arrested for abuse of 9-1-1 | NYPD body camera program faces hurdles
April 18, 2017
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Wis. emergency center offers multi-view monitor, specialty mapping
A new State Emergency Operations Center in Wisconsin has a specialty mapping service so staff can use aerial imagery to map out post-storm damage and see where help is needed. It also has a large video monitor that allows up to four different views at once, including live television reports and images from drones.
WKOW-TV (Madison, Wis.) (4/17) 
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Texas teen arrested for abuse of 9-1-1
A teenager in Brownwood, Texas, has been arrested for abusing the local 9-1-1 service. After the teen was located, he continued to make calls to police during a short foot chase, for a total of 16 calls.
KTXS-TV (Abilene, Texas) (4/17) 
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Policy Pulse
NYPD body camera program faces hurdles
Challenges by civil liberties lawyers and police unions could delay a pilot program for New York City police officers to wear body cameras. Lawyers see shortcomings in policies on camera use, while unions representing captains, lieutenants and detectives want negotiations on supervisors' extra responsibilities under the program.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/16) 
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Md. law will allow first responders to resuscitate pets
A bill expected to be signed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will explicitly allow first responders to provide emergency medical care to animals, including the emergency overdose drug naloxone, without fear of prosecution. The new law would exempt first responders in emergency situations from a state law that forbids giving medical care to animals without a veterinary license.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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Innovation Insights
Text-to-9-1-1 coming to Ore. city in time for solar-eclipse crowd
Prineville, Ore., approved a software upgrade to the 9-1-1 communications system, allowing text-to-9-1-1, as well as new radio equipment for the dispatch center. The changes will be made before a solar eclipse on Aug. 21, when more than 100,000 people are expected to visit the Crook County area.
The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.) (4/16) 
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N.C. students draft best practices for law enforcement drone use
As North Carolina law enforcement agencies look into drone use, an aviation technology group at North Carolina State University is creating best practices. For example, the NextGen Air Transportation Consortium is advising agencies to set policies on hobbyists who fly drones that could interfere with law enforcement drones.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (4/14) 
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