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August 2013

Where do the good ideas come from? In this column, we offer our readers the opportunity to learn about — and benefit from — some of the cutting-edge technologies being implemented by law enforcement colleagues around the world.

CDP’s Facebook site highlights first responder training, networking opportunities

The Center for Domestic Preparedness’ new Facebook site offers a unique venue where first responders can learn about fully funded training opportunities, read former students’ reviews, and connect with their peers across the United States.

The CDP’s primary mission is to train state, local, and tribal emergency response providers. A popular aspect of the courses is the hands-on training with a multi-disciplined audience. In addition, the CDP is the only civilian facility that trains with toxic chemical and live biological agents.

“We make it mandatory that every officer or deputy selected to be on the CDT has to attend the CDP training courses on Field Force Operations and Field Force Extrication Tactics at least once, preferably within a year of being appointed to the team," said Dave Jeseritz, assistant chief of police for the Helena Police Department.

The CDP’s facebook site will include announcements and information about upcoming courses and class seat availability; profiles on the more than 200 instructors; profiles on the students; and feedback from the students.

“The CDP has trained more than 100,000 students in our resident courses,” said CDP superintendent James E. Smith. “Most of our students tell us that they learn about the center by word of mouth. Launching our Facebook site takes that to a new level. This site is a great venue for the CDP staff to share information about training opportunities and for students to share their experiences while training here. It’s a great collaborative effort and will result in a lot of cross talk and networking within the emergency responder communities.”

The website,, officially launched April 15.

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Greensboro Police Department Is Now Part of

The Greensboro, North Carolina, Police Department went live on March 25 with in an effort to proactively share information with the public.

The website allows residents to see a map of recent crime activity near a user specified address. They can also select crime types, date ranges, generate reports, and receive free crime alerts.

The Greensboro Police Department now provides a new level of transparency for the residents it serves. Crime prevention officers can use the map at community meetings to provide reliable crime information and encourage citizens to report offenses. has been proven effective in reducing crime in other local communities by increasing the number of eyes and ears that are aware of local activity.

Greensboro Police Department encourages citizens to partner with them by increasing awareness in their neighborhoods by using this proactive tool.

“Providing this program to the public gives our residents, business owners, and visitors great visibility over violent crimes, property crimes, and quality of life crimes in every block of our city. It is our hope that community members who are better informed will be more engaged in partnering with us to fight crime,” said Greensboro Chief of Police Ken Miller.

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Three Texas Agencies Adopt New CAD, RMS, and Mobile Software from Spillman Technologies

Three agencies in Texas have purchased Spillman CAD, RMS, and Mobile Software for their tight integration and searching capabilities. The Lampasas Sheriff’s Office, the New Braunfels Police Department, and the Greenville Police Department have each purchased Spillman systems for their Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management (RMS), and mobile public safety software systems.

Lieutenant Chuck Starnes of the Greenville Police Department said that the integrated suite would help his agency improve efficiency with improved access to data.

“I think the biggest thing for us is the global nature of the software,” Starnes said. “You take a call in CAD, and then that info is immediately available to the officer responding. In a real-time sense, Spillman is something that is going to improve processes.”

At the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department, Jail Administrator Cathy Groothoff mentioned that Spillman offered them what they had been looking for with a public safety software system that featured robust searching capabilities and the ability to see connections between records.

“One of [Sheriff David Whitis’] main concerns in looking at software was record searching, person, property, or otherwise, and not being able to tie all those features together. [The Spillman system] is extensive, and the search engine is great, and we are quite excited about getting it in place.”

At the New Braunfels Police Department, Captain John McDonald agreed that Spillman will help his department with easy access to records.

“We liked the availability to have a lot of information available to our staff,” said Captain McDonald. “Giving them that information will also give them the power to better do their jobs. We are excited about having a partnership with Spillman to further enhance our policing capabilities.” ♦

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXX, no. 8, August 2013. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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