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January 2012

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.

Beaver County, Pennsylvania, 9-1-1 Center Becomes Model for Emergency Services through Pelco Digital Sentry

At the time of a bomb threat in 2007, the Beaver County, Pennsylvania, 9-1-1 center was not yet equipped with Pelco technology. Although the threat ultimately was determined to be a hoax, if a similar situation arose today, emergency personnel would have the tools to tap into surveillance cameras throughout the county using the 9-1-1 center’s Pelco Digital Sentry video security platform.

“With the capability of plugging into other systems, this is going to be the way of the future for 9-1-1 centers: Not to be monitoring, but if there’s an incident, to get information for responders,” said Wes Hill, the emergency services director for the county.

Hill said the 9-1-1 center’s new Pelco Digital Sentry video security platform has already proven to be helpful with the ability to keep a camera eye on bridges.

“The system has allowed us to reach out further than just inside our operation,” he said.

Within months of installation, the Pelco video security recordings had already helped police to verify a suspect with a weapon in an attack and to investigate a car crash.

At the core of the new digital sentry is the brand new DSSRV Network Video Recorder, powered by the latest processor and on-board graphics technologies. The new system can be deployed with the capability for recording and viewing as many as 128 cameras or encoders and with ample processing power for recording and viewing cameras.

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Des Plaines, Illinois, Selects Devices from All Traffic Solutions

The recent purchase of traffic safety equipment from All Traffic Solutions by the Des Plaines, Illinois, Police Department was based on the company’s ability to offer products with features that addressed the department’s needs.

With the near elimination of its traffic unit because of budget cuts, Des Plaines police were compelled to find new ways to resolve traffic complaints by using shrinking resources more creatively while being more efficient and effective.

“After research and receipt of several quotes, we have chosen products manufactured by All Traffic Solutions for a number of reasons,” said Des Plaines Deputy Chief Angela Burton. “First, they have a successful history of innovation in traffic control equipment. Their devices are battery operated and portable, giving us great flexibility to move units throughout the city in response to requests for service. Additionally, they have developed the first variable message sign with Bluetooth capabilities. Most importantly, All Traffic Solutions’s SmartApps web-enabled technology allows us to capture data and manage the signs remotely.”

In a letter to her department’s chief, Burton wrote, “It should be noted that because of the superior technology All Traffic Solutions offers, there are no current competitors that match the same type of product features. They are the only vendor who can provide the solution to our traffic safety program challenges and achieve better results.”

All Traffic Solutions is committed to developing solutions that leverage the latest technology for the management of traffic safety equipment and for the collection and the aggregation of traffic-related data.

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Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department Benefits from NEARme Proactive Policing Mobile App

NEARme, from the Omega Group, is a proactive policing mobile application designed to deliver dynamic, proximity-based crime correlation services to patrol officers. The goal is to optimize patrol-based strategies for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.

Available for the iPhone, the iPad, and for Android smartphones and tablets, the NEARme app uses the GPS signal of the device to present an officer-centered, interactive map display on which incident activity, persons-of-interest, and other relevant data within a specific proximity of an officer’s current location can be viewed.

“Officers equipped with this technology will collect more information and intelligence in the field, arrest more wanted persons, and make more contacts with parolees and registered sex offenders,” said Thomas K. Casady, director of public safety for the Lincoln, Nebraska, Police Department.

The app handles calls for service, crimes, warrants, citations, parolees, probationers, gang members, sex offenders, tips, field interviews, and arrests. It also allows agencies to broadcast current officer locations, display mug shots and building street views, plan patrol tactics and objectives, enter data and updates, and integrate with CrimeView Dashboard.

Benefits of the app include the identification of activity, persons, and other information of interest around current officer locations for improved operational intelligence; the enhancement of officer safety and the improvement of deconfliction; an increase in situational awareness; the ability to address multiple crime priorities on a single patrol; more efficient officer reporting processes; and the furnishing of an integrated enterprise platform for proactive policing methodologies.

Unprecedented challenges initiated by municipal budgetary woes in concert with increasing costs of doing police business demand new approaches to achieving maximum effectiveness and efficiency. NEARme supports the optimal allocation of a department’s most critical resource—officers on the street—to achieve more arrests, more warrants served, and more policing wins for less cost. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 79, no. 1, January 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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