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September 2013 Advances & Applications

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.

COPsync Arms Law Enforcement and Teachers with Technology

COPsync, Inc. operates the largest law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network in the United States. The COPsync system through its COPsync911 module, now enables campuses, government buildings, and businesses to automatically and silently summon law enforcement assistance in the event of a crisis situation.

The COPsync911 emergency alert service enables school personnel to instantly and silently send emergency alerts directly to local law enforcement officers and local agencies with the mere push of a button. The COPsync911 service is expected to reduce school emergency response times by five to seven minutes, since the communication occurs instantly with the five closest patrol cars. The alert is also sent to the cellphones of teachers and administrators at the school.

The service uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to instantly locate and silently send a distress alert from the school to the nearest patrol vehicles and agencies on the COPsync Network. Once the alert is sent, a ‘chat room’ is established among the school, the responding patrol vehicles, and the local law enforcement dispatch office. This enables the school to silently communicate with responding officers and the dispatch office about the nature of the threat, whether it is an active gunman, fire, suspicious person, or other emergency. The chat room includes a link to a diagram of the school.

The COPsync Network also enables officers to report and share actionable mission-critical data in real-time. Officers are also able to obtain instant access to local, state, and federal law enforcement databases. The system eliminates manual processes and increases officer productivity by enabling officers to electronically write tickets, accident reports, DUI forms, arrest forms, and incident and offense reports.

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New “Instant Notification System” App for Bomb Squad Response and Investigation Now Available for Free Download

The app streamlines improvised explosive device (IED) response communication among bomb technicians and improves access to incident information for investigations.

The App designed by the Force Protection product group of Applied Research Associates, was unveiled during the April gathering of the National Bomb Squad Advisory Board (NBSCAB), as well as to representatives from the ATF, FBI, DHS, DoD, and the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). The TSWG IED Instant Notification (INS) App is now available free to all U. S. bomb technicians.

The INS App provides a way for bomb technicians responding to a suspect device or vehicle to share relevant information with fellow bomb squads while en-route or at the incident site. Information can be updated with a few clicks on a smartphone dropdown menu upon resolution of the incident or during ongoing investigations.

“Enabling consistent communication is a challenge that our bomb squads face daily.” said Dr. Ed Bundy, Program Manager for Improvised Device Defeat at the Technical Support Working Group. “The INS App provides bomb technicians the ability to quickly and efficiently share information while remaining focused on their real mission, which is dealing with the device and returning the scene to normalcy. Rather than having to answer their phone in the middle of an incident to field questions, the App makes their smartphone work for them, pushing out relevant information to those who really need it. The day will soon be over where bomb technicians on the East Coast only find out about an incident on the West Coast days later, and only because it made the nightly news.”

There are currently 467 active bomb squads in the United States. TSWG has licensed the INS App for download by every certified Public Safety Bomb Technician and NBSCAB account user. The App is available for download on the Google Play store and on the iPhone. The App allows users to define in what geographic area they receive alerts, over what period of time, with what other squads they want to collaborate (mutual aid with other agencies), and what additional information (event category, event location, instant messaging notes, etc.) they wish to share. INS not only supports the teams directly involved in a response by providing a consistent electronic record of incidents and events, but also notifies the Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS) database, making this information more readily available to investigators nationwide.

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City of Fife, Washington Police Department Selects Tiburon’s Integrated CAD and RMS for Cloud Deployment

Tiburon, Inc., the industry’s leading provider of integrated Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and records management public safety software for on-premises and secure cloud solutions, announces that the City of Fife, Washington, Police Department selected Tiburon to upgrade its current CAD and records management system (RMS) to the multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, cloud-enabled platform –Tiburon’s CAD and RMS.

The City of Fife Police Department selected the secure-cloud deployment model because of the technological, proven security, and cost-saving benefits that are leading many public safety and 9-1-1 agencies worldwide to migrate to the cloud. “We are seeing agencies of all types and sizes benefiting from moving CAD and RMS systems to the cloud, which also falls in line with many U.S. State CIO technology initiatives,” said Kirke Curtis, Vice President of Marketing, Tiburon Inc. “The Annual 2012 State CIO Survey conducted by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) ranked Cloud Computing as their number two top policy and technology priority for 2013.”

The Tiburon cloud solution upgrade includes a 4-position CAD system with 67 Mobiles and 120 RMS users and features interfaces to the State of Washington and APCO Advisor and also includes remote upgrades, services, and training. Fife is a city in Pierce County, Washington and is a suburb of Tacoma. The Fife Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center serves as the primary answering point for all emergency services calls in the cities of Fife, Milton, Buckley, Orting, Eatonville, and Normandy Park – serving a combined population of approximately 37,000 residents. Across these cities, Fife Emergency Communications supports 10 local agencies including law enforcement agencies, fire departments, rescue squads, and an array of other service agencies. ♦

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXX, no. 9, September 2013. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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