FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

DrugTest 5000 - Draeger Safety Diagnostics Inc
In the past, roadside drug screening has been difficult because it involved the...

Exclusive Webinar!

Originally aired: June 17, 2014  ‚óŹ 2PM EST

View Webinar Archive Here

Integrated Law Enforcement Complements and Completes Law Enforcement Capabilities

Discover how the combination of intelligence analysis, lead generation, agency collaboration, and communications integration can help you uncover issues faster and take action sooner. Learn how innovative IBM law enforcement solutions can extend the capabilities within your organization to deal with new and emerging threats, improve officer safety, reduce criminal activity, and protect the public. 

Join IBM industry expert Stephen Dalzell and members from the MDPD, IT and homeland security departments of the Miami Dade police department to hear more!

Click here to view archive


Departments : First Look

Critical Incident Intel

When something really bad is going down, GEOCommand can provide you with key information that can save lives.

December 01, 2007  |  by - Also by this author

It's the call that every patrol supervisor dreads. Dispatch has sent you a "shots fired" call. People are down. You have an active shooter on your hands.

The location is an industrial plant. You don't know exactly what they do there, but you know that they use some nasty toxic stuff to do it. And now you and your officers have to enter this place and engage an unstable gunman.

Right now, you would sell your right arm for a floorplan and some information about what exactly is in use in the building. After all, you don't want to order your people into a hazardous material zone without the proper protection.

Fortunately, you don't have to sell your right arm. A company called GEOCommand has created a software program that can supply you with vital information on key buildings in your jurisdiction, including floorplans and the presence of wicked little surprises like hazardous materials.

GEOCommand is essentially a geographic information system (GIS) tool that was designed to give first responders valuable intel about any location in their area of operation. In the active shooter scenario above, if the patrol supervisor had GEOCommand on his mobile computer, then he would have access to floorplans, elevator and power supply locations, hazardous material inventories with safety instructions, information on the nearest hospitals, and other critical intel. He could also relay this information to any number of responding units.

Michael Rand, marketing director for GEOCommand, says the product was developed as a resource for firefighters working at federal laboratories, and it has grown into a tool for all first responders. "We see GEOCommand as an excellent resource for SWAT and other law enforcement operations," he says.

GEOCommand can be integrated with your existing computer-aided dispatch system. This means that incident commanders can use it not only to gain valuable intel on the building that their officers must operate in, but also to allocate resources to respond to that incident.

One of the best features of GEOCommand is that it allows local officers to create their own building pre-plans. For example, with the growing concerns over campus active shooters and terrorist attacks on schools and universities, an agency could use GEOCommand to create detailed profiles on all campus buildings in its jurisdiction and relay that information to responders over their mobile computers as they speed toward an incident. Such intel could save time and lives.

"You don't have to be a GIS specialist to add your own preplans in GEOCommand," says Rand. "It's easy to use and all of the capability that you need is built into the product." Need FREEInfo? Use #22301.

Request more info about this product / service / company

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent Stories

Computerizing K-9 Search-and-Rescue
Some volunteer K-9 search-and-rescue groups rely on cloud-based Mission Manager Incident...
ALPR: Capturing Crime Leads
Automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology allows law enforcement officers to...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine