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Connecting Smartphones To a Police Radio Network

Connecting Smartphones To a Police Radio Network

Raytheon has developed one of the nation's first strictly IP-based interoperable dispatch systems supporting smartphones and tablets working with Twisted Pair Solutions, a Seattle-based provider of mission-critical solutions for secure, real-time communication.

August 15, 2013

Maximizing P25 Spectrum

Maximizing P25 Spectrum

The APCO Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 standard is now ready for critical communications users. This further advancement of P25 was intended to improve upon the digital public safety radio communications standards used by first-responders, homeland security, emergency response professionals, and other agencies.

February 15, 2013

Is Voice Recognition Ready for Prime Time Policing?

Is Voice Recognition Ready for Prime Time Policing?

If I were working a patrol shift, hands-free computing could be a lifesaver. I could be driving to a call for service with both hands on the wheel and retrieving (via voice command) critical dispatch information from my mobile computer.

February 5, 2013

Honoring the Sandy Hook Shooting Responders

In the aftermath of this tragedy, let's all take the opportunity to commit ourselves to being the best trained officers we can. We should train for these scenarios like they really could happen on our watch.

December 14, 2012

Next-Gen 911: Technology Behind a 911 Call

Next-Gen 911: Technology Behind a 911 Call

Next-gen 911 (or enhanced 911) will enable calls, text messaging, and even video from mobile devices to be sent to the dispatch center, which is also known as the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

December 12, 2012

Calif. Sheriff Enlists Surveillance Plane

Calif. Sheriff Enlists Surveillance Plane

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has begun using a Cessna aircraft outfitted with state-of-the-art surveillance gear that feeds streaming images to deputies on the ground.

August 28, 2012

Trauma Care on the Front Lines of Patrol

Trauma Care on the Front Lines of Patrol

North American Rescue's combat medical training provides police first responders with basic focused training on applying pressure dressings, tourniquets, haemostatic agents, control hypothermia, as well as how to reduce tension pneumothorax.

November 11, 2011

Practical Tactical Thinking

As you gain more experience, you'll gain a patrol sixth sense that's not available on the internet with shipping and handling added. It's something that develops, and those who have it never quit developing it.

November 9, 2011

Next-Gen 911: Call Center of the Future

Next-Gen 911: Call Center of the Future

Next-generation 911 (NG 911) is a term that refers to the transition in public safety to broadband technology and multimedia-enabled operations that will enhance 911 capabilities for call centers and first responders. NG 911 relies on the implementation of an Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet) that lets a person send video, voice and text "calls" to a call center during an emergency.

November 2, 2011

Interoperability: 10 Years Too Long

Interoperability: 10 Years Too Long

Regardless of the finer details, the fact remains that Americans and public safety agencies have waited far too long for an interoperable public safety broadband network. Now — not next year or the one after — is the time for Congress to lay aside differences and stand behind the more than 2 million first responders who serve this country.

July 1, 2011

Joplin: A Tornado Tests Your Preparedness

Joplin: A Tornado Tests Your Preparedness

Joplin will rise from the ripped trees and flattened devastation as a more modern, more energetic, and more proud community. And, I wonder, will you take the time to make your own bug-out bag, buy that generator, and be prepared if it happens to you?

May 26, 2011

Public Safety Interoperability Requires a Neutral Party

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, as well as the ongoing nuclear power plant malfunctions there, serves as a grim reminder that similar disasters can occur here in the U.S. We need to better equip police officers, firefighters and other public safety personnel, so they can respond immediately and cohesively to emergency situations.

March 18, 2011

Urban Shield: Debriefing the Teams

Urban Shield: Debriefing the Teams

SWAT competitions give the teams an opportunity to compete against other tactical teams in events designed to test their competency and mettle. Among the many excellent SWAT competitions to choose from, Urban Shield's "full-scale exercise" format is widely considered the most realistically challenging.

November 3, 2010

Urban Shield: Planning and Logistics

Urban Shield: Planning and Logistics

I refer to Urban Shield as a "gruelathon," and this year proved even tougher than 2009. Although there are a number of outstanding SWAT competitions throughout America, I can think of none more realistic, encompassing, massive and demanding than Urban Shield.

October 26, 2010

Wearing a High-Visibility Vest May Save Your Life

Wearing a High-Visibility Vest May Save Your Life

I know what it's like to have to get out and work a traffic accident; it only takes a few seconds to don this vest. There are still some officers who resist wearing the vest and try to trump up the circumstances to exempt themselves. You're only endangering yourself by doing this.

October 5, 2010

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