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Foster City PD’s Mannequin Challenge

“The Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded. the Foster City Police Department in California’s Bay Area recently created its own Mannequin Challenge video and posted it to several online video services..."  Read more...



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You’re Not Listening: Issues on Public Safety Radio Monitoring

by Barry Furey
The monitoring of public safety communications has long been a pastime for many... Live Internet streaming of broadcast feeds now brings emergencies worldwide into the home. Encryption of radio frequencies is not universally endorsed, but it sure does put a crimp on listening. Critics say it interferes with the concept of citizen involvement and community policing, but advocates cite the need for officer safety..[continue reading]


9-1-1 Dispatch Technology Lagging - And Susceptible to Hacking

by Bill Culhane, BidPrime 
The United States is experiencing a dispatch technology, computer-aided dispatch, and Next Generation 9-1-1 crisis. Be assured, that isn't merely our opinion. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reported that to Congress earlier this year. According to Wheeler, "Public safety, as embodied by 9-1-1, is dangerously close to a crisis as the digital world passes it by—21st Century lifesaving is being blocked by 20th Century technology...”  [continue reading]

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Operational Interoperability

This article was written in the far younger age of 2006 and published in our April issue of that year, as we approached the fifth anniversary of public safety’s darkest day. The term "operational interoperability" is one I have favored for many years, as it evokes more than just technological innovation, as I explain below. Another ten-and-a-half years have passed, and we’re still struggling with technological and operational concerns when it comes to different entities being able to communicate during large incidents.    [Read more]




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