public safety

Election officials say safety threats may drive away poll workers

Three out of five administrators in a new study said they worried that threats, harassment and intimidation would make it harder to recruit new workers. Officials nationwide back that up.

FirstNet should be reauthorized before it sunsets, GAO says

Any significant changes to the public safety broadband network would be complex, expensive and may disrupt services delivery if the contract with AT&T is interrupted or changed before 2042, GAO warned.

Can chatbots make reporting suspicious activity easier?

Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will work with Sarpy County to develop a chatbot that walks users through identifying and reporting suspicious activity.

Protecting 911 from unwanted robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission is looking into preventing unwanted robocalls from tying up public safety phone systems, diverting critical responder resources from emergency services and impeding the public’s access to emergency lines.

GAO: Justice needs better use-of-force data

The Department of Justice has work to do on collecting and reporting use-of-force data from the nation’s law enforcement agencies.

Idaho State Police upgrade crime dashboard

Users can explore maps and charts of crime data from 2005 to 2020, sorting by district, offense and year.

Escondido police enlist app for collecting racial identity data

The California police department is using Veritone’s Contact app to streamline the collection of perceived demographic data on individuals stopped by officers.

Medical response app for mass casualty incidents

The Resource Information Tracking and Medical Communications Application will not only allow clinicians and local responders to chat and videoconference, but it will also create a common operating picture for officials managing a disaster.

Glendale builds schedule optimizer for its police department

The city worked with Arizona State University to develop SmartBeats, a scheduling tool that optimizes the police department’s efficiency.

The concrete effects of body cameras on police accountability

The implementation of body camera technology has had a substantive effect on investigations of police accountability and have helped reduce racial bias against citizen complainants.

Prepping responders for automated vehicles

A new report proposes a curriculum for helping first responders, police and crash scene investigators understand rapidly changing automated vehicle technology.

Public safety collaboration platform gets DHS investment

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has awarded Mobility 4 Public Safety $1.5 million to advance its secure messaging and collaboration tool for first responders.

Keeping tabs on responders’ mental health

After responding to more than double the typical number of deaths in the past 18 months, the Harris County, Texas, Northwest Volunteer Fire Department began using a cloud-based employee behavior and performance tool to more easily track and follow up with responders attending to critical incidents.

FirstNet to be deployed at 15 Air Force bases

The public safety network will provide secure and interoperable communications between Air Force first responders and the local public safety organizations.

Nevada adds dashcam data to digital twin of work zone traffic

By incorporating Nexar’s dashcam data into its Esri-based digital twin platform, the Southern Nevada Regional Transit Commission aims reduce traffic congestion around work zones and improve safety.

Challenge seeks mobile fingerprint capture tech for responders

The Mobile Fingerprinting Innovation Technology Challenge aims to inspire the development of commercial and open source applications and hardware accessories that will allow law enforcement officers capture high-quality fingerprints with a mobile device.

FirstNet posts resource guide for emergency managers

A new report guides public-safety emergency managers through the features and functions of the dedicated nationwide wireless broadband network.