Arlington auditor abandons study of sheriff’s-office overtime (VA)

On second thought . . . well, never mind.

The Arlington County government auditor, Chris Horton, has received permission to abandon an in-progress look at overtime costs at the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office.

The audit began prior to the pandemic, and with its arrival in March 2020, “I had to pivot into some other directions,” Horton told County Board members on June 15… READ MORE

River Rouge police dispatcher says she was fired after racial harassment (MI)

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (FOX 2) – “I felt uncomfortable, I am already frightened to go to work,” Felicia Beard said. “I was already intimidated.”

Felicia Beard worked for the River Rouge Police Department for 17 years, but the 911 dispatcher says the racism, harassment and inappropriate behavior by officers eventually became unbearable.

“This officer would disrespect me, he would swear at me,” she said. “And it really got nasty, when he called me ‘Aunt Jemima’ that’s a very racial remark.”

Beard says she reported the many incidents to her director, but when nothing was done, she then began documenting how she was being treated… READ MORE

Lexington County enhances 9-1-1 services and emergency notification with Smart911 (SC)

Lexington, SC 06/16/2021 – Emergency Service officials in Lexington County have announced that Smart911 is now available to all individuals. Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals and families to sign up online to provide key information to County 9-1-1 call takers during an emergency.

“Smart911saves critical time in an emergency and has proven to save lives nationwide,” said David Kerr, Director of Lexington County’s Department of Emergency Services, “The additional information provided in a Smart911 Safety Profile enables emergency responders to know exactly where they are going and who they are looking for when they arrive at the scene of the emergency, those details can help responders arrive more quickly and perform their duties more safely… READ MORE

‘What if it had been me?’: Man tries Durham 911 call center three times — all go unanswered (NC)

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — A Raleigh man tried to call 9-1-1 three times on his way into Durham Wednesday when he came upon a wreck but couldn’t get through to anyone.

Josh Privette said he was headed to dinner on Highway 70 and saw a car stopped that had its airbags out so he knew the person needed medical attention.

He pulled over, checked with the driver who was conscious but still called 9-1-1 and tried three times but got no answers. He said someone on the scene thankfully had already called 9-1-1 and gotten through… READ MORE

New technology allows first responders to listen in on 911 calls (NV)

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Nevada to deploy Live911 technology.

Developed by Higher Ground, Live911 allows first responders to hear the 911 calls as they are being answered by dispatchers in real-time.

This software livestreams 9-1-1 calls directly to the officers in the field via their in-car computers to allow for a quicker response time, more information for the responding deputy to have before arrival, and it provides precise GPS location of the caller… READ MORE