Tigard mayor proposes 12-member public safety transformation commission (OR)

Tigard’s mayor is moving forward with plans to create a Tigard Public Safety Transformation Commission to consider and act on issues important to the community involving the city’s police department. That commission would research and look at a variety of topics – everything from accountability and transparency to police use of force — before deciding whether to forward the issue to the City Council for final approval.

Mayor Jason Snider said his proposal was the result of five to six weeks of constant communication and questions from the community where the city received more than 200 emails, phone calls and social media posts …

Lyon County Emergency Communications Center seeking upgrade current protocol system (KS)

The Lyon County Emergency Communications Center is looking to help improve emergency call quality through an upgrade to their current system.

During the Lyon County Commission’s weekly action session Thursday morning, LCECC Director Roxanne Van Gundy submitted a request to purchase ProQA Emergency Medical and Emergency Fire online dispatch protocols for the center. According to Van Gundy, every medical call the center processes is done through emergency medical dispatch protocols…

Corvallis city services bills reduced (OR)

Corvallis residents, businesses and nonprofits are seeing lower city services bills this month. The public safety fee included $1.2 million that represented the city’s share of the cost of the countywide 911 emergency dispatch service. But when voters approved a new 911 emergency dispatch service taxing district last November, the city promised to reduce the public safety fee to offset the new income from the district and prevent “double dipping…

‘Text to 911’ service now available in Waynesboro (VA)

WAYNESBORO — The City of Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center is now able to receive 911 emergency calls by text using a technology called Text-2-911.

In a situation where a voice call is not possible, individuals can report an emergency by texting 911, according to a release from the Waynesboro Department of Emergency Management.

Once the 911 dispatcher receives a text, they will be able to respond via text. All major carriers, including T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and their subsidiaries on cell towers that provide service in the city of Waynesboro, support the Text-2-911 feature according to the release… READ MORE

Couple Receives Supervised Probation in Sweetwater Communication Center Crimes (WY)

GREEN RIVER — Robin and Laura Etienne have each received supervised probation and must pay restitution for crimes involving one felony theft count and two misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a credit card while working for the Sweetwater Combined Communications Center.

Robin Etienne served as Director of the SCCC from 2013 to 2018 until his resignation in March of that year. According to court documents, the SCCC joint powers board began an investigation when it found that Etienne’s resignation letter indicated possible criminal activity… READ MORE

Juneau County, Dells receive more than $170000 in grants for 9-1-1 upgrades(WI)

The Juneau County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin Dells Police Department are receiving grants of $102,636.19 and $72,921, respectively, for the implementation of Next-Gen-911 equipment.

“The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) awarded 24 grant projects totaling $2.1 million in federal funding to local public safety answering points (PSAPs) across Wisconsin,” said Andrew Beckett with the Office of Emergency Communications…