Austin PD to reroute non-emergency calls over staffing shortages, COVID protocols (TX)

Austin PD to reroute non-emergency calls over staffing shortages, COVID protocols (TX)

By Suzie Ziegler

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department will be changing how it responds to non-emergency calls starting October 1, according to KXAN.

Instead, the department will ask people to call 311 – not 911 – to report crimes that are no longer in progress and if there is no immediate threat to life or property, the report says.

APD officials say the change comes amid staffing challenges and a review of its COVID-19 mitigation protocols. Police Chief Joseph Chacon says he is working to determine if a non-sworn unit could be used in some situations…

Zetron to Address How LMR Companies Are Embracing Public Safety Broadband at IWCE

Zetron, a global leader in integrated mission critical communications technology, today announced that Paul Moskowitz, Vice President, and John Martyn, Senior Product Manager, will present at IWCE 2021: Connecting Critical Communications, taking place September 27-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Zetron’s Moskowitz and Martyn will speak in a session titled “How LMR Companies are Embracing LTE / Public Safety Broadband” on Monday, September 27 at 10:15 a.m. PT at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The IWCE Power Session will examine how LMR (land mobile radio) systems are integral to public safety, and how users’ LMR systems can be enhanced with the integration of LTE. During the session, municipal and government leaders will learn how LMR providers are embracing public safety broadband…

County accepts bid for EMA communications project (KY)

The Hopkins County Fiscal Court accepted a $277,899 bid this week from VEI Communications to work on a project for the county EMA.

Hopkins County EMA Director Nick Bailey said the project will make improvements for the public safety radio system that all the first responders in the county use. The improvement will be focusing on Mortons Gap and the southern Hopkins County area working off the tower that is in the city to bring a fourth system location in the county.

According to Bailey, the system went live in 2015…

Letter: From deep stress to soaring morale, dispatchers thank supporters (MA)

Letter: From deep stress to soaring morale, dispatchers thank supporters (MA)

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On September 20, 2021, the Ipswich Select Board voted unanimously to reject joining the North Shore Regional 911 center which would have closed our local 911 Communications Center.

We understand it is the job of the Town Manager and the select board to look at every avenue in the best interest of the town, and to do their due diligence to come to the best decision therein.

We thank the select board for giving everybody a voice and are extremely thankful that after weeks of fact finding, they decided to keep our local communications center open and operational.

EDITORIAL: More work is needed at Meriden’s Emergency Communications Center (CT)

EDITORIAL: More work is needed at Meriden’s Emergency Communications Center (CT)

First things first, as they say. It’s important to recognize the significance of the recently announced $4.8 million expansion of Meriden’s Emergency Communications Center. Thanks to $4 million from the state, the city will be able to move the center from police department headquarters on West Main Street to a new building behind the Pratt Street fire station. An empty lot owned by the city on Benjamin Street will become a parking lot.

If the City Council approves, with an expected $782,000 from Meriden for the project, the investment ought to pay off.

It’s hard to find disagreement with the move. Mayor Kevin Scarpati called the current situation “a less than ideal setting.” Fire Chief Ken Morgan said it had been “a long time coming.” Police Chief Roberto Rosado said the emergency center had outgrown its place at police headquarters…

City of Chattanooga, TN Deploys Genetec Security Center and Stratocast in Public-Private Policing

City of Chattanooga, TN Deploys Genetec Security Center and Stratocast in Public-Private Policing

Montreal, Sept. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, has deployed its Security Center unified platform to enable the City of Chattanooga’s ‘Dragonfly Community Connect,’ a public-private policing initiative to enhance public safety in the Tennessee community.

Through the initiative, when calls come into the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) to report a crime, the Real-Time Intelligence Center (RTIC) can check with participating businesses in the area to see if they are able to share video from their security cameras…