public safety

Mobile app aims to reduce work zone-related crashes

Florida is testing the Lane Closure Notification System, which allows highway workers to send notices of traffic changes to navigation services like Waze.

5G’s first applications likely intelligent transportation, public safety

Brandon Branham, assistant city manager and chief technology officer of Peachtree Corners, said 5G opens the door for low-latency use cases.

Outdated technologies a risk for modern public safety

Public safety agencies that deal with complex missions and regional partners need up-to-date technology to effectively defend against cyber threats and streamline operations.

Increasing severity of natural disasters underscores need for technology and preparation

As agencies prep for disaster response, resilient communications and hands-on training with technology and processes are key.

Officers’ smart cards foster transparency, community trust

Police in Alpharetta, Georgia, are testing smart cards that citizens can scan with their mobile devices to access officer-specific contact and case information.

State and local leaders call for overhaul of nation’s 911 system

A group that includes mayors, police chiefs and state officials want to rethink who should respond to calls for help.

Dashboard tracks city’s mental health crisis response

Chicago’s new Data Dashboard focuses on the initial response to 911 calls, outcome and follow-up, while protecting the privacy of those receiving services.

Police are looking to algorithms to predict domestic violence

Law enforcement officers use various tools, from simple questionnaires to algorithms, as a way to prioritize the highest-risk crimes, but it is unclear whether they are effective.

How one city integrated mental health response into 911 dispatch systems

Operators in Austin’s 911 call center can use the computer-aided dispatch system to transfer calls not just to police, fire and emergency medical assistance – but also to mental health care.

When 911 calls require a mental health response

With the number of 911 calls related to mental health on the rise, a pilot in Durham, North Carolina, looks to integrate mental health case management into the city’s computer-aided dispatch system.

State DOT gets new operations center

Nebraska’s new State Operations Center will provide motorists with more timely information on travel conditions.

Mayors endorse emerging technologies at annual conference

City leaders staked out positions related to drones, public safety, broadband, renewable energy, blockchain technology and more at their 90th annual conference.

For mental crises, send a pro not the police?

Evidence from a pilot program in Denver suggests that providing mental health support for nonviolent emergencies can help reduce crime and save money.

NIST offers $1 million for next-gen incident command dashboards

Teams that use advanced technologies to improve the quality, usability and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders can earn up to $1 million in the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen, or CommanDING, challenge.

Smart cameras automate recording, boost police transparency

Upgrades to cameras in New Hampshire’s State Police cruisers and officer uniforms will simplify camera recording duties and ease uploading footage to secure cloud storage.

Driverless taxis hit city streets

California regulators gave Cruise the go-ahead to charge passengers to ride through San Francisco in its autonomous vehicles, but public safety skepticism remains.

FEMA leans into data science to ensure equitable disaster aid distribution

Many federal datasets are not disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, disability, income, veteran status or other demographics, limiting the agency's efforts to measure and advance equity.