Following are abstracts on public safety-related articles that have appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites.


NW Minn. County First in State to Use Video Chat for 911 Calls

MPR News, (08/02/2019), Dan Gunderson

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota is installing technology that will allow cellphone callers to stream live video and audio to dispatchers when they call 911. Officials said the video chat technology will help county dispatchers make better decisions while on the phone with callers, and allow them to better prepare first responders for what they might find when they arrive.

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Oklahoma Schools to Use New Panic Button App for Active Shooter Situations, Emergencies

ABC Tulsa, (07/31/2019), Caroline Vandergriff

The Oklahoma State Department of Education plans to provide a panic button system to school districts in the state. The system is an app that alerts authorities to an active shooter, a medical emergency, a fire or other crisis.

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Huntsville Police Demonstrate New Training Simulator

WAAY 31, (08/08/2019), Sydney Martin

The police department in Huntsville, Ala., has a new training simulator. Simulation exercises will require officers to decide if the situation requires the use of pepper spray, a taser or a firearm, or if a weapon is not necessary and they can try to talk down a suspect.

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New Firestone Police Station Expected to Open in September

Times-Call, (07/23/2019), Kelsey Hammon

Construction of a new police station in Firestone, Colo., is expected to be completed in mid-September. When complete, the facility will include a municipal courtroom, records area, forensics lab, and an onsite training room complete with a firearms shooting simulator.

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Sheriff’s Department Partners With Mental Health Clinic, (07/25/2019), Chesley Oxendine

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department now has iPads to quickly put patients having a mental health crisis in touch with clinicians with specialized training. Each iPad has the MyCare app, which allows clinicians to video chat with law enforcement officials and clients. The process allows clinicians to help law enforcement determine a course of action for a given situation.

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FBI Opens New Digital Forensics Laboratory in Massachusetts

Government Technology, (07/24/2019), Paul Feely for The New Hampshire Union Leader

The FBI has opened a new digital forensics laboratory in Chelsea, Mass., that will provide services and support to law enforcement agencies throughout New England. The New England Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory is devoted to examining digital evidence.

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