The following abstracts on public safety-related articles appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites earlier in 2019. This page is no longer being updated due to the end of the Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) program.


New Drone Boosts Sheriff’s Department Capabilities

Herald Journal, (09/03/2019), Michael Johnson

The White County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana is among the latest law enforcement agencies to obtain an unmanned aerial vehicle. The department plans to use the technology for accident reconstructions, investigations and search/rescue operations.

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New Visitor Rules for Va. Prisons Aimed at Curbing Contraband

Richmond Times-Dispatch, (09/03/2019), Frank Green

In an effort to curb drugs and other contraband from getting into prisons, the Virginia Department of Corrections will limit inmate visitor lists to no more than 10 different people, beginning on January 15. Offenders with more than 10 immediate family members may request an exception to the limit.

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Lenexa Police Host ‘Use of Force’ Workshop for Local Law Enforcement Officers

Shawnee Mission Post, (09/23/2019), Leah Wankum

The Force Science Institute, an organization that studies police use of force, recently provided instruction on the psychological, physiological and biomechanical aspects of force in a workshop hosted by the Lenexa (Kan.) Police Department. The goal of the course is to help officers recognize how to recognize and work with their own limitations when called on to use force in the course of performing their duties.

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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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