The below are public safety, law enforcement and homeland security related news articles.
Will Safety Issues Ground Police Use of Unmanned Drones?
“Unmanned aircraft can provide a number of tactical advantages for police, particularly in situations that require stealthy observation. But as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) works on proposed regulations for these vehicles, aviation experts believe safety issues still need to be addressed before widespread use takes off…”
Miami Police Might Want Unmanned Drone for Surveillance
“Soon, when residents of Miami-Dade County, Fla., look up in the sky, digital eyes might be looking back at them.
The Miami-Dade Police Department recent purchased unmanned flying drone called T-Hawk, according to a local TV station.”
How Social Media Could Improve Public Safety
Mashable Social Media
“When it comes to public safety, forward-thinking government agencies are beginning to look at social media as a support tool for improved situational awareness.
The very nature of social media’s open communication and crowdsourced information provides a powerful tool for public safety agencies.”
Cooperation among police agencies leads to more crime solving
“Bad guys often commit crimes in one city or county and then flee to another.
To solve these crimes, local police departments talk to one another and share information, a process that appears to be improving in the region.
‘Communication between Montgomery County and D.C. is the best I’ve seen it in all my years of working here,’ says Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald Ricucci…”
Collaborate or Perish!: Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World
Published Book - White Paper
This is a playbook for collaboration – the advantages, what we are already doing and what we need to do. Everyone is already connected and collaborating, Facebook for example. See what the 5 advantages are and how to accomplish collaboration among all of us!
Prince George’s police boost patrols to prevent repeat of homicide surge
“To keep this year’s homicide rate down, the Prince George’s County Police Department has begun 2012 with a surge: Every day this month, 150 additional officers are taking to the streets.
The county ended 2011 with 95 criminal homicides, five more than in 2010. Fifteen of the 2011 homicides occurred in January, an unusually violent month that police officials said was an anomaly…”
Police departments in central Prince George’s consider agreement to share resources
“Don’t be surprised to see a District Heights city police officer making an arrest in Capitol Heights and vice versa if enough municipal police departments sign an agreement to share their resources.
Hoping to fight crime in central Prince George’s through information-sharing, the town of Capitol Heights is looking for other municipal police departments to sign off on an agreement within the next month giving officers the authority to make arrests in neighboring jurisdictions, back up officers on service calls and spread themselves around on county enforcement missions…”
As homicides fall in D.C., rise in Prince George’s, numbers meet in the middle
The Washington Post
“The District and Prince George’s County had nearly the same number of homicides in 2011, a major departure from a high 20 years ago, when the city saw 325 more slayings than the county.
It is a shift that reflects a double-digit drop in killings in the District from 2010 to 2011, with an especially noticeable downward trend in the most stubborn crime zones east of the Anacostia River. Just across the border, though, the homicide count in the neighboring communities in Prince George’s is surging, and the county as a whole saw a slight increase last year…”
From Government 2.0 to Society 2.0: Pathways to Engagement, Collaboration and Transformation
Harvard University’s Belfer Center
A report from a June 10, 2011 meeting where 25 government and industry leaders meet to assess the move, share insight, and describe enablers and obstacles of moving to “Government 2.0″.