Officer Safety and Information Sharing: An Essential Team at IACP 2012

Officer safety is a fundamental focus for delegates, exhibitors, and attendees at #IACP2012 in San Diego, California, this week.

A large number of education sessions focus on this critical issue. And big part of keeping officers safe is giving them situational awareness when they enter a building, engage in a traffic stop, or approach any member of the public.

Bob McDonell, Chief of Police (retired) for the Newport Beach, California, Police Department, is working to increase information sharing among police departments in Orange County, California. If agencies and officers communicate through mobile data computers and smartphones, responders can become equipped with information about a situation before they enter it.

The technology to do so is available–take a walk through our exhibit hall for examples.

Interagency communication about dangerous individuals promotes officer and community safety. Law enforcement must improve information access, the ability to push and receive this information to handheld devices, and predictive analytics capability. This starts with dispatchers being able to communicate more information before officers respond to a call and also includes connections between police officers and probation officers regarding offender activity and interaction with law enforcement.

Be sure to visit the exhibit hall for access to the latest products and services to keep officers and communities safe. It is open today until 5 p.m.; tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blogger’s note: McDonell is currently the executive director of Integrated Law and Justice Agency for Orange County and works with IBM to improve public safety information and communication systems among agencies.

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