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Connected Public Sector: Being There in Every Situation

This weekend, as the United States celebrates Veterans Day, Cisco’s Global Government team would like to thank all those who have and continue to serve.

The world is continuously changing, bringing new and complex challenges and now, more than ever, communities and citizens need and expect a connected government, one that will enable local government to be there to help, to serve and to protect, no matter what the circumstance.

A connected government is about creating new possibilities for citizens and employees. It’s about breaking down silos between agencies and departments, providing cost-effective solutions, increasing operational efficiencies, and delivering better, faster, real-time services. It’s about understanding how the world is changing, and adapting to that change with scalable, long term, solutions made possible through technology.

As governments of today face these variety of challenges, new and innovative approaches are being implemented and some local governments are leading the way by deploying cloud and mobility solutions to overcome these challenges in a collaborative and timely manner.

Our latest public sector video highlights some examples of how these challenges are being addressed globally.

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Recognizing Communities Around the World: Part 1

During the past several years I have had the great opportunity to work with the  leaders from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the annual Community Policing Awards (CPA).  

For the 14th year, IACP and Cisco are proud to celebrate and pay tribute to departments worldwide practicing the community policing philosophy. These departments bring change, address crime and terrorism, and make their communities safe places to live, work, and play.

Please help us spread the word and encourage others to share their success.  The application deadline is midnight EST on June 3, 2012.

Community policing organizations from around the world can apply now for the opportunity to be recognized for the ways it has made public safety a priority through the use of collaboration, crime prevention, and partnership formation. Winners will be honored at the 2012 IACP Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

The Chiefs leading the CPA committee are dedicated and each your do a great job recognizing the winners and also sharing best practices during a session at IACP.  Last year was fantastic and we expect IACP 2012 in San Diego to be even better! 

Please let me know if you know any communities that deserve to be recognized. 

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Hidden Reserve Of Public Safety Skills

Jeff Frazier & Norman Jacknis, Cisco IBSG

Protection is a public service and one that can only effectively be carried out with the support and consent — and participation — of the people.  We’ve read stories about how Twitter played a key role in responding to wildfires or iPhone applications show a community map of registered sex offenders and crime areas.

But in public safety, especially, there is a unique source of participants – one that is especially important in these days of tighter state/local budgets. In California, for example, there are nearly 190,000 sworn active public safety officers (police and fire).  However, there are nearly a million retired and former officers.  This represents, on average, nearly 15 million years of skills and experience walking the streets.  This population of people never lost their purpose or their desire to contribute — they just ran out of time!

How can we harness this trusted population? A local government could create an “opt-in” network of these experienced citizens.  Typically, public safety training records are centralized through a central state body.  A database comparison of the records can be matched against the ‘opt-in’ application.

Once accepted, the officer will receive instantaneous alerts on his cell phone, based on its GPS location, about reported problems.  When a problem is reported, the public safety dispatcher would have the ability to examine a geo-spatial screen and discover how many people are in a particular area and who best to solicit or notify.

Governments across the country should enable this skilled population to support public safety problem-solving, in order to identify, recognize, and address problems much faster.

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International Community Policing: Part 2 The Highlights

Chicago was a great host city for the 118th International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference this week.  This was my third year attending and I enjoyed the event more than ever.  It was an honor to recognize the winners and finalists from the IACP Community Policing Award hosted by Cisco at Tommy Guns.  Highlights include: 

  • IACP Community Policing Awards Reception

Our workshop was also well attended with many best practices shared by our panel

If you missed this session, you can still watch the recording on webex 

 See below for more information on community policing.

Each year since 1998 the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Committee has recognized the best community policing practices of agencies around the world. Entries are categorized by population, featuring innovative ideas utilizing the power of community policing, through collaboration and partnerships, to make local, national and global communities safer from crime and terrorism.

 

Winners:

  • Population: Under 20,000:  Purcellville Police Department, Virginia:  Engagement of Our Community
  • Population: 20,001 to 50,000:  New Brighton Department of Public Safety, Minnesota: Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP)  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meBqGcklHW4&feature=related
  • Population: 50,001 to 100,000:  New Rochelle Police Department, New York:  Fixing Broken Windows: A Collaborative Approach to Housing Remediation httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf2SQfHlX08
  • Population: 100,001 to 250,000: Dayton Police Department, Ohio: Urban High School Disorder Reduction Project
  • Population: Over 250,000:  Waterloo Regional Police Service, Ontario, Canada: Alison Neighbourhood Initiative httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqWEy3os2ks

Finalists:

  • Population fewer than 20,000 residents: Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln, NH and Sandwich Police Department, Sandwich, NH
  • Population of 20,001 to 50,000 residents: Hurst Police Department, Hurst, TX and Madison City Police Department, Madison, AL httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IespGdHiM4c
  • Population of 50,001 to 100,000 residents: Rowlett Police Department, Rowlett, TX
  • Population of over 250,001 residents:  Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque, NM httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceHo1W8XyLc and Boston Police Department, Boston, MA

Please share with us best practices from your community.

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International Community Policing: Part 1 The Preview

This weekend, I’m heading to Chicago for the 118th International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference and exhibition. Police Chiefs from around the globe will come together to foster the exchange of information and experience among police leaders throughout the world and find solutions to issues they are facing. 

I’m looking forward to seeing the Chiefs and recognizing this years winners and finalists for the IACP Community Policing Awards sponsored by Cisco.  I’m honored to be a part of this initiative and want to congratulate this years winners and finalists.   

If you are not able to attend in person, please join our Community Policing Committee and Cisco IACP Workshop: Policing in the New Normal via WebEx Monday October 24, 1-3pm Central Time or anytime afterwards.  This dynamic information sharing workshop will feature an esteemed panel of law enforcement executives including: 

  • Robert Casey: Special Agent in Charge, Dallas Field Office, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Steve Dye: Chief of Police, Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas, United States
  • Todd Miller: Director of Public Safety, Mankato Department of Public Safety, Minnesota, United States
  • David Williams: Colonel (retired), Illinois State Police, North Carolina, United States
  • Bob Stanberry:Public Safety Technology Solutions, Cisco, Michigan, United States

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