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How FirstNet Will Make Mobile Officer Programs a Reality

October 20, 2017

Jeff King is FirstNet area lead / law enforcement and a reserve police officer for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

This article originally appeared in PoliceOne.com on October 20, 2017.

The use of technology is not new to the average law enforcement officer on the street. From the first hand-held radios to today’s mobile data terminals, police officers have relied on technology for years to help with a wide range of policing activities -- from investigations and arrests to large-scale incident responses and community policing – making technology a mainstay for law enforcement.

EMT Leader: FirstNet’s “Legacy” Will be Serving Rural Communities

October 13, 2017

Melvin Musulin, Assistant Director for Pennsylvania’s Valley Ambulance Authority, says he sees FirstNet as a legacy for emergency first responders in rural communities.
For over forty years, Musulin has worked in and around the emergency medical community. He has been anticipating FirstNet’s launch since its inception in 2012. With FirstNet now on the verge of going live in communities across the country, Musulin says that FirstNet’s accessibility will have its greatest impact by reducing health care costs in rural America.

Tech Talk: Sapporo, Japan 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was pleased to represent public safety interests at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Plenary meetings held in Sapporo, Japan last month.
October 6, 2017
By Dean Prochaska, FirstNet Director of Standards

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was pleased to represent public safety interests at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Plenary meetings held in Sapporo, Japan last month.  These meetings addressed standards in several areas relevant to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.  The 3GPP plenary meetings consisted of three separate plenary group meetings.   

Fall PSAC Webinar Highlights Task Team Collaboration, Working Groups’ Activities

FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson, Vice Chair Jeff Johnson, and President TJ Kennedy updated the PSAC on recent organizational successes and developments.
September 27, 2017
By Kenzie Capece, FirstNet Senior Outreach Advisor

FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) held its second webinar of the year for the full membership. PSAC Chair Tom Sorley and the Executive Committee led the PSAC through updates on its three working groups, and current outreach and tasking efforts.

PSAC Association Profile: Major County Sheriffs of America

September 21, 2017

As law enforcement agencies eagerly await the deployment of the FirstNet network, the Major County Sheriffs of America (MSCA) continues to champion the needs of public safety from the Nation’s largest counties and parishes. MCSA is the voice of elected sheriffs from counties or parishes with a population of 500,000 or more – representing over 100 million Americans. Sheriffs’ offices are often the sole law enforcement agency in rural areas without local police departments, operate jails and prisons, provide court services, and execute warrants.

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