Dallas Police Department officers began wearing body cameras in some parts of the city this week, following a year of testing the devices. Officers transfer the camera video to a cloud-based storage system at the end of their shifts, and the videos that are not marked for use in criminal investigations will be deleted after 90 days.
Six Philadelphia hospitals will be included in a nearly 5-square-mile "traffic box" that will be closed to inbound traffic in late September when Pope Francis visits the city. Ambulances will have dedicated roads within the restricted area, and pregnant women can call 9-1-1 for help getting to the hospital.
The nonprofit Central Park Conservancy uses multiple social channels to share how it runs New York City's Central Park and what is happening there. The park has accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, using Instagram in particular for themed hashtags and in-person meetups among Instagram influencers.
In a case of gerrymandering to the extreme, a sales tax increase in Columbia, Mo., will be decided by one voter. College student Jen Henderson is the sole legal resident of the Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District, where business owners want the increase. Organizers had tried to structure the district so it would have no residents, giving property owners control, but they overlooked Henderson.
Sonja Marston has been appointed assistant city manager of Morganton, N.C., effective Sept. 28. Marston, who grew up in the city, works at Southwestern Community College in Sylva as dean of workforce innovations and economic development. "Sonja's experiences and enthusiasm for building partnerships between the public and private sector will be a great fit for Morganton," City Manager Sally Sandy said.
A South Carolina task force created by Gov. Nikki Haley has issued 50 recommendations for reducing domestic violence in the state, including increasing the number of 9-1-1 operators who are trained to handle such calls. Haley said it was a "kick in the gut" to discover not all dispatchers get this training. "If they don't know the right questions to ask, the officer doesn't know what he’s walking into," Haley said.
Vanderburgh County, Ind., is sticking by a decision not to implement technology allowing text-to-9-1-1. Nearby areas that offer text-to-9-1-1 find it is rarely used, and it would mean extra costs and an increased workload for dispatchers, said Director Rodney Buchanan.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing an artificial intelligence system dubbed Audrey to help first responders sort large quantities of information and focus on the most important data. Next-generation 9-1-1 is expected to quadruple the amount of information available to first responders, who will need to sort and prioritize the data. The new technology involves cloud-based software that can be used on a standard personal computer.
Data show 70% of calls to San Francisco firefighters are for medical reasons. Medical calls often are to help homeless people, and Chief Joanne Hayes-White said the city is working to find better ways to deal with these situations and reduce the number of 9-1-1 calls.
Officials in Cary, N.C., have been studying how they can make residents with disabilities better aware of municipal services. The city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department already offers such accommodations to some of its programs.
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