The goal of new public safety technology in all fields is to improve efficiency, effectiveness at what we already do, along with allowing us to provide additional services that we haven’t done before that will help our community.

The goal of new public safety technology in all fields is to improve efficiency, effectiveness at what we already do, along with allowing us to provide additional services that we haven’t done before that will help our community.  The City of Blue Springs is committed to providing cost-effective technology to maximize our resources to make Blue Springs safe.

On June 21, 2010, the Blue Springs City Council and Administration demonstrated their commitment to providing public safety technology for our community with the rollout of the “Code Red” emergency notification system, as well as approvals for mobile data terminals and Automated License Plate Recognition system made during the annual Capital Improvement Program budget.

The Code Red system – which will receive an all-call test at 1 p.m. on July 8 – is designed for BSPD and the Central Jackson County Fire District to alert residents in a specific area of an emergency quickly. For example, if police are looking for a dangerous person in a residential area, we can immediately notify those in that area to be prepared and on the alert for any suspicious people. Additionally, residents may “opt-in” to receive emergency weather notifications. Please go to the city website at www.bluespringsgov.com for further information.

The 2010-11 Blue Springs CIP will include MDT’s for Blue Springs police cars. These computer terminals in the patrol cars will allow officers to remain on the street while completing report documentation, meaning that they are available for quicker emergency response. Officers can access records more quickly, meaning that at a traffic stop or other contact, motorists can get back on their way sooner.  At the same time, the system will allow location of a vehicle by other Officers when help may be needed, and prevent an overload of radio traffic from blocking a call for backup.

The budget also includes the addition of automated license plate reader technology for two vehicles.

This item constantly (without the Officer being taken from other tasks) automatically looks for license plates that are wanted because of being stolen vehicles or because they have been used in a crime.

This is a very efficient and important function – criminals often use a stolen car while committing other crimes, as it is then harder to track them when they are seen by witnesses – the computer will automatically notify the officer when a stolen car license plate is near the officer.

In the future, BSPD will need to address a federal FCC mandate for 2013 to upgrade our communications system. This technology will not only be needed to meet Federal guidelines, but will be needed to continue to provide the prompt, efficient response for which BSPD is known. It is important for our citizens to know that the police administration, city officials, and city council are working to ensure that technology we strive to obtain is beneficial in providing faster, more productive service in a that preserves resources allocated for our use.