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Overcoming Interoperability - The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program

Interoperability!. Chances are, it is a term we don’t think about too much.  It is defined as the ability of a system to work smoothly and reciprocally with the equipment in another system.  In  times of crisis, interoperability between  first responders is critical.  Unfortunately, in many areas of the country, emergency personnel do not have  access to the broadband and cutting edge technology that consumers do.  Congressman Donald Payne Jr., who serves as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, has asserted that enabling police, fire and medical services to use the same bandwidth in emergencies is among our biggest challenges.  Fortunately, there is a branch of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the  Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) whose purpose is to conduct research into overcoming obstacles to  interoperability among emergency systems.  They are currently offering the NIST Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program to enhance the ability of public safety operations to protect the public through more sophisticated communication setups.

 

The Smart Policing Initiative 2017

Effective, efficient and economical: those are the key goals the U.S. Department of Justice has identified for the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). As budgets tighten and personnel is reduced, police departments across the country are looking to maximize productivity more than ever. SMART, which stands for "strategically managed, analysis, research driven and technology based," is a new paradigm in law enforcement. The SPI helps to identify strategies and techniques to improve crime fighting, and ways they can be practically implemented and put into practice. This year, over $4 million dollars will be given to a maximum of seven awardees to further the advancement of smart policing.

Funding for Research & Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes from the NIJ

In police and sheriff’s departments across the county, forensic science plays a crucial role in solving crimes. Biology, physics, computer science, chemistry, and other disciplines are essential in evidence evaluation. Ballistics, DNA testing, and toxicology are all forms of forensic science. Since it is so critical , the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has devoted over $127 million since 2009 in a R&D portfolio for cutting edge technology. Currently, the NIJ is offering a grant for Research and Development to Advance Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes. Its aim is to support research and development projects that can ultimately lead to more accurate, reliable, cost-effective methods of evidence collection in the criminal justice system.