Hopewell Recreation and Parks in Virginia teamed up with city police and other agencies to hold a summer camp intended to give children positive experiences with police officers. "Hopefully, the camp will produce a lasting bond with us as they grow up in the community," camp coordinator Sgt. Shea Richardson said.
The United States Tennis Association holds adult social play programs at public parks across the country to provide opportunities to learn the sport and connect with others in the community. "People, who would normally be intimidated, are coming out and finding out that it's such a fun environment to get involved in the game," said Gainesville, Fla., recreation supervisor Jeff Moffitt.
The Fiesta Bowl organization has donated $2 million for a planned 20,000-square-foot playground at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. The park's overall revitalization is expected to cost as much as $100 million.
Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai is proceeding with creation of a three-digit number -- 9-8-8 -- to make it easier to reach affiliates of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. An FCC report recommended against integrating the lifeline's function into 9-1-1, noting the different skill sets of dispatchers and mental health professionals.
Minneapolis has decided to discontinue using ProQA software, which it instituted in 2017. Emergency Communications Director Kathy Hughes said the change will result in faster response times and more accurate assessments from dispatchers, while Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde noted the software had been difficult to integrate with computer-aided dispatch.
Stark County, Ohio, plans a study next month that will assess whether its multiple dispatch services should be consolidated. The Regional Emergency Dispatch Center that opened in 1987 was created as an initial step toward consolidation, and all major recommendations from a 2008 study were completed with the exception of consolidation.
A study in Massachusetts is examining the job-related stress of 9-1-1 dispatchers and its effect on their families, hoping to increase awareness. "The perception of how we might affect others, what the family was feeling, is an area we wanted to learn more about," says Anne Camaro, assistant director for Cambridge Emergency Communications.
FirstNet has developed its priorities for the next five years, outlining six priorities beginning with "the essential intelligence that drives network functionality." The authority also acknowledged first responders' requirements around capacity and coverage.