Residents of the Northside and Westside neighborhoods in Missoula, Mont., could see more investment in green space under a 50-year deal the city has signed with Resurrection Cemetery Association to lease the land for $3,700 annually. This deal formalizes an existing arrangement and allows for dedicated investment.
9-1-1 callers in eight counties in Minnesota on Monday were able to talk to dispatchers and hear them, but dispatchers were unable to hear callers. The outage, which lasted roughly seven hours, was caused by faulty equipment at a fiber link in Wisconsin that has since been fixed, according to 9-1-1 provider CenturyLink.
Police in Dallas will continue to be dispatched for 9-1-1 calls where a person may be in danger, officials said Monday. Low-priority calls without the threat of violence will be diverted to an online reporting system.
9-1-1 dispatchers in Minot and Ward County, N.D., rely on maps and technology to send first responders to the right addresses when people call for help. "We get everything from a cat caught in a tree, to Grandma's having a heart attack, to my brother overdosed, to somebody's been stabbed, to Johnny won't go to school," said Margaret Haugan, PSAP manager for Minot Central Dispatch.
Howard County, Md., police dispatcher Joanna Blankenship last month gave CPR instructions over the phone to a caller who had witnessed a man collapse while playing pickleball. Police Cpl. Kyu Lee and Officer Stephen Schillinberg arrived soon after and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, and the player recovered.
The Pueblo, Colo., City Council has approved raising the city's 9-1-1 fee from 70 cents to $1.72 per month, the maximum allowed by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The change applies to cellphone lines and landlines, and city police officials say it was necessary to help cover the cost of joining the new Emergency Services IP Network.
Dispatchers say having automatic 9-1-1 caller location data and automatic emergency vehicle location would help them do their jobs better, according to research by a National Institute of Standards and Technology team, which interviewed 200 first responders and surveyed 7,000 more. Dispatchers and law enforcement personnel both want live video and images to improve incident response.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for support, citing concerns about further violent protests in the city ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Authorities in cities across the country are preparing for the potential for violence based on threat assessments from the FBI.
Social media managers talk about the challenges of their roles, particularly during the pandemic and social unrest, and how long hours, low pay, exposure to hateful content and a lack of support from employers/clients and platforms are affecting their mental health. "It takes a huge mental toll to consume this content, day in and day out," says social media strategist Amy Brown.
City Council members in Rockford, Ill., have approved a proposal to steer revenue from the city's 3% cannabis sales tax toward areas and communities most affected by previous laws governing the possession and sale of marijuana. Lawmakers are considering using the funds to create programs for at-risk youth or help entrepreneurs start businesses in troubled parts of the city.