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Technology Is Making Us Safer, But Always More Work To Be Done

There have been great advancements within public safety technology that have helped make communities safer and first responders more capable. However, there are always gaps present and areas in need of improvement. Major incident responses—such as Sept. 11 or Superstorm Sandy—exposed issues that need to be resolved to improve public safety response. As a result of the after-action reviews of these major incidents there was a national push to improve technology, especially technology involved in communications. AMU professor Giles Hoback discusses the benefits of such technology and the ongoing need for public safety agencies to embrace constant change.

Why Controversy About Wireless Emergency Alerts Is a Good Thing

By Dr. Vincent Giordano, Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University

In a world where more than 300 million people have cell phones, the use of this technology for communicating during emergencies has become wide-spread and highly controversial (CTIA, 2013).

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (2013), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) allows governmental agencies to send emergency alerts through targeted cell towers to all WEA-enabled devices.

Can Police Officers Search a Suspect’s Cellphone? Supreme Court May Soon Decide

By Leischen Stelter

In the coming months, expect to see several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court that revolve around privacy rights, technology and the Fourth Amendment’s rights regarding search and seizure.

An article in today’s issue of USA Today points to two such cases that the Supreme Court may take on about whether or not police have the right to search mobile devices without first obtaining a warrant.