Next Generation 9-1-1 Core Services – What Does This Mean for Maryland?

Motorola Solutions will host a session on Next Generation 9-1-1 progress and how it will impact Maryland at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III…

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U.S. House Passes Resolution to Reclassify 9-1-1 Specialists as First Responders

The United States House of Representatives yesterday passed a bipartisan resolution to recognize 9-1-1 specialists as first responders. Specifically, the provisions of the “911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act” were among the numerous amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 220-197. Specifically, the legislation would reclassify 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers from “Office and Administrative Support Occupations” to “Protective Service Occupations” in the Office of Management…

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Montgomery Council Mulls Policy Advisory Commission

Earlier this week the Montgomery County Council heard public testimony on the bill that would create a Police Advisory Commission. The Washington Post reports: The proposed commission would consist of 15 members: nine civilians appointed by the council, four civilians appointed by the county executive and two ex officio members, one each for the police department and the Fraternal Order of Police. Unlike civilian oversight boards in jurisdictions such as Baltimore, the commission would not…

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Sun Advocates for Suboxone in Prison

Recently, The Baltimore Sun's Editorial Board championed making suboxone available to inmates in state prisons. This past session a bill required all local jails and the Baltimore City Detention Center to make available FDA approved drug treatment (including suboxone, naltrexone, and methadone) to inmates by a date certain. It did not have the same requirement for state prisons. The Board argues making the drug available in prisons will not only help those suffering from addiction…

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A-Listers Drop-in for Drone Dilemma Discourse at #MACoCon

MACo welcomes county and municipal law enforcement to take advantage of a MACo Conference educational session delving into issues inherent to state and local law enforcement coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration in an era of rapidly expanding drone use and frequently changing regulations. Registration information below. Three A-listers are coming to MACo's August 14, 2019 Tech Expo to start a discussion on the local law enforcement role in stopping unlawful hobbyist use of drones,…

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Serving and Supporting Our Veterans at #MACoCon

MACo's upcoming Summer Conference will feature a panel discussion of best practices to identify, reach, and benefit the veterans in your community. Local, state, and private sector perspectives combine to illustrate the whole canvas of tools available, including the state's Veterans Services Specialist Program. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather…

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Frederick Mourns Loss of Volunteer Firefighter

Frederick County Fire and Rescue and the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) are mourning the unexpected passing of a longtime volunteer firefighter. Michael Powers, 70, a lifelong member and active volunteer from the LVFC died after suffering from a medical emergency while on the scene of a vehicle accident. According to a press release: A vehicle accident with entrapment was dispatched at 12:54pm in which Libertytown Volunteer Fire Company was responding to. Upon arriving on…

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GOCCP Begins “Handle With Care” Training Workshops

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) provided the first round of training on "Handle with Care" a statewide initiative to help kids that have experienced adverse childhood experiences. From a GOCCP news release: Statewide Handle with Care Coordinator, Kelly Gorman, trained approximately 200 law enforcement officers, teachers, and mental health providers during the 24th annual Baltimore County Safe Schools Conference in Baltimore, Md., and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Conference in Washington, D.C. ...…

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This Place Can’t Run Without the Membership of the Community

Volunteer fire departments across Maryland struggling with a lack of volunteers reach out to residents for support, advertising the rewards that dedication to service and community bring. Legislation to create a workgroup to study staffing shortages in volunteer fire companies was introduced at the end of the 2019 General Assembly's Session and failed to reach final passage. The issues continue, however, and worsen with staffing shortages affecting volunteer fire companies throughout Maryland. These shortages can…

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Your County InfoSec Connect

The Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers, working with the Emergency Communications Committee of the Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers prepare for a discussion of cyber vulnerabilities and response at MACo's Summer Conference. Who in your county handles cybersecurity? Depending on your county, this might be a point person within the department of information technology, an independent office, or a position in another county department. As cyber threats to county services continue to…

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