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Law enforcement seeks better communication

Even though communication is the lifeblood of law enforcement and fire departments, there is a gap in Garfield County. Last week Sheriff Lou Vallario unveiled a plan and a plea to bridge the gap to area oil and gas industry representatives at the Northwest Oil and Gas Forum in Rifle Thursday.Some local law enforcement departments do not have the same communications software and cannot communicate directly.The Carbondale police department has a different computer system from the county sheriff and they cannot communicate directly, Vallario said.”We want to create a local area network so civil, law enforcement, and fire (departments) can talk to each other,” he said.The new system area law enforcement agencies would like to purchase, from New World Systems, would offer state-of-the-art communications.Perhaps the most important feature of the software system is geographic information mapping, which would locate the scene of an accident by longitude and latitude to within 50 meters.Most cell phones are now equipped with geographic positioning capability but the county’s dispatch system cannot locate where those signals are coming from on a map.”(The New World System) will improve response time,” said Jamie Cotten, senior territory manager for New World Systems.Further, the computer database can store directions to a particular location such as a drill rig.The system can also keep track of hazardous materials at a particular site, said Greg Wandrei, vice president of new account sales, as well as the location of fire hydrants and blueprints for a building, all of which would be helpful information for fire departments.Law enforcement would have access to national, state and local criminal information databases as well, Cotton said.New World Systems also encrypts radio transmissions so they cannot be picked up on police scanners.Vallario said towns and cities within the county will contribute to the new system, primarily with hardware upgrades as needed.”This is something that will benefit the (oil and gas) industry (and) the citizens of Garfield County,” Vallario said.New World Systems also supplies accounting software to county administration and the city of Rifle.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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