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California Wildfires Show the Value of Old Tech

When cell coverage goes down, it’s all ham radios and sirens to the rescue. Wildfires that killed nine people in a remote Northern California county last month also crippled landlines, cell phones, and internet service, the local sheriff said Thursday, … Continue reading

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Orange County Project 25 Upgrade Report

The following article is from the SystemWatch Newsletter published by the Orange County Sheriff Department Communications and Technology Division. As all of you know, we are in the midst of a major upgrade to our 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System … Continue reading

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Here Come the Drones! LA City Council OK’s Fire Department’s Guidelines

Guidelines for a Los Angeles Fire Department drone program were approved by the City Council Tuesday over the objections of some civil rights organizations concerned that the devices could be used to infringe on individual liberties. The 11-0 vote formalizes … Continue reading

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Anaheim PD Keeps an ‘Angel’ in the Air

Angel is watching over the city as the sun sets on a hot August day. Anaheim PD’s Air Support Bureau is cruising at 1,200 feet above it all, and below, the streets are a safer place because of it. Tactical … Continue reading

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Alhambra High School Employee Takes Down Suspect: ‘Wrong Campus’

A man led police on a chase in a stolen car from Los Angeles to Alhambra, where he ran onto the campus of Mark Keppel High School and was arrested. Los Angeles police officers began chasing the Honda in their jurisdiction late … Continue reading

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AM Radio Station Launch at Ontario Airport

Riverside County residents who plan to use Ontario International Airport for holiday travel can now tune into the aerodrome’s newly activated radio station for an update on traffic, parking, and other conditions 24 hours a day. ONT AiRadio went live … Continue reading

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LAFD Prepared for a Griffith Park Blaze

Los Feliz Hills resident Gary Simon took this photo from a friend’s house in the Hollywood Hills during the 2007 Griffith Park fires. Following a series of devastating fires throughout California’s wine country in October, the 7,000 acre La Tuna … Continue reading

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SCMA Meeting May 10th — Guest Speaker Announcement

    The SCMA Meeting on May 10th will feature a very special guest speaker. Retired Chief Scott Edson, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will speak on the following: An introduction to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD); The current analog … Continue reading

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LAPD to Begin Using the World’s First ‘Pursuit-Rated’ Hybrid Patrol Car

  Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the world’s first “pursuit-rated” hybrid police car and the Los Angeles Police Department may be among the first agencies to have one. Chief Charlie Beck and LAPD officers were expected to help introduce the … Continue reading

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Dispatchers Take Heat as the ‘First First Responders,’ So this Week, Show Them Some Love

The woman’s screams were terrifying. The anguished wails were all that Anaheim PD Dispatcher Heather Champlin heard when she took the 911 call. Hamplin wondered if the woman had been violently attacked. Since she had called from a landline, the … Continue reading

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