Background checks are key for making decisions on hiring or placing volunteers, but one problem with the process is that data reporting isn't standardized. Try to get data from multiple sources, and have a plan for screening data for quality.
The Burleigh County Commission in North Dakota agreed to draft a ballot measure that would raise the 9-1-1 user fee from $1 up to $1.50 per communication device. The money would be used for a new facility for CenCom and the Bismarck/Burleigh emergency operations center.
Officials in Lewis County, N.Y., have approved a proposal to upgrade the emergency dispatch system to enable dispatchers to receive text messages. "We live in a world of text messages. Eventually, it will be a requirement," said 9-1-1 Operations Coordinator Cheryl LaLonde.
An executive order signed by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu calls for formation of a committee to review the risks of opting out of FirstNet, after the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee voted in favor of doing so. Twenty-seven states and territories have made preliminary commitments to FirstNet, and final, legally binding agreements must be settled by Dec. 28
A video camera mounted directly on police officers' guns is getting attention from some police departments for the better view it provides than body cameras, reduced video storage costs and the fact that some models alert dispatchers and nearby officers when law enforcement personnel draw their guns. Critics say the cameras aren't adequate because they only turn on when the gun is removed from the holster, failing to capture the preceding interaction.
A proposal has been submitted to let the lease run out on Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria, Va., and replace it with a year-round attraction. A citizen advisory group made the recommendation citing expensive ongoing projects in the city and the possibility of creating a venue that could generate more revenue.
States that have legalized marijuana use are moving to withhold tax revenue generated by pot sales from cities that implement local bans on the drug. Lawmakers in Oregon, California and Massachusetts have implemented or are working on plans to keep marijuana tax revenue from cities that ban or restrict sales.
The city of Myersville, Md., is stepping up to meet federal stormwater management rules, even as surrounding Frederick County contests the mandates. Myersville Town Planner Brandon Boldyga recommends starting with tree plantings on town-owned properties, followed by plantings on easements deeded to the town then outfall stabilization.
The National Recreation and Park Association commissioned a survey of local government officials to determine how they rank budgeting for parks and recreation services. The survey found 83% of officials agree that services are worth what's budgeted, but most respondents say government does not make parks a high priority.