Sunday, February 11, 2007

911 Text Messages? Video Calls?

Over at the ChicagoDispatch blog (also banned under the current Department filters) there is a lively debate going on about this Sun Times article:
  • Chicago's 911 emergency system should be modified to allow callers to send cell-phone images and text messages to dispatchers from emergency scenes, the City Council's most powerful alderman said today.
  • A woman who was unable to place a call during the ordeal for fear of alerting the deranged gunman text-messaged her boyfriend to call police. If the 911 center had been able to receive that text message directly, the police response might have been quicker, Burke said.
  • "A private citizen could immediately transmit a photograph of a person fleeing the scene of an accident to the 911 center, which then could immediately transmit that photograph through the system to the Police Department. That kind of resource would be a great improvement...They could then transmit it to computers in the squad cars," Burke said.
Pardon our laughter - hahahahahaha. We can't even get PDT's that work 75% of the time. Coverage gaps are counted in square MILES where signal strength is insufficient to get the PDT up and running. And if it is up, LEADS and SOS (Secretary of State) info is hard to come by at least three times a shift.

ChicagoDispatch wonders how the calltakers are going to have any idea where in the world these messages are coming from. We agree - just listen to the zone on a daily basis when they give out one of those "unknown call origin between Cell tower A and Cell tower B" that covers something like 8 square city blocks, 2 radio zones and 3 police districts.

We don't know who on Aldercreature Burke's staff is watching too many sci-fi flicks and Star Trek reruns, but would someone please unplug their television? Thanks.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC!! Quick! Look! I sent you a text with a picture of the man ripping off the county-- if you cant see it--Its Toddler!

2/10/2007 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alderman Burke is a fucking moron.

Didn't he used to be the police? Well at least be employed as a police officer?

I can't even get an antiquated Microslate PDT, let alone a somewhat modern one.

Don't even get me started on shotguns, rifles, tasers, etc.

We are the most outgunned/under-equiped police department I know of. We work in quite possibly the most violent/dangerous city in America and we have peashooters.
Just because bosses can juke stats does NOT mean crime has gone down John Q Public!

We won't get any of that stuff until there is a Hollywood Bank shootout and PO's get killed. We are REactive, not PROactive.

But thats okay Alderman, lets spend more money on useless technology, forget about giving your former "collegues" the tools they need to do their job effectively/safely!

2/11/2007 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if Burke is on it, in any fashion, then it's suspect....I mean, can anyone who knows Burke, or knows of him and/or his history and reputation, consider him as valued, responsible, intelligent, or dependible member of the human community?

2/11/2007 12:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was a great idea to put the clear system on the new PDT's to bad it only works .05% of the time. Way to go huberbuns! By the way has anyone heard the rumor that an unidentified pool vehicle with the numbers *24* in the middle has a trap filled with $$$$$$ from some dirty coppers?

2/11/2007 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous hill rod said...

Who needs that? What we need are coppers who aren't afraid to get out of their goddam cars. This department is the biggest bunch of lazy whining crybabies. The reason the pdts don't work is you guys keep getting the powdered sugar in the keyboard.

2/11/2007 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A private citizen could immediately transmit a photograph of a person fleeing the scene of an accident to the 911 center, which then could immediately transmit that photograph through the system to the Police Department. That kind of resource would be a great improvement...They could then transmit it to computers in the squad cars," Burke said.

Fine idea Ed. First the city would have to buy us these imaginary computers!

2/11/2007 02:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic but there was a police shooting in 008 tonight @ 80th and Spaulding. It had to do with a rash of robberies involving pizza delivery drivers. Long story short, bad guys pull gun on police posing as pizza guys and one bad guy is dead, another is shot (but still breathing), and the third is captured a short time later after he made his way back to his stolen vehicle and then crashed it into a huge propane tank on the railroad tracks causing a huge towering inferno (and several burns to his own face!). A fantastic job done by the Area 1 Sgt. and the involved detectives as well as the tact guys who observed the stolen car with the third offender. You could make a movie out of what happened last night. Yes, I was there. Congratulations to all of you for a great job!

2/11/2007 04:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first who came up with the idea of color coding the pdt. if you get a pool car the new pdt will not work in it. i'm sure it was some relative of retard richie who used 2 wear the geranimal clothing line because all u had 2 do was match the animals and nobdy would know that you road the short bus with a helmet on

2/11/2007 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does Chicago do like other cities and have public safety officers? We would do both jobs, changing every period. Be cross trained as firefighters and police. We would all do 8hr. shifts. This would save the city money. Or just do away with the fire dept. and just have a county fire dept. It could work....

2/11/2007 01:26:00 PM  
Blogger The Asshat said...

You know what, our assignments that come over the pdt will have the same 3rd grade vocabulary and spelling as they do now so why would it matter? We all know that most of the call takers are ghetto garbage that can't read or write.

2/11/2007 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA said...


2/11/2007 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed Burke was NEVER a ** copper!
He spent his time-in, 'on-da-job' studying to be an attorney. He was about as much a ** copper as was Ald Beavers!

** copper= the 'REAL POLICE'

2/11/2007 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk,
And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary RISC,
Then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your mom

2/11/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous not gps again said...

Six months ago we all argued over the fact the GPS in the squad cars could not be hidden with out the big donut antenna and the cost was prohibitive. We also argued that real time tracking technology was not available with out expensive software.

To all those self proclaimed experts who dont know shit about GPS. You can now buy for around $300.00 USC, gym shoes for your kid with real time tracking and recording GPS. And no special expensive software to buy.

The gym shoe cost $150.00 without the GPS, $300.00 - $350.00 with it. For $19.00 a month you can go online and track and record your kids location within 30 feet.

The intire unit incuding the battery is small enough to fit into one shoe, and guess what there is no antena to wear on your head. It is hidden on the side of the shoe and is about the size of a dime.

Now if they can hide it in your shoe for $150.00. Do you really think the City does not have one in your car???

Your $49.00 cell phone can be tracked by GPS. Do you think the City won't put that $10.00 or $15.00 chip inside that radio you carry every day???

Food for thought, just turning that radio off, probably wiil NOT disable the GPS.

2/11/2007 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that in my district, we'd be getting these devices that allow you to talk to someone (even maybe a good dispatcher) from far away......I think they called 'em radios? For now, I'll just take my 2 soup cans and a coupla feet of string and run some plates that way.

2/13/2007 02:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pictures on the camera phones are so great I'm sure I'd be able to ID the offender if you sent the picture to my PDT. Oh wait, thats right over 1/3 of our district's PDT's are in the shop; and all the spares have red dots, my car has a yellow dot. OH WELL

2/13/2007 10:14:00 PM  

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