reply to post by BenIndaSun
New DHS requirement are coming into effect, which include infrastructure upgrades, communication upgrades and cross compatibility with other agencies
/ states / feds in the event of a mass disaster / casualty type incident. It is the progression of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
With the growing size of agencies, and their continued reliance on technology, there are massive compatability issues between agencies (Low Band /
High Banf / UHF / ULF / VHF / 800mghz systems / 700 mghz system / 800 digital systems.
In addition there are studies showing there are massive overlaps between agencies in the same area. An example would be a large population county that
has a large population city. Both agencies are going to have investigative branches, with the crimes crossing jurisdictional boundaries.
You are seeing larger cities going away from their own jails, pooling resources with other agencies to create combined detention centers, which
include areas for multiple agencies to work from, courts attached to these facilities to cut down on the need for more detention / jail staff required
when transporting to and from court. Technology improvements allowing video conferencing for pre trial appearances, as well as gps tracking systems
for offenders who can be comvicted but not placed into a jail system for non violent offenses etc.
DHS has criteria that is required to be adopted by a certain time frame, so you will see these types of improvements all over the place. Missouri,
Michigan and a few others states wher eI have contacts are either in process of planning / building / or moving into these new setups.
With some of the new laws that went into effect at the Federal and State levels since September 11th 2001, there has been changes to the way law
enforcement operates in terms of jurisdicition as well. In my state prior to 9/11 unless you were highway patrol / state police, you were restricted
to your city or county unless specifically requested under mutual aid. Since then, the training has been standardized across the board, using the
Highway Patrol / State Police standards, which allows officers to work for a city or county, but carry a comission that allows them to enforce the
laws of the state regardless if they are in their own jurisdiction or not.
I dont think anything sinister is going on, but by all means keep checking into it. I could be off the mark...
Hope the info helps.