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Tool Provides Information Access for Emergency Response

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Techbeat Dated: Winter 2011 Pages: 10-11
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This article from the Winter 2011 edition of TechBeat discusses the Asset Protection and Response System, developed after the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.


Following the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, the Kansas City, MO, Police Department developed the Asset Protection and Response System. The system is an Internet-based program that can be accessed from desktops, police cruisers, and PDAs/smartphones to give first responders of all types (police, fire, and emergency medical services) access to information such as floor plans, GIS mapping, and contact information that can be used during an incident. The system contains a secondary function that allows for risk assessment to determine whether specific infrastructure is well protected. The system was developed through the Kansas City Urban Area Security Initiative. The Kansas City Police Department plans on sharing the tool with other police departments at no charge to the departments.

Date Published: January 1, 2011