North Philly Peace Park in Philadephia's historically black Sharswood neighborhood is moving to a new location and will be designed with community input and a focus on Afrofuturism. "As you can see in the current design, all of these concepts were brought together and integrated to create an experience not only for the community but also people who come by and visit the community, to learn about the spirit of a place, which is represented by the inner cleansing light," lead designer Nyasha Felder says.
The Santa Fe, N.M., Regional Emergency Communications Center will funnel millions of dollars into upgrades to its equipment and facility over the next few years. A new dispatch system, which officials hope to finish installing by February 2019, is among the new equipment and will improve call location accuracy.
DeKalb County, Ind., Central Communications Director Bill Hunter is developing a security policy that would allow 9-1-1 dispatchers to arm themselves with guns. Hunter says the policy, which would require the approval of county commissioners, comes in response to dispatcher requests.
After 50 years, UnityPoint Health medical dispatchers have discontinued service to Marshalltown, Iowa, to cut costs. As a result, Marshall County E9-1-1 dispatchers have taken over dispatching ambulances and handling medical calls.
Police, union officials and city officials in Springfield, Mass., have come to an agreement on a body camera policy following years of discussion. Every officer will be outfitted with a camera and will be expected to record many types of situations, including confrontations, uses of force, vehicle stops, searches, initial suspect interviews and crowd control incidents that "may result in unlawful activity."
The US Homeland Security Department and a similar Canadian department have partnered to test new technology to aid first responders and will start by testing an artificial intelligence tool that can help paramedics make better treatment decisions. The tool takes data from multiple sources and provides insight as needed.
Officials in Moncton, New Brunswick, are planning to remove a number of trees and increase lighting in a local park with the goal of discouraging illegal activity. Critics say the plan will only move the problem to other areas in the city.
A biking and hiking trail network has been proposed for Harrison County in Pennsylvania, with public meetings being offered as the county works on a master plan.
NRPA Park Metrics data show that parks and recreation agencies serving populations of 250,000 or more have more acreage per 1,000 residents, but must serve more people with each park, at least according to averages for all populations. The average large agency offers more than 600 programs annually, with more than half of those at no cost to the public.