National Law Enforcement Day 2019

Our national defense from external threats is provided by the Department of Defense and our esteemed branches of the military. They guard us against foreign threats by nation states and terrorists by bringing what we call “force projection” to the world outside of our borders. We carry the fight and our defense, to them, our foes and would be enemies. We do this as a national strategy to prevent any conflict from occurring on our shores.

In no small part and many personal ways, our nation’s civilian law enforcement guards and protects the populace in an equally meaningful and vital way. They are a force projection within our communities.

You, our officers are always on patrol with a watchful and caring eye looking out for the well being and safety of our local communities. You stand at the ready to serve and protect your families, and your communities from those who would do us harm.

You are on the front lines, our streets, and highways, watching over us and caring for us when we are in need. From helping someone down on their luck to find a place stay for the night or to get a meal, to just being that one person who gives a lending ear to someone who is having a rough emotional time while providing them a shoulder to cry on when there was no one else, you are always there for us.

You are there to investigate crimes and bring criminals to justice. You help provide that force in the legal system which brings closure to families who’ve been affected by heinous acts of incivility. You are the torch bearer who helps guide a light of peace and civility where there is none. You are there to help deliver a new life into this world, and you are also there when life departs this world. You see all facets of society and are there to shoulder the burden it brings. You ensure that balance, common good and prosperity are effectuated for all in our pursuit of happiness.

You put your lives on the line every single day and sometimes you have to give your lives to save an innocent citizen’s life. It is because of your sacrifices, your commitments to duty, to family and to the community for which we are all thankful.

On this National Law Enforcement Day, 2019, I wish to express my gratitude for your services to our communities and our nation.

On behalf of myself and all of the people at Lapeer County Central Dispatch, thank you.

Jeffrey Satkowski Executive Director

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New Police Data System

Last week we deployed our new data system for police in-car computers using Sprint USB Internet air cards and NetMotion’s Mobility XE VPN software.

20120414-173753.jpgAs part of our system upgrades, we partnered with local Lapeer/Genesee Sprint dealer, Intouch Communications for Internet air cards to provide high-speed connectivity from the patrol car back to Central Dispatch’s servers.

Providing an encrypted, secure path through the Internet to our servers is the mobile VPN software NetMotion Mobility XE, which we secured through a federal Homeland Security grant.

Local law enforcement agencies along with the Michigan State Police, who are deploying and integrating their own air card system with Lapeer County Central Dispatch, are very pleased with the go-anywhere, high-speed access to run their applications in the car.

Our old proprietary Motorola closed network data system had been running for the last 15 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and in a most odd coincidence, had quit working altogether quite literally as the last police department was picking up their new air cards at Dispatch. This system was scheduled to be turned off and removed in 2 weeks.

The old systems speed was at a mind-numbing slow speed of 9kbps, much slower than the old 56k dial up modems from the 1990’s through 2000’s. That system was also bound to the borders or range of our radio towers within the county.

The new system with Sprint, allows officers to travel out of county and still maintain a connection with Dispatch.

With this much faster system, we will be working on bringing more tools and applications to the officers in their cars, such as full LEIN/NCIC access, crash reporting and other police reporting programs. This will increase the officers efficiency and timeliness in the field while on calls.