Frederick County Public Safety launches Next Generation 911

An email from Frederick County announced the launch of the Next Generation 911 system in the county.

Frederick County Public Safety Communications has installed the Next Gen system to basically adjust to the way we communicate today for faster response in emergency situations.

The new technology allows the public to share more detailed information as the system can accept videos, images and text messages.

This is especially helpful with communications between emergency agencies when responding as well.

Because 911 is rarely called by landline the system had to be updated to accommodate other devices.

The Next Gen 911 system can accept information from smart phones, medical devices, car computers and building alarms.

This is particularly useful in finding an exact location when seconds count.

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Gov. Northam’s Thank You Virginia Tour continues

In an email from Governor Northam he announced more budget proposals as his Thank You Virginia Tour continues.

If the governor’s budget proposal is approved it will include the largest investment in public safety in the state’s history.

Under the proposal new Virginia State Troopers will see a 7.7 percent pay raise.

The starting salary of new correction officers will increase by 25 percent.

The average salary for entry level sheriff’s deputies and regional jail officials will increase by approximately 20 percent.

The governor’s budget proposal also includes significant funding to address pay compensation and raises for targeted officers and sworn personnel.

Virginia has already given 3 and 5,000 dollar bonuses to public safety officials this past year along with $500 bonuses in 2020 to certain officials.

These proposals are along with the 10 percent increase in teacher pay the governor announced Mon. Dec. 6.

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