COPS Office and SEARCH Launch Podcast Series on Public Safety Communications Projects

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SEARCH, with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), has launched a new podcast series featuring the experiences and lessons learned of jurisdictions nationwide that have undertaken large public safety communication and information sharing projects. "The nine podcasts provide practical guidance for information sharing and communications interoperability projects undertaken by local, state, or regional stakeholders in Arizona, Texas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Virginia, North Dakota and Washington state," noted Mr. Doug Onhaizer, Director of SEARCH's Public Safety Programs. "The intent with these podcasts is to leverage the lessons learned by these jurisdictions in order to benefit other agencies around the country who are undertaking similar challenging projects."

The podcasts are available on both the SEARCH website and that of the COPS Office. They range in length from 20 to 44 minutes. Users can listen to or download the podcast files, or review a written transcript of each session.

This podcast series was funded by the COPS Office through the COPS 2007 Technology Program. They are part of a continuing technical assistance and training program designed to share information between Technology Program grantees and others who may benefit from their experiences.

SEARCH Public Safety Programs Staff were involved in moderating the interviews with the podcast participants. Each participating agency was a grant recipient of the COPS 2007 Technology Program.

We trust you will find these podcasts useful. If you have any questions or comments about this or any other COPS program, please contact the COPS Office Response Center at (800) 421.6770 or For questions about the SEARCH Public Safety Program, please contact