Emergency Preparedness and Response

In border states like Michigan, it is especially important that our first responders have the ability and means to communicate to prepare for and appropriately respond to a disaster, natural or man-made.  It is therefore critical that we provide them with the tools to communicate seamlessly and the resources to get the job done.

Advances in technology for first responders greatly benefit our communities: police officers, firefighters, and medical technicians are able to do their jobs more efficiently and respond more quickly faster to emergency situations; local governments save money thanks to improved efficiency and technology sharing across communities; and our communities are safer and better-served.

The cost savings cutting-edge law enforcement technology can provide becomes even more important as local budgets are under continued stress during our fragile economic recovery. Many communities throughout Southeast Michigan are working to consolidate services and maximize the reach of new technology. 

In Oakland County, CLEMIS, the Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System, is a leading example of a regional technological partnership. In 1999, I secured a nearly $20 million grant for CLEMIS, which CLEMIS has carefully managed over the past decade to now support almost 100 law enforcement departments and more than 8,000 users across Southeast Michigan with computer aided dispatch, geographical information systems, mobile data communications, electronic prisoner processing, and a shared criminal records database. I continue to support CLEMIS’s work and helped secure $1.025 million to expand its palm print identification system and provide portable biometric identification devices to officers in the field.  

In Macomb County, efforts are underway at the city and county levels to implement a regional response to emergencies.  I helped obtain a $500,000 grant to consolidate duplicative emergency response services, including 18 police departments, 24 fire departments, and 3 EMS agencies, into a central Macomb-wide dispatch. I helped secure a $900,000 grant to advance efforts by Roseville, Eastpointe, and St. Clair Shores to develop a shared emergency response system and a $500,000 grant to create a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center in Macomb County.  Over the past few years, I also assisted securing almost $2 million for interoperable communications to help communities in Southern Macomb implement and use an 800 MHz radio infrastructure system that provides universal communications ability to all police, fire and EMS emergency first responders throughout the County.

The ability for first responders to have seamless communications is essential to our safety and the effectiveness of our emergency response.  I am committed to working on behalf of communities in the 9th District to help them obtain the technology and equipment they need to fight crime and respond quickly to emergencies.

 

(October 2017)