Dec 2nd 2022 | Posted in Public Safety by Texas Government Insider
 Texas DPS requests $1.2B active shooter response training facility

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is requesting Texas lawmakers approve $1.2 billion in funding to build a full-time statewide law enforcement academy with a state-of-the-art active shooter response training facility. If approved, the first funding portion of $467 million would be part of the state’s 2024-2025 budget as the start of a six-year […]

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Apr 22nd 2022 | Posted in Public Safety by Texas Government Insider
Angelo State students at computers DIR partners with Angelo State University to improve cybersecurity

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) will partner with Angelo State University (ASU) to operate the pilot Regional Security Operations Center (RSOC) to provide local governments in Texas with cybersecurity. RSOC, which was created with the passing of SB 475 in the 87th Legislative Session, will provide “boots on the ground” support to local […]

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Apr 18th 2022 | Posted in Public Safety by Government Contracting Pipeline
CO wildfire 340x240 Western states to get federal wildfire risk reduction funding

Colorado – The U.S. Forest Service will commit $131 million in initial funding to prescribe wildfire risk reduction treatments for 10 landscapes comprising 208,000 acres in western states. Since releasing its 10-year wildfire strategy earlier this year, the Forest Service and its partners have worked to identify the highest risk landscapes for treatment projects. The Forest […]

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Jan 31st 2022 | Posted in Public Safety by Texas Government Insider
El Paso downtown mountains 340x240 Design build procurements on horizon for El Paso public safety capital projects
El Paso downtown

City staff updated El Paso councilmembers on January 18 on the progress of several public safety capital projects that were part of the successful $413 million bond election in 2019. According to the city’s procurement forecast, it will schedule design-build solicitations for summer 2022 to build a $90.6 million police department headquarters and a $29.6 […]

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Nov 11th 2021 | Posted in Public Safety, Technology by Texas Government Insider
computer hacked WEB 340x240 Study reports Houston area among top targets for cybercriminals

Although Texas ranked in the middle of the pack among states victimized for cybercrime in 2020, the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area was among the metropolises reporting the most cyber identity thefts in the nation, according to a recent study. Beyond Identity assessed the last decade of cybercrime for its study that found 724 reports of […]

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Aug 5th 2021 | Posted in Public Safety by Texas Government Insider
Sherman police station rendering 340x240 Sherman commission paves way for $17M police headquarters construction
Sherman police station rendering

Sherman Planning and Zoning commissioners approved plans and variances on July 20 to move the city’s $17.62 million project to build a new police headquarters one step closer to construction. The proposed site is at 2600 West Travis Street at the southwest corner of Travis Street and Northgate Drive in the Blalock Industrial Park and […]

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Oct 19th 2020 | Posted in Public Safety by Government Contracting Pipeline
FL state trooper patrol car Florida collecting feedback on public safety CAD/RMS systems

Florida – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) released a request for information (RFI) for input on the latest technology for Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management Systems (RMS). FLHSMV is seeking information from vendors regarding available solutions designed and suitable to replace its current CAD/RMS. This RFI is designed to […]

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Jun 19th 2020 | Posted in Public Safety by Texas Government Insider
Laredo Airport rendering2 interior 340x240 Laredo council approves design contract for airport terminal improvement plan
Rendering of Laredo International Airport terminal interior

Laredo City Council approved a design contract for $14 million in improvements to the Laredo International Airport on June 15. The airport’s Terminal Improvements Program includes an addition to the north of the existing building to include a new security checkpoint, consolidated secure exit, and the associated infrastructure impacts incurred by expanding the building. At […]

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Feb 17th 2020 | Posted in Public Safety by Texas Government Insider
Resilient Houston2 340x240 Mayor launches Resilient Houston plan

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner launched Resilient Houston on February 12, a plan to help the city mitigate flooding risks and improve climate readiness. Resilient Houston is a framework for collective action and links existing efforts with new ones that will work collectively to protect Houston against future disasters and chronic stresses such as aging infrastructure, […]

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Oct 25th 2019 | Posted in Public Safety by Government Contracting Pipeline
MyShake app 325x240 California allows public testing of earthquake warning app

California – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the state of California approved statewide public testing of the California Early Earthquake Warning System. The system is powered by the USGS’s early warning alerts, called ShakeAlerts. These alerts will be delivered via the federal Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, as well as through the University of California […]

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Aug 26th 2019 | Posted in Public Safety by Government Contracting Pipeline
firefighter 590669 960 720 340x240 California issues RFI for homeowner disaster recovery software

California – The State of California Department of Technology issued a request for information (RFI) for Owner Occupied Reconstruction (OOR) to assist the state’s Department Housing and Community Development (HCD) in developing a new federally funded program named ReCoverCA. Using the OOR process on, the department plans to provide federal disaster funds to assist homeowners […]

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Jun 12th 2019 | Posted in Public Safety by Government Contracting Pipeline
rikers island 340x240 NYC launches $8.7B jail project to replace Rikers Island facility

New York – Officials at the New York Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are undertaking an $8.7 billion effort to construct four city jails in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx that would allow for the closure of its Rikers Island Jail Complex. DDC recently awarded a contract for program and project management to a joint […]

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Apr 5th 2019 | Posted in Public Safety by wpengine
road closed 2698182 960 720 340x240 FEMA awards more than $20M to DPS

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $20 million to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for providing safety, support and security to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,800 DPS employees including state troopers and criminal investigators as well as communication and aviation operators were deployed to areas affected […]

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Apr 5th 2019 | Posted in Public Safety by wpengine
storm 3736011 960 720 340x240 USACE begins design phase for $1.4B flood project in Norfolk

Virginia– After three years of research, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in partnership with the city of Norfolk, has reached a milestone in the Coastal Storm Risk Management study. The project moves onto the next phase with the approval and signature of Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, chief of engineers and commanding general […]

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Mar 2nd 2018 | Posted in Public Safety by wpengine
high water 2406850 960 720 340x240 Recent floods prompt changes in the elevation of structures

The city of Houston is seeking public feedback through March 5 on whether to approve a new ordinance that would require structures within the 100 or 500-year floodplains to be built 2 feet above the 500-year floodplain. Currently, only developments located within the 100-year floodplain are required to be built one foot above the 100-year […]

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Aug 25th 2017 | Posted in Public Safety by Kristin Gordon
harvey 340x240 Hurricane Harvey is taking Texas by storm

The National Hurricane Center sent out a message this week advising people along the Texas coast to monitor a tropical storm that died on Monday in the central Caribbean, but has gained strength and is predicted to make landfall in the middle of the Texas coast as a Category 3 hurricane sometime this evening or […]

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Jun 2nd 2017 | Posted in Public Safety by Kristin Gordon
key west 81664 960 720 340x240 Watching the weather in Texas and predictions for 2017

May 27 was the anniversary of an uninvited F5 tornado that forced its fury on the town of Jarrell 20 years ago. Rebuilding, renovating and refurbishing structures, bridges and roadways has provided a view of normalcy for those who pass through town on Interstate 35. For those living in Jarrell, the town has been renewed, […]

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