911 system has problems

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I do not want to give my name or city because then it would be easy to trace the person who gave me this information. The sysop to whom I am sending this post will verify I am a trusted oldtimer. [Poster is trustworthy and ancient - Sysop.]

My friend, a 911 supervisor wrote this: "We have discovered a bit of a glitch in our CAD system. New 2000 CAD entries are likely to show up anywhere in the system between 1999 and 1992, most often between 1992 and 1993. We are having to scroll through 6 years of calls to find the calls created in 2000. They are working on this problem."

Hence, a police officer sent on a call may not know about recent calls to that location. This is important because the person at that address might be known to carry a weapon or have made threats against or fight with police officers. "They are working on the problem"--and we're on the fourth day into the rollover. This problem has not bene reported anywhere that I know of.

-- Oldtimer (don't.want@no.trouble), January 04, 2000


Freakish indeed. Here's my question, perhaps you can check with your friend -- does he or she (or anyone reading this thing) know if there is a standard hardware/software CAD package used by all or most 911 services in the States? Or is it up to each local network?

-- Ned Raggett (ned@kuci.org), January 04, 2000.

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