Tuesday, June 2, 2009

No Phones, No Radios, No Computers

http://www.mercurynews.com/localnewsheadlines/ci_12106300

A cyber attack on an American city. Is your city ready? Can your agency survive without computers? Can you survive without phones? How about without radio? What is your back up plan if all the high tech stuff just shuts off one day because someone hacks your computer system or knocks out a server? How about if they hit a repeater on the hill that has all your city radio antennas on it?

If your phones go out, will your radios still work? If your systems go down can you contact your officers by their personal cell phones? Are there neighboring agencies that can lend you communications gear? Will the pay phones in your area still work? Are their other agencies at your level of government that still have communications? Sometimes the buses or city crews or even parks and recreation have radios that might still work.

How about private companies? Are there security companies or taxi services that can still operate? If your communications don't work, you need to field every officer you can get, so the public can flag you down and report crimes. You need to be highly visible. You need as many cars on the street as you can get, so one officer cars may be better. Planning is still your best solution; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

No radios = No supervisors.

No supervisors = No micro management.

No micro management = Happy Cops.

Happy Cops = Happier public.

Where's the down side?

Bunkermeister said...

Okay, I will give you that there could be an upside for some folks.