Nov 8: Courtesy Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate

First up, this morning I received an email from Dr. David Boyd who is the Director of Interoperability and Director, Technology Transfer for DHS. Dr. Boyd has had a very distinguished career and who has been a real promoter of Public Safety Communications. Below is an excerpt from his email and as you can see he has contributed to many different issues over the years:

“Over the past 45 years I completed a military career and for the past 22 years have led some magnificent teams in developing technologies that have made a real difference for first responders. We created the Office of Science and Technology in the National Institute of Justice and had it written into law, and did the same with the Office of Interoperability and Compatibility. We built all but six of the 132 DNA laboratories in the United States, so there is now one or more in every state and territory. We initiated the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence that set the foundation for the use of DNA in this country. We developed the backscatter x-ray systems in use in our airports and strengthened the standards for airport metal detectors (sorry about those), changed the interoperability culture in the public safety community, and developed genuinely interoperable technologies – the multi-band radio, most of the patch systems in use, ROW-B (now at NORTHCOM) and the interoperability continuum adopted throughout the U.S. as well as by Canada, the UK, and Australia. We created the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, still supporting practitioners and created the nation’s largest corrections technology demonstration that still takes place every year. We completed the first successful cross-border, seamless, real time information exchanges (CAUSE II) with Canada and did it without making anyone buy new equipment or change applications or business processes. We created and made a national institution of the SAFECOM program, moved the P25 standards along, created the Common Alerting Protocol now in use everywhere, and defined data exchange protocol standards for emergency and law enforcement data. We initiated the first national interoperable information sharing system (Virtual USA), the first national alerting system (CMAS, now called WEA) that goes directly to modern digital devices (e.g., smart phones). We saved the body armor program at Justice, created the first national investigative guides (homicides, burglaries, arson, etc.) regularly referred to by the courts. We conducted the first study of the exoneration through DNA of persons who served years before the new technology could exonerate them, and we changed – through our studies of why convictions had gone wrong – how eyewitness evidence was collected, validated, and assessed. We conducted the study of pepper spray that confirmed its safety and protected its use by law enforcement, developed and commercialized COPLINK (now in use in just about every law enforcement agency in the country), and commercialized dozens of other technologies now in common use by first responders”.

As you can see Dr. Boyd has lead many projects which have benefited not only Public Safety but also many other areas. He will be missed and I know that he will continue to follow our progress even from his well deserved retirement. I have learned a lot over the years from Dr. Boyd and wish him well.

I hope to see many of you in Boulder next week for the PSCR meeting.


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