County’s 9-1-1 Center Launches the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP)

Prince George’s County is 1st in State of Maryland utilizing this new life-saving technology

Upper Marlboro, MD – This week, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was notified that Prince George’s County became the FIRST Maryland Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) to launch and utilize the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) system. The ASAP Program is a new service that has been in design and testing phases for over a year. The ASAP service provides a direct alarm company information exchange between the County’s Motorola Premier One Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system and the alarm system monitoring company. This direct connection will result in immediate receipt of data from the alarm monitoring center; thereby, reducing processing time for alarm activations.

“I am proud that Prince George’s County will be the first jurisdiction in Maryland with this critical lifesaving technology,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “The Automated Secure Alarm Protocol system will also reduce alarm activation related telephone calls into and out of the 9-1-1 center by nearly 250,000 to 275,000 per year. This data exchange process will allow the highly trained 9-1-1 call takers to concentrate on processing incoming emergency 9-1-1 calls in a more efficient and effective manner. This will help save lives, protect property and reduce emergency incident response times. Our Public Safety Communications operation is one of the most advanced in the nation and our investments in these technologies allow us to help protect and save the lives of our residents.”

County Executive Baker has made Public Safety for Prince George’s County one of the top priorities of his Administration. County Executive Baker hopes that this technology will lead the way for other PSAP units within the State of Maryland to achieve the high standard expected of the County’s 9-1-1 center operations.

ASAP, launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, is designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of calls for service from alarm companies to PSAPs. The ASAP service utilizes ANSI standard protocols developed cooperatively by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and The Monitoring Association (TMA). Vector Security was the first alarm company to go live with Prince George’s County.

“Prince George’s County is very appreciative of Vector Security’s support and work in helping us bring this new technology to our citizens,” said Charlynn Flaherty, Director, for the Prince George’s County’s Emergency Communications Center. “I want to thank County Executive Baker for his leadership, dedication and investment in technology for the County’s Emergency Communications Center and the operations that support our heroic first responders.”

Additional alarm companies quickly followed Vector Security. Rapid Response also went live with Prince George’s County in the afternoon of March 21, 2018. Protection One, Monitronics and Guardian Protection, are a few of the progressive, service oriented alarm companies scheduled to go live in the upcoming days. We expect that to be followed by ADT on or about May 8, 2018 as well as other alarm companies with Prince George’s County customers.

For more information regarding the ASAP to PSAP services, please contact Prince George’s County’s 9-1-1 Center Director, Charlynn Flaherty, on 301-352-1485 or CFFlaherty@co.pg.md.us.

Property Tax Update – Press Conference Wednesday, October 4th @ noon

To:  King Forest residents and all homeowners in Prince George’s County

From: Charles A. Brown
Sent:
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Subject: {district2community} Fwd: Property Tax Update – Press Conf Wed., Oct 4th @ noon

Dear Neighbors,

By now, we have all received our recent Property Tax Bill in the mail.  Yes, our property taxes did increase.  Here’s why:

1.  The state’s assessment of the value of our homes increased.  This is good news as the County is seeing its housing market recover from the 2008 housing crisis, and our property values are rising!

2.  The County did increase our property beyond what Section 813 of the County’s Charter allows. This was illegal.
You may recall the outrage that most residents hadin 2015 when the current administration wanted double digit percentage increases in our property taxes.  The County Council heard our plea and reduced that proposed increase, but still raised our taxes beyond what Tax Reform Initiative by Marylanders – TRIM – allows ($0.96 per $100 assessed value) without voter approval.  Simply put, we should have voted on this tax increase during November 2016 general elections; it was not one of the 7 Questions on the ballot, BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

HERE IS THE UPDATE:  Several citizens who are members of the watchdog group, PG Tax Watch, filed a lawsuit for against the County for failure to seek voter referendum for the property tax increase.  The County twice filed Motions to Dismiss the lawsuit, but both were denied.  The latest denial came last week so the case is going to trial this fall.

A press conference on this development in favor of County taxpayers is being held this

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at noon at the

County Administration Building

in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Please join us if you are available.  More importantly, PG Tax Watch needs your support in its legal team’s advocacy.  You can donate to the legal defense by visiting the website: PG Tax Watch. 

Please share this email with your neighbors.

(By the way, my view is that incremental increase over the years consistent with TRIM would have been just as beneficial, and the financial impact felt less.)

Staying engaged and keeping you informed and educated,

Tamara Davis Brown