We understand that most local and county public safety agencies are just getting started using GIS, and many haven't even begun. Since the drive to use GIS often comes from the management and operations level responders, guidance and support are required to get going in the right direction. In response, NAPSG has established a team of technical experts to provide the following Technical Assistance (TA) Services at the request of local, state, and tribal public safety agencies. NAPSG's technical experts are mostly active public safety & GIS practitioners and are located in different regions throughout the U.S.
GIS solutions vary and each public safety agency needs to look at their unique challenges and needs slightly differently when implementing GIS. As such, NAPSG's Technical Assistance Services are tailored to meet your agency's unique needs. In some cases we can provide basic mentorship with an expert free of charge. In other cases, an agency may need a greater level of Technical Assistance (and time commitment) that requires service fees so that we can provide the necessary technical and subject matter expertise.
Technical Assistance Services
- Requirements Gathering & Strategic Planning - NAPSG has a proven methodology to support local public safety agencies in the requirements gathering process and in GIS & technology planning.
- Resource Procurement Guidance - NAPSG provides TA services in conducting agency-wide needs assessments for GIS. This also includes guidance on hardware and software procurement and funding strategies.
- GIS Implementation & Data Development - This service area includes: the development of standard operating procedures; guidance to managers on GIS-focused policies; development of data sets (sometimes involving GPS data collection in your jurisdiction); and beyond.
- Information Sharing Initiatives - TA services in this area are tailored to the needs of the agencies and/or jurisdictions that are seeking to establish GIS-based information sharing capabilities. This often involved a requirements gather process, evaluation of existing capabilities, and a strategy for technical systems integration and data fusion.
- Analytical Studies for Public Safety Operations - Agencies without in-house GIS capabilities often require outside technical assistance to carry out analytical studies on their operations that have involve geospatial analysis. This includes but is not limited to: response time analysis, crime analysis, communications center effectiveness analysis, agency efficiency analysis, and beyond.