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      • A 1000-year flood. Three lives on the line. One act of bravery.

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:30 PM by Tracy Kimbo

        In October 2015, South Carolina experienced a terrifying 1000-year flood. Rain of historic proportions inundated the state for four days. The event caused $12B in damage—22 counties were declared federal disaster areas, countless homes were destroyed, and 17 people lost their lives.

        First responders and good samaritans from all across the state answered the call of duty, helping to evacuate citizens and rescue people trapped by the dangerous waters. Among a sea of heroes, one Trooper’s efforts stood out.

        With Swift Water Rescue teams blocked by road and bridge closures, State Trooper Gabriel M. Colbert took action and put himself at great risk to fulfill his duty. Trooper Colbert braved swift, neck-deep waters, crossing the expanse of a flooded Interstate unaided, to rescue a mother, her two-year-old daughter and an elderly man.

        For his exceptional service, Trooper Colbert was named South Carolina’s Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year. Trooper Colbert and the countless officers across the country who share his integrity, courage and mission, inspire everyone at Motorola Solutions to keep innovating so first responders can be their best in the moments that matter.

        We’re forever grateful to the men and women who fulfill their duty when we need them most. Help us honor them by telling their stories with the hashtag #DutyRunsDeep. For every post, the Motorola Solutions Foundation will donate $1 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Together these funds honor officers who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and provide resources to families trying to rebuild their lives.

        Tracy Kimbo is Director of Law Enforcement Marketing for Motorola Solutions



        Trooper Gabriel M. Colbert: The “1,000 Year Flood” Rescue - YouTube

      • What do 5 Myths, Cloud Ninjas, and the Golden State have in Common? Find out at IACP!

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:30 PM by Tracy Kimbo
        • Law Enforcement
        • Cloud

         Motorola Solutions and our cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) are gearing up to travel to San Diego for the 2016 IACP Annual Conference, October 15-18, 2016.

        Cloud technology is becoming the new normal in many industries, including the justice and public safety community. We are seeing more police departments in the U.S. and around the globe move their mission-critical applications and data to the cloud.

        To address any remaining questions you may have about the cloud, AWS will have Cloud Ninjas at IACP in our booth #3826 to de-bunk myths, including the following:

        Myth: The cloud is not secure.
        True? No.
        Fact: Security is our top priority, and our cloud infrastructure has been architected to be the most flexible, automated, and secure computing environment available today.

        Myth: The cloud is only for storage
        True? No.
        Fact: More than 2,300 government, 7,000
        education and 22,000 nonprofit organizations of all sizes use AWS to build applications, host websites, harness big data, store information, conduct research, improve online access for citizens, and more.

        Myth: The cloud is not CJIS compliant.
        True? No.
        Fact: AWS complies with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) standard. We sign CJIS security agreements with our customers, and law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of our rich security automation tools for greater visibility to move faster and meet CJIS security requirements. Learn more about CJIS here.

        Myth: The cloud does not produce cost savings.
        True? No.
        Fact: AWS provides cloud services on a pay-as-you-go model, delivering access to the most up-to-date technology resources. Simply access AWS services over the internet, with no upfront costs (no capital investment), and pay only for the computing resources that you use, as your needs scale. By using AWS’s inexpensive and highly scalable infrastructure technology, organizations around the world can stop paying for computing power they aren’t using – and receive more mission for their money.

        Myth: If I put my data in the cloud, I will no longer have control of it.
        True? No.

        Fact: The AWS Cloud actually allows for more control through a more accurate, more agile depiction of data in near real-time. With one click, you can get any information you need about an instance: who launched it, where they launched it from, how long it’s been running, what applications it’s running and with what data. Cloud gives you extreme control.

        For more information about the cloud right now, read “In Cloud We (Should) Trust” featuring insights from Bill Murray, senior manager of security programs at AWS for more myth debunking. But also, please come to us about any other questions you may have about the cloud at IACP at our booth, #3826.

        We also look forward to showing you all the cloud-enabled solutions we have this year on display ranging from crime and investigative analytics to common operating pictures and digital evidence management.

        Watch for us featured on IACPtv with AWS and Socrata. Also, follow us on Twitter @MotoSolutions with #IACP2016 and #cloudninja. We’ll also be live streaming throughout, so make sure to watch out for that on Twitter as well.

        If you would like to schedule time to meet with one of the AWS Cloud Ninjas while at the IACP Conference, please contact the AWS Public Sector lead, Mike Wagers at

        Tracy Kimbo is Director of Public Safety Marketing for Motorola Solutions

      • 2016’s Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:30 PM by Tracy Kimbo

         Every year the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and Motorola Solutions award the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year (WoLEEY) Award to a NAWLEE member who has made sustained and significant contributions to the field of law enforcement over the course of her career. This year’s WoLEEY recipient, Assistant Chief Katherine A. Perez exemplifies the strength, courage and dedication to her profession that inspires female law enforcement executives around the nation.

        Assistant Chief Perez has dedicated her life to the service of her country, county and community. Since the age of 14, when she was part of the Police Explorer Program within the Hartford Police Department she has wanted to be a police officer and serve as a positive example in her community.

        She began her professional career with the Connecticut Army National Guard in Hartford, Connecticut as a Military Police Officer with the 143rd Military Police Company. This experience provided her with valuable training and resources which she used to fuel her subsequent education and law enforcement career. Upon completion of Basic and Military Police Training, she returned to Hartford and joined the Hartford Police Department as a patrol officer in 1983. In 1991 she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where she oversaw daily patrol operations. In 1995, she was promoted again, this time to the rank of Lieutenant where she served as the Commander of the Youth and Family Services Division within the Investigative Services Bureau, where she managed the investigations into crimes committed by and against children. In 2001 she was once again promoted, this time to the rank of Captain. She commanded both the Investigative Services Bureau, as well as the Operations Support Bureau before retiring in April of 2004 after over 20 years of service to the citizens of Hartford.

        In 2006, Assistant Chief Perez went back into service and was selected from a nationwide search to start the first City of Bowie Police Department in Bowie, Maryland. Under her leadership the Bowie Police Department grew to 52 sworn members and 6 civilian personnel. In late 2010, Katherine Perez accepted the Assistant Chief position with the Federal Reserve Police in Washington, D.C. where she provides her outstanding leadership and expertise to over 150 sworn and civilian members of the Law Enforcement Unit at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

        Throughout her remarkable career, Assistant Chief Perez has been driven by the desire to be a positive force in the lives of others. Having grown up in difficult circumstances herself, she dedicated her career to bettering the experience of children going through similar experiences. She strove to be a good role model and is proof that hard work, even in the face of insurmountable odds, really does pay off.

        Motorola Solutions is proud to honor Assistant Chief Perez and the countless other female law enforcement executive who dedicate their lives to serving their communities.

        Learn more about NAWLEE’s annual conference the the WoLEEY award here.

        Tracy Kimbo is Manager of Law Enforcement Solutions at Motorola Solutions.




      • Trooper Of The Year 2016

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:30 PM by Tracy Kimbo

         Every year Motorola teams up with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)’s State and Provincial Police Division to honor exemplary men and women serving their communities with the Annual Trooper of the Year Award.Troopers from around the country are nominated by their agencies for rising to the occasion and, often, for putting their lives in danger to secure the safety of others.

        At the annual banquet on April 1, four extraordinary troopers’ stories were told. Their acts of valor include a keen eye to apprehend drug traffickers, wading into treacherous waters to save a drowning teenager, swimming to save the lives of two individuals in a submerged vehicle, and a risky pursuit of an active shooter.

        This year’s award was given to Trooper Donald Atkinson of the New York State Police for his heroic efforts saving a 14-year old girl who had been pulled into the in-take of a local dam while swimming. When Trooper Atkinson saw the panicked cries of the girl's friends, and heard the girl's screams coming from the in-take, he entered the water without a second thought. Once closer to the in-take, he felt the current pull his own feet out from underneath him and could not save her from the water on his own. He stayed with the girl and kept her spirits high until back-up arrived. The girl was choking on the rough waters, and he learned later that the walls were completely smooth and there was nothing for the girl to hold on to for safety. Without his actions, she would have likely given up and drowned that day. Major James Barnes, New York State Police Troop C Commander noted that “This went above and beyond the call of duty…[Trooper Atkinson] put his own life in danger to save the individual."

        This award is representative of the countless acts of bravery that state troopers exhibit everyday that go unnoticed by the masses. The Trooper of the Year honor pays tribute to the predominantly thankless job held by those who take it upon themselves to keep their communities safe. This is just a small thank you to the first responders who are at their best in the moments that matter.

        See the nominee’s stories here:

        Trooper Donald Atkinson, New York State Police

        Trooper First Class Brian Screws, Georgia Department of Public Safety

        Trooper Krzysztof Piotrowski, Illinois State Police

        Trooper James Tedder, South Dakota Highway Patrol

        Tracy Kimbo is the Manager of Law Enforcement Solutions at Motorola Solutions

      • Women in Law Enforcement are an Inspiring Group

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:28 PM by Tracy Kimbo

        Last week I was able to spend time at the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) conference hosted by the University of Connecticut Police Department in Hartford CT. It was inspiring to be around so many successful female executives in law enforcement to hear their challenges and learn from their experiences.


        In 2013, the US Department of Justice reported that only 13% of all law enforcement officers are women and these numbers have not changed much over the past few years. The goal of NAWLEE is to network, mentor and challenge women to take leadership roles in their agencies. Each year the conference recognizes one outstanding officer as Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year, an award co-sponsored by NAWLEE and Motorola Solutions. This year the committee honored Major Dawn Layman, a phenomenally dedicated public safety executive, passionate about helping law enforcement personnel, especially women, to advance their careers.

        Major Layman began her career as a police officer in Pennsylvania in 1989, moving to the Lenexa Police Department in 1993. Today, she is the Division Commander for the Lenexa Police Staff Services department which includes technology, dispatch, technical services, property and evidence, and public service officers. Dawn is honored to be part of the Lenexa Police Department (LPD) and to have been given the many opportunities to excel in her career. She is proud of the men and women of LPD and feels it is truly a blessing to work with such a great team on a daily basis.

        NAWLEE_v2.pngTwenty years ago, as a two-year patrol officer, Dawn was invited to her first NAWLEE conference. It was an exciting time for her as she met female law enforcement leaders, attended seminars, networked and set forth to be a leader of change. Today, NAWLEE is a better organization because of her leadership. As NAWLEE President (2011-2012) Dawn initiated the first truly strategic plan, recruited new members and inspired women to advance in their careers. Currently she is Chair of the Mentoring committee, a position she holds near and dear to her core values of relationship building, teamwork, career development and coaching.

        In her home town of Lenexa, Kansas, Major Layman instituted a mentoring program matching new hires with personnel two ranks higher. After the program showed successful results for law enforcement personnel, the vision was carried forth to a city wide mentoring program for all Lenexa municipal workers. In addition to mentoring, Dawn introduced a professional development program to the Lenexa police department. It has helped countless officers to take control of their careers.

        At the 2015 NAWLEE conference Major Layman also spoke on the topic of Implementing body worn camera systems after helping Lenexa PD to introduced body worn cameras to every sworn officer and many of the code enforcement personnel and some fire fighters.

        Congratulations to Major Dawn Layman. She exemplifies everything the Woman of the Year Award stands for: leading change, leading people, building coalitions, driving results and building the next generation of female law enforcement executives.

        To nominate an individual for next year’s award please visit NAWLEE or send an email to

        Tracy Kimbo is Manager of Law Enforcement Solutions at Motorola Solutions.

      • National Police Week: Honoring the Fallen

        Published Dec 09 2016, 9:28 PM by Tracy Kimbo

        Sometimes, safety comes at a price. This week, we observe National Police Week in Washington DC. Over 25,000 people join together in the nation’s capitol to honor the 900,000 lawNational Polie Week.jpg enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to keep our cities safe, and to remember the more than 20,000 officers who have fallen in the line of duty. This week is filled with engaging events, including the 20th annual LawRide, National Police Survivors’ Conference, and 36th Annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service. As a long-time supporter of this important week and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Motorola Solutions is honored to participate in the 27th Candlelight Vigil. We honor the men and women who lost their lives, and on May 13, the names of 273 fallen officers were etched in the memorial wall. This event makes us all take a step back from our daily routines and really think about the sacrifice that our law enforcement officers make everyday to keep our cities safe.

        Since John F Kennedy declared May 15th to be Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the surrounding week as National Police Week, the event has grown into a gathering of memory for the fallen, and support for veterans and those still serving. In addition to participation during this week in May, Motorola Solutions and the Motorola Solutions Foundation continues support for law enforcement officers year round, and is a Corporate Partner of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

        For more information on National Police Week and how you can support, please visit their site.

        Tracy Kimbo is Manager of Law Enforcement Solutions at Motorola Solutions.

        Photo courtesy of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

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