August 2019

A Message from Phil Coyne, President of CRG

We want to express our gratitude for all the positive feedback we received after our July 2019 Newsletter was released. Over the past month we enhanced our company profile by establishing additional strategic relationships with State Chief Associations in Virginia and Illinois and expanded our relationship in Wisconsin. CRG were used to provide security for events drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators, like the Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning and the Elkhart County Indiana 4-H Fair. As I noted in our last Newsletter, we want our clients to have a sense of comfort that when working with Critical Response Group they know we are collaborating with the right people to ensure the products we provide are relevant to the public safety community.

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CRGs in use in real-world public safety operations

As the tragic events of the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California reveal, large public events pose a unique security challenge for first responders. Critical Response Group was grateful for the opportunity to support the Readington Township Police Department during the 37th Annual Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot-air balloon and music festival in North America. We are also grateful to support the Elkhart County Sheriffs Office during the annual Elkhart County Indiana 4-H Fair, one of the largest 4-H fairs in the country. 

The Readington Township Police Department in Hunterdon County, NJ utilizes CRGs and GXP to provide security for the 37th Annual Quick Check New Jersey Balloon Festival. This event, the largest of its kind, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. Chief Grecco and Lieutenant Dewire of the Readington Township PD run an extremely professional and organized security operation to ensure their guests’ safety, along with the support of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s, Sheriff’s Office, and other municipal departments.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in Elkhart County, Indiana uses CRGs and GXP to provide security during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. This is one of the largest 4-H fairs in the country, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. We are proud to support the efforts of Sheriff Siegel, Chief Holmes, and Captain Culp in their efforts to ensure a safe experience for all visitors. The event is scheduled for July 24 – August 1, 2020.

Check it out here:

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In the News

Bergen County, NJ. The first annual report of the Bergen County Safe Schools Task Force was released this spring and it recommended that “CRG mapping should be done as soon as practical.” For news coverage of the report, click here.

To read the Task Force’s findings, click here.

Kilgore, Texas. We are excited to begin mapping schools in Texas!

To read more about Kilgore Independent School District’s recent acquisition of CRG mapping on their campuses, click here!

Client Spotlight: Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, WI

Dane County, WI. Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) integrated their CRGs into their district’s camera management system, which will further expedite emergency response times and situational awareness for first responders.

To read more about the MCPASD and how they have integrated their maps into other security measures on their campuses, click here!

Welcome to Our Newest 911eye Clients!

To learn more about 911eye, click here!

Partner Spotlight: Stonegate Associates (SGA)

SGA offers a holistic approach to security and risk management services across all spectrums. Working with senior administrators and general staff, their team – applies smart practices to ensure that vulnerabilities are identified early; that risk analysis, monitoring and response capabilities are proven effective; that operational security planning is thorough and firmly embedded into the culture and business model.

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Where Was CRG this Month?

Critical Response Group CEO Frank Rodgers (left) at the APCO International 2019 Conference in Maryland!

Join in Chicago October 26-29, 2019 for the 126th IACP Annual Conference .

Critical Response Group President Phil Coyne attended the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police Summer Conference on July 29, 2019, and discussed the strategic partnership with their Association and the status of projects across their state.

CTO Ethan Killeen and CRG Product Manager Joe Ratner had a great time taking part in the 6th Annual Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation Salmon Fishing Derby on Lake Michigan on August 2, 2019. CRG then attended the WI Chiefs of Police Summer Conference in Green Bay from August 4-7, 2019.

We’ve Got CRGs, Now What?

In April of 2019, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness declared CRGs a protective measures best practice. Many of your school districts or jurisdictions have already embraced this best practice and have acquired (or are in the process of acquiring) CRGs for your school building(s) and/or other critical infrastructure. Now that you’re following that best practice by having CRGs, what are some of the best practices for actually using them?

by Keith Germain, Executive Vice President of CRG and
Chief of Police of the Barnegat Police Department, Ocean County NJ

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