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Critical Response Group, Inc. announced that Richard Laverty, former Deputy Branch Commander for Investigations of the New Jersey State Police will lead its public safety implementation efforts. Mr. Laverty’s 26-year career included command assignments at the training academy, as a Troop Commander overseeing field operations in central and southern New Jersey and Commanding Officer of New Jersey’s Regional Operations Intelligence Center, the state’s fusion center. He is a 1993 graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Criminal Justice and received his MA in Education from Seton Hall University.
“Public safety professionals across the country are encountering uncommon challenges where increased situational awareness is critical to their success. Our company realizes the importance of supporting CRG clients and their use of our products in these times, and feel Rich is perfectly suited to lead that effort across the country,” said Phil Coyne, president of CRG. “His extensive background in emergency operations, training and policy development make him uniquely qualified to assume the role of Director of Implementation.”
United States Military Special Operations Force (USSOF) faced the challenge of operating and communicating about unfamiliar locations with diverse groups and nationalities while under stress during counter-terrorism missions. Similar to dynamic emergency situations firefighters and law enforcement officers confront, USSOF deal with chaotic operations and collaborate with partners who may not share a common background.
To solve that problem, USSOF developed a visual communication tool called a Gridded Reference Graphic (GRG) that combined a grid overlay with high-resolution overhead imagery so mission participants could communicate from a site-specific common operating picture. The principles of a GRG were expanded and pivoted for domestic use as a Collaborative Response Graphic, or CRG.
CRGs are built for any facility including schools, places of worship, hospitals, airports, government buildings, prisons, parks, corporate facilities, theme parks, and other critical infrastructure, and are regularly used for pre-planned and emerging events.
Critical Response Group, Inc. is a group of retired United States Military Special Operations personnel, public safety professionals and talented technical experts committed to introducing validated, simple to use and practical tools to first responders which will enhance their planning for, and ultimately their coordination when responding to, any critical incident.
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