The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) have entered into a new strategic partnership with Critical Response Group (CRG), aimed at revolutionizing first responder emergency scenario planning and response.
Leveraging the hard-fought lessons learned by our military’s most elite Special Operation forces during the global war on terror, Critical Response Group, Inc. transforms written emergency operations plans into highly-usable, GeoRelevant™ (SMART) visual plans known as Collaborative Response Graphics™.
These plans are then made available to first responders through a secure, web based application on their smart phones/devices or computers.
That application allows first responders to visualize their location on the actual plan, and incident commanders to better coordinate the scene because assets can be tracked in real time.
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A plan is only as good as its ability to be accessed, understood and implemented by personnel who are on scene during an incident.
All too often, when an emergency strikes a school, place of worship or privately owned building, well thought out plans go unused or underutilized simply because critical information is often buried in a written document which is not accessible to the first responders.
CRG is solving this long-standing challenge by creating easily understood, geospatially accurate Collaborative Response Graphics™.
At their core, they are one page visual emergency response SMARTplans.
While for years schools and most commercial entities have been required by law to have emergency action plans, until now those plans often sat in seldom-viewed three-ring binders instead of in the hands of first responders and safety professionals responding to an emergency at that location.
Because geospatial metadata is imbedded in every pixel of a Collaborative Response Graphic™, first responders using any hand held smart device to view the plan will instantly visualize themselves on that plan.
That allows for a common frame of reference and true situational awareness between all first responders, regardless of the agency or emergency discipline that they represent.
“Everyone talks about the need and desire to be on the same page, what we are doing with the NJSACOP is creating that page,” said Phil Coyne, CEO of Critical Response Group, Inc.
Working in partnership with the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Critical Response Group, Inc. has embarked upon a project to assist police departments, school districts and emergency planners in developing a unique, truly interoperable and accessible means with which to plan and respond to critical events.
Critical Response Group’s Collaborative Response Graphics are already in use in select school districts, commercial buildings, and transportation hubs throughout the United States.
They have proven to be effective planning and response tools at events ranging from crime scenes to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Critical Response Group, formerly the Geospatial Intelligence Division of The Rodgers Group, is a team of dedicated, experienced and proven professionals from the U.S. Military Special Operations and domestic public safety communities.
Members of our team have served as Police Chiefs, SWAT team commanders, Fire Chiefs, Emergency Management Coordinators, Fusion Center Directors and former members of the U.S. Military Special Operations Command who have served on numerous tours in combat.
They have a proven record of success operating in environments ranging from the war on terror overseas to man-made and natural disasters here at home. For Further Information, call 732.779.4393 or
To learn more about the project, please see the link below to a white paper authored by Chief Michael Bruno (Ret.) of the Tenafly Police Department which further explains the technique which has been used for more than ten years, to plan and coordinate operations by our Nation’s most elite military forces.
To register for one of the projects regional training seminars scheduled to begin in March, please check back with the Professional Development Division of the NJSACOP in February go to http://www.njsacop.org/content.asp?pl=18&contentid=18