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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Boston bombings could have been much more devastating

  • During the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, two bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. EDT, killing 3 people and injuring 282 others. The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 210 yards apart near the finish line of the race.
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  • During the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, two bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. EDT, killing 3 people and injuring 282 others. The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 210 yards apart near the finish line of the race.
     
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation, and on April 18, released photographs and video of two suspects. They were identified that day, with help from the public, as brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
    Shortly after the release of the photos, the suspects allegedly killed an MIT police officer, carjacked an SUV, and engaged in a shootout with the police in Watertown, Mass., during which an MBTA police officer was critically injured and Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally injured.
    During that exchange of gunfire, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was injured but escaped, and an unprecedented manhunt ensued, with thousands of police searching a 20-block area of Watertown.
     
    On April 19, the authorities asked residents of Watertown and surrounding areas, including Boston, to stay indoors, and the public transportation system and most businesses and public institutions were shut down, resulting in a deserted urban environment of historic size and duration. That evening, Dzhokhar was arrested and taken to a hospital after he was found hiding around 7 p.m. in Watertown, just outside the police perimeter.
    Dzhokhar was charged on April 22, while still confined to a hospital bed, with use of a weapon of mass destruction, and with malicious destruction of property resulting in death. Additional charges are expected. What an amazing week! I wanted to take a moment to commend the law enforcement stronghold that took a devastating act of violence from inception to conclusion in only seven short days!
     
    Considering the scope of the investigation and the international course this could have followed, I am amazingly impressed with the swiftness and thoroughness of the investigation and the successful conclusion to the threat that have could have been much more devastating. Great job to all!
    Tuesday was a milestone in the history of the Rolla Police Department, in that this was the day that we adopted a new in-house computer aided dispatch system (XCAD), as well as a new records management system (XRMS) that will replace the dated IBM AS400 system that went into service in 1994. The new system is a Windows based computer system developed by Archonix Systems based in New Jersey.
     
    This system will be shared by all law enforcement agencies serviced by Central Communications. To date the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, St. James Police Department and Missouri S&T Police Department are on board with the new system. This will allow information and data sharing among the participating agencies. The Archonix Systems Company has conducted training to all our personnel and has also sent a team here to assist in the transition to the new system.
    Page 2 of 2 - I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest member to the Rolla Police Family by introducing Carlie Borders. Carlie has accepted a position as telecommunicator in Central Communications. Carlie, who was raised in the Rolla/Doolittle area is currently undergoing a demanding and intense 16 week training session where she will learn the complex, but rewarding duties of a police telecommunicator.
     
    Carlie comes to us with a background in the medical field as she was employed at PCRMC Emergency Room as a Registration Team Member and is certified as an EMT/B. She also holds certifications as Fire I and II, Hazmat and Operations. Carlie is also a volunteer firefighter for the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District. Welcome aboard!
    Have a great week!

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