Culver City launches Smart911 system
A new 911 system in Culver City allows residents to set up profiles that provide specific information about medical conditions, location of bedrooms, language preferences and pets.
City officials say the Smart911 database, launched last month, will help 911 operators respond faster and more precisely. It can be connected to a cellphone number or a landline.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/177W97D ) reports Culver City is the only California city to fully deploy the system.
The city paid $25,000 for three years of the service. Officials hope that at least 20 percent of the city's 40,000 residents will create profiles. The database is being advertised on the Police Department's website, and officers will pass out information at neighborhood watch meetings and visit a senior center to encourage people to sign up.
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