Bellevue, Nebraska – In a pioneering move to bolster community safety, the Bellevue Police Department (BPD) is adopting an innovative technological solution: the Whelen Cloud Platform. This new technology is designed to alert drivers to approaching emergency police vehicles, thereby preventing potential accidents and enhancing road safety.
The Whelen Cloud Platform interfaces with popular navigation systems found in mobile devices and car infotainment units. As Sgt. Shaun Manning of Bellevue Police explained, “It will alert you anywhere from point one to point five miles away from the actual scene itself.” The alert is seamlessly integrated with apps like Waze and Apple CarPlay, making it accessible for a vast number of drivers.
The BPD took the lead in Nebraska by installing the new system in three of their cruisers a month ago, a development they shared with their community via social media. While the technology is still in its nascent stage, the BPD has plans to further incorporate it into additional cruisers based on its efficacy.
The driving force behind this initiative is twofold: to safeguard civilian drivers by notifying them of an approaching emergency cruiser in a timely manner and to facilitate law enforcement operations. As Sgt. Manning points out, this technology allows the BPD to “focus more on where we’re going and what we need to do when we get there” without constantly adjusting siren tones to alert nearby drivers.
While the Whelen Cloud Platform underscores Bellevue’s position at the vanguard of technological advancements in policing, the BPD emphasizes that their core mission remains unchanged: ensuring public safety. However, despite the introduction of this system, the police department continues to urge the public to maintain vigilance, always being cognizant of their surroundings, especially in the presence of emergency vehicles.