5.5 minutes is the average time it takes to check one’s voicemail. Take out the trash. Pay a bill online. And 5.5 minutes is the average length of a high speed chase in the United States. A great deal of situations, both good and bad, can occur in 5.5 minutes, from suspects apprehended without incident, to lives lost from major collisions. It is estimated that 1/3 of all pursuits end in a crash, with 10,000 people injured yearly, and killing 6301 suspects, 140 officers, and 2456 bystanders since the 90’s.
With these staggering numbers, make sure your department has the peace of mind it deserves by keeping informed and updated with the best in class tools supplied by Rural First GPS tracking.
While other GPS tracking solutions compete in the market with bottom of the basement pricing, most update the data of vehicles on the road every 5 minutes, losing the precious information between the beginning of a pursuit and final moments.
Don’t spend your money on a product that has the same amount of data you could get before you had a solution to begin with.
Rural First’s second by second mapping updates, with our patented HALO system, is the only solution that will show everything you need, from the pursuit vehicles idle time to the constant fluctuations of speed that occur during all pursuits.
This feature is a proven benefit of Rural First as multiple sheriff, police and highway patrol that currently use our GPS solutions find the information a life saver both in maintaining department vehicles and as evidence in court cases.
With Rural First’s easy to use and even easier to read layout, your department will know immediately all the details in all situations. Unlike most GPS tracking solutions on the market.
Rural First does not over-complicate our software with unwieldy charts, graphs and diagrams.
We give you the cleanest layout with only the information you need to keep your department running effectively.
But Rural First is not just great for high speed pursuits, but everything your officers do daily, as our informative and customizable HALO system gives the status of all your vehicles, whether they are patrolling an area, sitting idle or coming back from a location.
In addition, Rural First GPS solutions and HALO system is also a great product for government agencies that manage any vehicles including snow plows, mowers, and equipment, keeping you in-the-know on what your employees are doing or if your vehicle is being tampered with.
Visit ruralfirst.com or call to setup a demonstration to see what Rural First can do for you, after all, a great deal of situations can occur in 5.5 minutes.
During an impromptu meeting recently, Robb Woolsey, CEO of Rural First, and myself were discussing culture development within a company’s infrastructure and how important a trust in your team, as a small business owner, is so important. Great leadership teams create the culture, and that culture, when developed properly is key to attracting great talent. New strategies within Rural First are now being implemented to create one of the best cultures in our industry, and that focus is on making Rural First a great place to work. Because that is what a business is. It’s people. Although the initiative is in it’s early stages, I’d like to touch on four areas we are developing.
First and foremost, keep hiring great people for the leadership team. Robb’s the captain; his team drives the ship and keeps it afloat. It is important at Rural First that we select those with vision. They don’t just think for themselves, but for everyone. Like before, a business is people, so the teams need to think selflessly, not selfishly. “What’s In It For Me” doesn’t exist in a leadership team, because the building of a great culture within will return much greater rewards, both financially and socially, through the hard work of developing a great place for great people to work.
The Rural First leadership team is currently meeting regularly to create new policies that are employee benefit focused. Not just pay, but about the things employees can appreciate as soon as they join our family. Things like times for personal development, flexible schedules and other concepts to make employee satisfaction a reality.
These policies I mentioned are nothing if they are not documented. Who we are as a company needs to be seen, by everyone in Rural First, and externally as well. It’s more than a business plan. It’s our identity. What do we stand for? Why are here?
As we move forward, the team at Rural First is defining those things through a plan to create Living Documents that include core values, a rich company overview, employee handbooks, sales procedures, and training materials that will come together to become Rural First’s Policies and Procedures. A set of guiding principles that will lead, develop and change as Rural First grows.
Located in The eFactory within the downtown area of Springfield, MO, it is easy to get wrapped up in the social calendar of networking groups and to forget the bigger picture. Tunnel vision is not productive, nor does it give you a good sense of the world around you. Rural First is dedicated to expanding it’s reach, both in giving back to the community it is located in and going further out to the communities that use our products.
A Rural First initiative to expand our reach is in place, and in just the next few weeks we have exciting news about a relationship Rural First is forging with a local university to help develop important skills of some talented students. Other plans are also in the works and this new dedication to give back will benefit our internal employees but also reflect CEO Robb Woolsey’s endearing belief that we have a responsibility to do so.
You are only as good your word. It is easy to say we are doing these things, only to drop the ball. Mistakes happen. Not everything works. But be smart about it. Failure rarely comes from working hard and doing what you promised. Failure comes from not listening to your team. Failure comes from not listening. Failure comes from not planning. Failure comes from not following through.
We promise at Rural First, to work hard both for our employees but also for you, the customer. We promise to follow through and do what we set out to do. Most importantly, we promise not to fail, because we are going plan, work hard and make the culture at Rural First a place where great work is done by great people.
Every morning my loving husband points out the money I’m throwing out the window by starting my vehicle before I get ready, and I have to say this is one of the few times he is right. When it comes to construction sites, were not talking about one wife, were talking about 30 vehicles guzzling fuel. The driver is innocently thinking that it won’t hurt anything, he’s just running in to grab a Dew and Donut, or stopping by to grab a ladder. But these innocent stops turn into a huge fuel guzzler. You probably don’t even want to know how much it is increasing the wear and tear on your engines. With our Idling alert, you will be able to put a nail in this problem, and re-train your drivers to turn vehicles off when not in use.
For construction companies, finding ways to cut costs and improve income is always a top priority. Yet management often loses control over vehicle and equipment fleet costs. Rural First will help guide you back into the driver’s seat of your budget, and give you the tools to better manage your fleet. With our GPS tracking system in place you can cut fuel costs, vehicle wear, and maintenance costs, while improving billing accuracy. You will also be able to better protect your assets and lower your exposure to theft. Anything from unapproved use on the job site, or personal trips being made with work trucks. With more money going out than coming in, you cannot afford to pay for your employees personal rendezvous. You cut them a check every Friday for that. Aside from bulldozing through your fuel budget, it increases your fleets liability. Rural First will give you the tools to protect your fleet, with personalized alerts sent straight to your phone when a unit is not following protocol.
I know it’s hard to imagine, but GPS tracking can actually reduce maintenance costs. Now that you have put a stop to excessive idling and unauthorized use, you will see less vehicle damage and fewer miles driven which turns into less maintenance. This is not the only way Maintenance costs drop. With the Rural First system in place. you will be able to set up automatic maintenance notifications. I have a device in my car and this is one of my favorite features because like most people I put it at the bottom of my to-do list. With automatic notifications, you won’t have to put it on a list at all, and your vehicles will live longer, healthier lives. Which means you will have to spend less on fixing, and replacing them.
It’s been a long hot day and your worker leaves the truck idling and air conditioner blowing as he runs in the quick trip for a Big Gulp. What he doesn’t see is the guy standing by the pay phone looking lost. Instead, he sees the back of the truck as its screeching out of the parking lot. At one time this would have been a huge loss for you, but not anymore, because you have installed Rural First GPS tracking you know exactly where this stolen truck is. Being able to see the vehicle is not the only benefit. You will also be able to send a starter disable command to the unit, so that once they shut-off the vehicle, it will not restart. You will now be able to recover your property safely without a high-speed police chase that results in nothing. An added benefit of this is that insurance companies often offer reduced premiums to fleets that use GPS tracking.
When it comes to billing your customers, you should be as accurate as possible. The Rural First system will not only aid with this, it can seamlessly connect with your accounting software. You will be able to pull or schedule a report showing you where your equipment and team have been, enabling you to bill down to the minute. You will also be able to put settings in place that tell you how much time your crew spent at a prevailing wage site, making it easier to add up your employee hours and eliminating over reporting of prevailing wage hours.
Rural policing is no longer Mayberry, and maybe it never was. Rural Sheriff’s deputies face more stress related to their personal safety and security accompanied by an increased demand for their services. Although urban police officers may have a backup available to them within minutes, in rural areas it can often take up to an hour for an adequate response if one at all. In most rural areas there simply isn’t enough funding to provide the adequate amount of officers to handle the increase in demand and territory.
“Like their city police colleagues, many of our nation’s elected sheriffs preside over far-stretching jurisdictions with limited resources. Crime-free rural patrol is the picture conjured up by the sheriffs of the media, such as Mayberry’s Andy Griffith, but the reality is far from the folklore.” -Dr. Richard Weinblatt
The available manpower in rural areas is vastly different than big cities, with only a few part-time employees representing the smallest and mostly rural located agencies. Limited manpower is only one of the obstacles rural sheriffs are facing, they are also seeing increased need for patrol. In reality,
he time for general patrol is rapidly dwindling in the face of increased calls for service without a commensurate deputy increase.
With technology’s rapid expansion, there are new apps introduced every day that could help Rural law enforcement better utilize the manpower they do have. The great thing about apps is that they can be very inexpensive if not free, enabling Rural law enforcement to make a real difference with minimal cost. With apps such as , the same officer can answer the call, gather evidence by capturing pictures and videos, and manage the case. It streamlines the process and cuts down on man hours. Another efficient app is iPatrol. By providing the officer with the ability to do information queries from the field, It eliminates time spent contacting dispatch and waiting for a response.
It would be a mistake to label the work of Sheriff’s Offices as strictly law enforcement because their duties go far beyond enforcing the law, It would be more accurate to describe their work as policing. In many rural areas and small towns, law enforcement is often, the only social service agency available around the clock 365 days a year.
They may be called on to deal with problems, that in urban areas would be handled by other agencies. For example, some small town Sheriff’s duties have included everything from putting up Christmas lights, to checking on chemicals in the water treatment plant. In essence, rural officers are expected to do more with less. With limited funds, hiring more help is often not possible. Turning to technology can be more cost effective and help relieve officers of some of their duties. While drone technology has seemed like science fiction for use by local law enforcement, commercialization has brought more UAVs to market—making such eyes-in-the-sky an invaluable tool for law enforcement. Depending on the payload, UAVs can cover a wide area more quickly than a patrol officer on foot. When combined with GPS Tracking you are able to see your UAV on the same screen as all of your officers, allowing you monitor the entire incident in near real-time.
With the state of the economy and financial issues, municipal funding is being cut. When you add a problem like shrinking budgets, to an increased demand for policing services and limited manpower, the policing problem in rural areas explodes. With fewer funds and soaring stress levels, people start cutting line items from their budgets. But new technologies such as GPS tracking costs very little, decrease operating costs and increase efficiencies to the point of saving jobs.
Sheriff Kevin Bond of Pettis County Missouri on Rural First GPS tracking; “The Sprocket system is more robust than any other system I have had the opportunity to see, and it is designed for emergency services”.
Without the appropriate manpower or funding to cover growing territories and populations, sheriff’s struggle to keep the morale high. Armed with a great sense of responsibility for their community and deputies, Sheriffs tirelessly search for a cost effective solution. In the meantime, officers continue to work long hours, with low pay and little to no backup.
Utilizing current 911 data can go a long way when it comes to managing resources. When you analyze existing data, you can identify trends such as the time of day, and location that crime is highest. With this knowledge Sheriff’s can create specific routes for deputies, that ensure these areas are patrolled, and backup is close by. When existing 911 data is combined with technologies such as GPS tracking, Sheriffs can begin to put a dent in rising crime rates, with out putting more feet on the ground.
There are many more new technologies, available to assist with dwindling local Government funding, increased demand for policing services, larger territories, and limited manpower. And while technology can’t solve every issue faced by rural law enforcement it can truly be a lifesaver.
Rural First provides GPS Tracking solutions designed specifically for First Responders, that serve Rural Communities throughout the US. If you are considering the benefits of fleet management for your office, we would love to show you how we can become a valued member of your team.