Los Angeles and Orange County law enforcers will be the first in line nationally for a new electronic information system that will swiftly provide the latest intelligence on terrorists’ techniques and explosives, reports the Los Angeles Times. The technology is intended to help first responders and investigators who aren’t bomb experts to identify new and sophisticated explosive devices.
The system is called TRIPwire, or Technical Resource for Incident Prevention. Within minutes, it will bring to computers of law enforcement officers information on explosive devices gathered around the country and from such foreign sources as Iraq, Israel and London. One aim is to protect local first responders from becoming casualties of bombs. An official noted that terrorists often plant a second explosive device to injure police and firefighters arriving after an initial blast.