Follow-Up Report on NIST OLES Pilot Project
by GSI Staff March 02, 2012
U.S. first responders use standards to choose and operate safe equipment, to train employees properly, and to develop the most effective standard operating procedures (SOPs). It is important to measure the first responder community’s need for standards at the federal, state and local levels. Questions that need answering include: who needs access to standards, what types of standards are most used, and how can NIST's Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) better serve this community in the future. The NIST OLES pilot project accomplished this mission during its run from August 2 through October 31, 2011. Over the course of 3 months, the pilot attracted 297 registered users, 114 of them within the Department of Defense (DoD), 34 within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 28 from local governments, and 23 from state governments. There were 612 standards downloaded; the most popular standards (by a large margin) were related to radiation detection.
OLES plans to offer a follow-on project that will allow wider participation and will capture more metrics on which standards responders need. For complete details, read the report here.