Cops Office Awards $92.7 Million For First Responder Communications
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today awarded $92.7 million to 26 law enforcement agencies to develop interoperable communications networks that enable emergency service personnel to communicate directly during crises.
The grants will offset the cost of purchasing voice and data communications equipment, enhancing communications infrastructures, and project management.
The grants were awarded under the COPS Interoperable Communications Technology Grant program, which increases the number of interoperable communications systems used nationally by law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical service agencies in the same metropolitan area. Each city is required to provide a 25 percent match of the federal funds, up to a maximum of $6 million.
“The ability for emergency service personnel to communicate and share information during a crisis is an essential component of a comprehensive public safety plan,” said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. “Emergencies do not limit themselves to jurisdictional boundaries. When an incident occurs, first responders must be able to coordinate all available resources, and the first step in that process is the ability to communicate and share information in real-time.”
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from U.S. Newswire (09/16/05) .