Law Enforcement, Emergency Services Get Wireless Grants
Montana is one of five states receiving $50,000 grants to obtain dependable wireless technology for its law enforcement and emergency services. The funds come from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Governors Association.
The plan is that one day local, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement and associated agencies will be able to employ the technology for quick, easy communications during an emergency.
Montana Department of Administration IT supervisor Chris Christensen says a coordinated system could solve the dual problems of bad communications and poor-quality data.
The grant will permit the National Governors Association’s team of experts to conduct workshops in Montana, and to put together meetings among different states working on related projects.
The four other states that also got grant money are Alabama, Indiana, Minnesota, and Washington.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Great Falls Tribune (MT) (07/30/06) P. 1A; Florio, Gwen .