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Connecting the Dots: Enabling Interoperable Public Safety Communications

Connecting the Dots:

Enabling Interoperable Public Safety Communications

Emergencies don’t recognize boundaries and when a crisis hits, agencies from all points on the compass come to the call for mutual aid. However, public safety agencies have struggled to enable first responders from multiple disciplines, jurisdictions, and levels of government to communicate during emergencies.

The following eSupplement includes four articles that you may either read online or download as a PDF file. Simply click on the links below for the article you wish to read.


Finding the Money By Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

The money is out there. Funding for police purchases has traditionally come from the Byrne/JAG grant program and for Fire/EMS the clearest path has been the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. But there are also some very “creative” alternatives to consider.

Building Toward Tomorrow By Janet Kornblum, PoliceOne Contributor

The key for agencies and administrators today is to aggressively move toward the goal of making communications infrastructure purchases that not only synch up with neighboring and national systems today, but can grow as technology continues to evolve for many years into the future.

Laying the Foundation for Cooperation By Eddie Reyes, PoliceOne Columnist

Emergencies don’t recognize boundaries and when a crisis hits, agencies from all points on the compass come to the call. The three most critical components in preparing for cross-jurisdictional, multiple-agency cooperation are governance, standards, and training.

Roundtable Discussion: Getting There By Hannah Simon, PoliceOne Assistant Editor

In this roundtable conversation, a panel of experts representing fire, police, and EMS discuss some of the challenges that first responders face, how to solve the problems posed by current communications technologies, and some best practices for collaboration between different public safety departments.
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