Police Communications Interoperability Tips

  • Build a technology plan for interoperability

    Any police officer or first responder can attest to the importance of clear and reliable communications with other public safety professionals in an emergency, whether it's a response to a single c...

  • Deadline looms for comments on 700MHz waiver requests

    In mid-August 2009 the FCC issued a “call for comments” about the dozen public safety entities that are petitioning the FCC for permission to build their own regional wireless broadband networks in...

  • Tell it to the FCC

    Over the course of the past two months, a dozen public safety entities have begun petitioning the FCC for permission to build their own regional wireless broadband networks in 700 MHz. The Public S...

  • Tie public schools and public safety together

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    Lorin Bristow, a partner at Galain Solutions, a firm that helps public safety organizations secure grant funding, says that police departments have a very good opportunity to secure money in the U....

  • Got P25? Great, but don’t forget your phone

    P25 (a.k.a. APCO-25, or Project 25) refers to a suite of standards for interoperable digital radio communications for public safety agencies. Radios built to the P25 standards let first responders ...

  • Stay Charged

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    You have a "go bag" at home? The kind that contains some personal items as well as some of the duty gear you have "spares" for? You should, if for no other reason than the possibility you may be ca...

  • Protecting your audio transmitter cord

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    For those who carry audio transmitters on their duty belts: do you have the problem of external mic cords breaking without warning and causing you to have an evidence tape with no audio? To prevent...

  • Wear an ear mic

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    Wearing an ear mic not only ensures you get your radio traffic, it also eliminates the need to "secure your mic" while standing with a potential suspect. Criminals are just as knowledgeable -- some...

  • More on safe shoulder mic usage

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    As a follow up to a tip submitted by Officer Israel about looking at subjects when talking on shoulder mics [Read the tip]: I have done what Officer Israel describes and I've also noticed that I te...

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