New radio system links Conn. first responders across entire state
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HARTFORD, Conn. — At the State Police Academy in Meriden, Governor M. Jodi Rell today unveiled a new $1 million radio system that enables first responders across the state to communicate in emergency situations. The technology, called Cross Band, plugs into existing police radio systems. The new system will keep portable radios synchronized.
"Connecticut first responders will be the first in the nation to have a common radio channel in place," said Governor Rell. "State and local police will all be able to talk to each other on the same frequency. This is a major step forward, and Connecticut's system will now be viewed as a model for the rest of the country."
"Prior to today, a Connecticut police officer in pursuit of a suspect across town borders has limited ability - and in many cases no ability — to communicate with other responding agencies. That lack of communication hampers our law enforcement officers' ability to effectively and quickly coordinate personnel across town borders and it puts officers' safety at risk.