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Radio Interoperability

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Radio Interoperability

The U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, presents Wisconsin State Patrol Tests New Path to Radio Interoperability, which highlights a strategy for adopting the Project 25 radio interoperability standards. Project 25 refers to a suite of standards for digital, two-way wireless communications products. A committee of manufacturers, public safety agencies, and state and federal communications professionals launched Project 25 in 1989 to provide detailed standards for interoperable radios.

The Wisconsin State Patrol ran a four-site pilot program that created P25 capabilities across the network. The agency tested a P25 channel controller, a new product that converts conventional analog repeaters into P25 repeaters across multiple sites and in support of multiple frequencies. Although participants ran into various problems related to programming, the pilot experience showed the extent of the cooperation needed between the vendor and law enforcement communities to achieve the best and most cost-effective solution.

Law enforcement agencies considering adopting the P25 may benefit from reduced technology and labor costs. They can convert existing analog channels to P25 digital signaling without changing base stations. The Wisconsin State Patrol P25 pilot exposed several pitfalls that agencies should consider when migrating to P25, namely the varying terminology, settings, and software provided by the manufacturers. Through this pilot experience, practitioners and vendors alike gained a better understanding of the outstanding issues and identified ways to improve the implementation of P25-compliant technology. For additional information, access the report (NCJ 229517) at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s Web site, http://www.ncjrs.gov.


October 2012 LEB portlet

Table of Contents

Back to the Cover

Community Policing to Prevent Violent Extremism
Law enforcement is moving forward using the community policing philosophy to address violent extremism.
By Dan Silk

Leadership Spotlight
Different Voices

Mastering Rapport and Having Productive Conversations
Investigators cannot maximize their success without effective interpersonal skills.
By Robin K. Dreeke

ViCAP Alert
Serial Murder

Focus on Organizational Culture
Strengthening Police Organizations Through Interpersonal Leadership

Bulletin Honors
Canton, Ohio, Police Memorial

Becoming More Resilient
Everyone can develop the resilience they need to live an enriched life, even in the midst of trials.
By Jean G. Larned

Bulletin Report
Radio Interoperability

A Reminder to Our Readers

Bulletin Notes

Patch Call

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