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NCJ Number: NCJ 216618     Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Communications Interoperability: A Guide for Interagency Communications Projects
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Author(s): Dan Hawkins
Corporate Author: SEARCH Group Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 438
  Annotation: This guide is designed to provide law enforcement and other public safety agency staff information on communications interoperability and the technological tools used to make interoperability possible.
Abstract: Part I describes interoperability and the current status of interoperability capability among law enforcement and public safety agencies. The key challenges and critical elements involved in achieving interoperability are considered and recent findings are presented concerning why public agencies are having problems communicating with one another. Part II turns to an analysis of how interoperability is achieved, beginning with a discussion of how to build a cooperative interagency foundation and how to conduct a needs analysis of local interoperability challenges. Part II offers guidance on creating a project plan for interoperability and advice for acquiring system components. Steps for implementing the interoperability program are presented and examples are offered from the implementation of interoperability programs in three small cities in Delta River County. This section of the guide also considers how to transition an interoperable system to long-term governance following successful implementation and offers a framework for the development of policies and procedures related to the communication system. Maintaining the technology and measuring interoperability are reviewed before the guide turns to an analysis of various communications technologies in Part III. Different technological approaches to interoperability are reviewed along with the specific types of communications equipment used for each approach. Both voice and data communications systems are considered in Part III, including radio technologies, wired data networks, and wireless data networks. Emerging and planned technologies are also reviewed, such as broadband wireless access for public safety and wideband wireless standards for public safety. This guide is intended as a companion to the “Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to Plan, Purchase, and Manage Technology (Successfully!), A Guide for Executives, Managers, and Technologists.” Figures, appendixes, bibliography
Main Term(s): Data communications ; Voice communications
Index Term(s): Emergency communications ; Interagency cooperation ; Science and Technology
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003-CK-WX-K054
Sale Source: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
Type: Handbook
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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