New Jersey police announce transition to new radio network

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The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) has announced a significant shift to the agency’s public safety and emergency response communications system.

Thanks to funding received through CARES, troopers now communicate through the New Jersey Interoperability Communications System (NJICS), a Project 25 (P25) radio network.

The network was built and is maintained by Motorola Solutions, which operates throughout the US and across the globe.

According to the company, the system offers the opportunity to further propel the state into an era where public safety communication, collaboration, efficiency and resilience define police and law enforcement’s emergency response efforts. 

By combining the NJSP’s legacy communication system with the statewide network, troopers can now collaborate with other first responders through shared talk channels.

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Motorola Solutions says that the implementation of these channels allows over 20 state agencies to share critical information in real-time.

This enhanced connectivity means faster police response times and more efficient co-ordination during emergencies, ultimately saving precious minutes and lives.

“We are stronger when we work together,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the NJSP.

“Our troopers can now seamlessly communicate with other first responders on the statewide network, giving us access to more information than ever. The ability to share data and resources enhances our response to planned events and emergencies when time is of the essence and multi-agency coordination is needed.

“We are committed to protecting our troopers and the residents we serve and this helps us deliver on that mission.”

Motorola Solutions says that the P25 radio network was crafted to accommodate the latest generation of radio devices, which will significantly reduce overall maintenance costs moving forward.

This enables them to uphold clear voice communications, supporting seamless connectivity for police and emergency response even when entering buildings or venturing beyond the traditional radio network’s coverage area.

Equally important, they can access critical information on the go, empowering them with enhanced situational awareness for effective decision-making.

The NJSP also has access to an in-state operations center equipped with dedicated technical staff to enhance operations further.

This center will diligently monitor and support the network 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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