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An Altered Credit Allocation and a Combined Dispatch System Would Better Support State Law Enforcement Radio System, Report No. 02-71, December 2002
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  • The Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System provides state law enforcement agencies with a communications system that uses a single series of radio frequencies.  The system improves inter-agency communication and is scheduled to be fully implemented by 2004.
  • To purchase radio equipment for the system, the state exchanged its radio tower assets for a $25.5 million equipment credit from the system vendor.  The Joint Task Force allocated radio credits to agencies to equip both sworn and non-sworn employees.  As a result, agencies were able to purchase all but 185 radios needed for sworn law enforcement officers.
  • The Joint Dispatch System is a separate but related initiative consisting of regional dispatch centers that handle incoming calls for most agencies using the statewide system. However, the Fish and Wildlife Commission operates its own network of six dispatch centers at an annual cost of $3.4 million.  Consolidating the commission’s dispatch services with joint dispatch would make more efficient use of state radio resources.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Technology Office Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-12 911 Call Center Training in Florida Varies; Options Exist for Creating Minimum Standards,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 04-64 Progress Report: Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System Nears Full Statewide Implementation; Additional State Funds Will Be Necessary, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 98-62 Program Evaluation and Justification Review for the Information Technology Program, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 97-65 Review of the Information Technology Program's Performance-Based Program Budgeting Measures and Standards, published in March 1998.

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