The Monroe Police Department will be conducting a Press conference on March 6th at 10am at the 700 Wood Street location to unveil its new communication/radio room upgrade. The 1.2 million dollar project has been completed and is scheduled to go on line Wednesday 03-27-13.
This system will provide the Monroe Police Department with the most up to date and advanced radio system in North Louisiana. This upgrade is part of an FCC mandate that all public service agencies transition to high band radio channels. A major part of this upgrade included new portable radios for all officers.
This upgrade will allow Monroe Police officers to be fully integrated into “Interoperability”, a condition that became apparent during Hurricane Katrina and other times of emergency. In the past, public service agencies were not able to communicate in times of crisis because of different frequencies and systems.
Different geographic locations in the state and country also prohibited effective communications in times of emergencies. This system will alleviate these problems.
An example of how effective this system can be is described as: A Monroe Police officer can be in New Orleans and talk from a handheld radio to Monroe Police Dispatch or any other agency that utilizes the 700 frequency system. This example would have been impossible to accomplish in the past.