CPSO: Caddo first aiders, MPs swap to a brand new radio system after 19 years

CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL / KMSS) – According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, first responders from 60 different agencies are in the final stages of their transition to a new radio communications system purchased by the Caddo 9-1-1 District totaling US $ 12.5 million Dollar.

The large-scale upgrade replaces equipment that first responders in the Caddo community have been using since 2001. According to the CPSO, the sheriff’s office received 716 brand new radios, 245 cellular phones, and related accessories such as extra batteries, belt clips, radio chargers, and public safety speaker-microphones for a total of $ 1,631,061.

At 8:00 am on September 30, the district began the first phase of migrating its existing analog radio communications operations to a new, community-wide, multi-jurisdictional P25 phase 2 digital radio system.

In phase 1, local government agencies from Caddo or (non-public security agencies) were migrated to the new radio system.

On October 28th at 8:00 a.m., all public security authorities of the Caddo community will migrate in phase 2.
The upgrade enables CPSO MPs to communicate faster with dispatchers and other authorities and serve citizens much more efficiently.

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