Day-Metropolis of Groton Police be part of the State Police radio system
Groton – The City of Groton Police Department has joined the State Police radio system. This is to allow for better coverage and better communication with other authorities in Groton and the region.
The police department can now communicate directly with other law enforcement agencies, including Groton Town, Stonington and Norwich, said Captain Erick Jenkins.
“Now we have a completely new system that is much better, more effective and can communicate with a lot more people and organizations,” said Jenkins.
“It’s a significant improvement in our shipping capabilities and it’s been a year in the making,” added Keith Hedrick, Mayor of Groton City, who stated that implementation has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was a collaboration between the city and the city, Hedrick said.
Hedrick said the new radio system gave the city full connectivity and no gaps in coverage. When multiple agencies respond to an emergency in the area, the city police can communicate with the various agencies.
The upgrade to the radio system follows the leadership of the cities of Groton, Stonington and Norwich, which have already joined the state system.
The radio system project, funded by a Groton Capital Improvement Program, costs approximately $ 171,191 and does not require monthly or annual maintenance fees as the state maintains the antennas, Jenkins said. He said the only additional cost would be if the city needed upgrades to its radios years later.
Jenkins said that when city police respond to an incident in another city, they can now quickly switch to that police agency’s channel to communicate directly with the other police agency. When multiple law enforcement agencies respond to an emergency in the area or coordinate during an event, they can communicate with each other through a common channel, he said.
That means the city department can speak directly to State Police Force E in Montville, the city of Groton, Stonington, Ledyard, Norwich, Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, the electric boat and the environmental protection police, he said.
The upgrade also improves the coverage and operation of a nationwide antenna system. For example, a Groton City police officer could be in Greenwich and still be able to communicate with the Groton City Police Department over a portable radio, Jenkins explained.
City police will also keep their old radio system as a backup if necessary, Jenkins said.