Equip­ment up­grade

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

The State Gov­ern­ment has signed a seven-year con­tract with Tel­stra to up­grade po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices ra­dio equip­ment.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Lisa Neville said new ra­dio equip­ment would re­place out­dated ana­logue sys­tems with new se­cure, en­crypted dig­i­tal equip­ment pro­vid­ing bet­ter voice clar­ity, cov­er­age and the ca­pa­bil­ity to track the lo­ca­tion of de­vices, im­prov­ing mem­ber safety and re­sponse times.

Im­por­tantly, the new ra­dios will stop com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­ing in­ter­cepted by the pub­lic through a smart­phone app or scan­ner.

‘‘The safety of Vic­to­rian Po­lice is our high­est priority and we’re mak­ing sure the pub­lic can’t lis­ten in on po­lice oper­a­tions and they have the right tools to catch crim­i­nals,’’ Ms Neville said.

The con­tract de­liv­ers on an elec­tion com­mit­ment and pro­vides more than 8000 ra­dios for Vic­to­ria Po­lice, Vic­to­ria State Emer­gency Ser­vices, Life Sav­ing Vic­to­ria and Cor­rec­tions Vic­to­ria, and can be ex­panded to pro­vide ra­dio sup­port ser­vices for other Gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter James Mer­lino said work was un­der­way up­grad­ing the ra­dio tow­ers with fur­ther work on key base in­fra­struc­ture in early next year en­abling the roll out of the in car and hand held ra­dios from mid­dle of 2017.

‘‘This so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy is more se­cure, has bet­ter voice clar­ity, will re­duce the risk of com­mu­ni­ca­tion fail­ures and im­prove safety for our emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel and the com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Mer­lino said.

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