Local leaders announce shared communication system for first res


Local leaders announce shared communication system for first responders, law enforcement in Yuma


YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – When it comes to 911 calls, a new radio communications system will allow local law enforcement and fire agencies to work together to protect and serve.

Local leaders gathered in front of City Hall Tuesday morning to announce the shared communication system that now includes tribal agencies, law enforcement, and fire agencies across Yuma County.

They will now be able to communicate with each other in a matter of seconds.

City Administrator Greg Wilkinson says the new communication system has been in the works for years and is finally coming to fruition.

Wilkinson said they began discussing the need for a shared communications system in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City that forever shook our nation.

Now, if there is ever an emergency situation in Yuma—no matter how big or how small—Yuma's first responders and law enforcement officers will be ready to protect and serve.

"I made a statement saying that crime has no boundaries," said Chief of Police John Lekan with the Yuma Police Department. "Well, in the law enforcement and the public safety realm, our boundaries were always our systems. Now our systems are inter-operable. We know no boundaries now either. I can talk to county sheriff's officers literally with the push of a button."

Wilkinson says this marks a new milestone for Yuma. The next step is to also integrate the court's system into the existing communication system. 

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