Local leaders announce shared communication system for first responders, law enforcement in Yuma
Story by 13 On Your Side Newsroom
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
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