Law enforcement training center turns on new network

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center has revved up a new network linking its Georgia headquarters with facilities in three states and the District of Columbia.

'We needed to upgrade our communications services to integrate with other Homeland Security agencies, as well as to improve services to our sites,' said Pat Hill, chief of the center's Communications Management Branch.

The center, which provides training for 75 federal agencies as well as state and local organizations, became part of the Homeland Security Department when the new department was created last year.

The new communications system, which came online last month, is a fully managed network provided by Sprint Corp. under its FTS 2001 contract. The network includes frame relay and dedicated IP transport.

Under the $3 million, three-year contract, Sprint does engineering design, manages private network services for custom-configured equipment, handles security for firewall design and management, and runs network services for router configuration and management.

The center has its headquarters in Glynco, Ga., and other facilities in Artesia, N.M.; Charleston, S.C.; Cheltenham, Md.; and Washington.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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