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Massachusetts to upgrade statewide radio system

The Massachusetts State Police plans to replace its legacy statewide radio communications system with a digital one, the agency announced.

The communication network is used by 2,000 state troopers and 245 other agencies across the state, according to Massachusetts State Police. The entire transformation will take five years, with radio consoles at state police dispatch centers and portable radios being replaced in the first year.

The new system, called Commonwealth Interoperable Radio System, will increase the interoperability and allow statewide partners -- the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, rescue squads and other agencies -- to join the network. The proposed design of this new system may also provide an opportunity for municipalities and regional entities with aging and non-supportable systems to join the statewide radio system, officials said.

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Col. Kerry Gilpin said a reliable communication network is needed for the state police to respond to the calls they receive.

“The legacy system we are presently using is nearing the end of its useful life, which is why we are taking proactive steps to replace it with one that will allow us to respond quickly and seamlessly to critical incidents and threats across the state,” Gilpin said.

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Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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