Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Participates in Joint Hearing on Statewide Radio System and State Police’s Pilot Program on P25 Deployment

 

Harrisburg –On Wednesday, June 7, the Senate Communications & Technology Committee, Senate Law & Justice Committee, and the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee participated in a joint hearing to discuss the Statewide Radio System and the Pennsylvania State Police’s Pilot Program on P25 Deployment.

First authorized in 1996, the system was to allow state and county emergency responders, as well as local police, fire and EMS, to communicate with each on a shared network. However, the mobile radio component has been plagued with problems and remains unreliable.

 Senator Bob Mensch, Vice Chair of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, directed a question to Major Diane Stackhouse, Communications & Information Services, Pennsylvania State Police, about the statewide radio system.  

The full hearing and testimony can be viewed at http://communications.pasenategop.com/060717

 

CONTACT: Sarah Rasmussen srasmussen@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388