Long Beach, NY – The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of approximately $300,000 for the purchase of interoperability radios. These special devices will allow the Long Beach Police Department to better communicate with the City’s Fire Department and Lifeguard Patrol, as well any police agency in Nassau County during emergency situations. Additionally, the new system provides for interoperability with other state and national agencies when necessary.
The Long Beach Police Department was awarded 75 state-of-the-art Motorola XTS 2500 portable radios, 40 Motorola XTL 2500 mobile radios, radio holders, battery chargers, and spare batteries. Programming of all the radios and installation of mobile radios in the vehicles was also included in the award.
“Interoperability among all emergency responders is vital when in comes to saving lives,” states Police Commissioner Michael Tangney. “Communication on these radios is fully encrypted for enhanced security, and every officer will have one, increasing accountability. Also worth mentioning is that the Department’s existing portable radios are no longer manufactured and obtaining replacement parts is becoming difficult, making this grant even more significant.”
The entire project was supported by a grant administered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Nassau County was awarded the grant and subsequently distributed funds to local departments.
“The purpose of the grant is to provide emergency management agencies with funds to enhance their operations and capabilities,” says City Council Vice President Scott J. Mandel. “The City is purchasing radio equipment that enables the Police Department to better support emergency responders. All equipment was obtained at absolutely no cost to the City.”