Regional Radio Upgrade

Legislator: Kay Hagan
Sen, D
Cost: $1,000,000
Recipient: City of Concord, City of Kannapolis
26 Union St S
Concord, NC 28025
City: Concord, NC
Type: Commerce, Justice & Science

The City of Concord and the City of Kannapolis request $1 million under the COPS Law Enforcement Technology program for a regional radio upgrade project. In 1997, Concord and Kannapolis partnered with Cabarrus County to establish an interoperable county-wide public safety radio system. The current technology is becoming obsolete and there are plans to replace it with a system that is compatible with the State of North Carolina's interoperability plan (VIPER). Such compatibility will meet the growing population and visitor needs for safety and protection, and the demand for communicating with each other as well as other state and federal law enforcement agencies. With federal assistance, these two departments have been replacing their mobile and handheld radios prior to upgrading the radio system. FY 2011 funds will be used to begin system upgrades by purchasing P25 system hardware for tower sites in Concord and Kannapolis. The total project cost is $17 million over the next 5 years. The City of Concord will contribute $7.5 million to the project, and the City of Kannapolis will also contribute to the total project cost.

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