Police, fire, and emergency medical service agencies need to communicate with each other within and across jurisdictions and disciplines—both during mission-critical incidents and daily operations. Planning for and building voice and data communications systems that will ensure interoperability and improve information sharing can be complex and often costly efforts.
Let SEARCH’s resources and practitioner expertise help with your public safety and emergency communications interoperability and information sharing needs.
For the past decade, SEARCH has been a lead participant in supporting efforts at the local, State, and Federal levels to plan for and successfully implement interoperable communications projects and initiatives. We have–
- Played a key role in organizing the National Forum on Public Safety Broadband Needs
- Hosted one of the first nationally focused interoperability summits held in 2006.
- Organized and served as faculty to numerous interoperable communications conferences and workshops nationwide
- Published nationally recognized communications interoperability guides and issue briefs and prepared mission-critical resources
- Served in key policy advisory and operational roles for U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security communications interoperability programs, including managing and providing technical assistance under the national Interoperable Communications Technology Program of the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and SAFECOM.
- Assisted with multijurisdictional terrorism response exercises and have substantial expertise in evaluating and writing regional Tactical Interoperable Communications Plans (TICP), Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans (SCIP), and Field Operations Guides (FOGs).
Need advice on communications interoperability or information sharing in public safety or emergency communications? Want resource materials? SEARCH is here to help through a variety of tools, resources and publications:
- Listen to our Public Safety Communications Project Podcasts for practical guidance on information sharing and communications interoperability projects.
- Download Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Communications Interoperability: A Guide for Interagency Communications Projects, 2nd edition, which SEARCH developed under the guidance of the COPS Office and SAFECOM. Revised and updated in 2012, it is a comprehensive, user-friendly guidebook that provides strategies, best practices, and recommendations for public safety agencies seeking to develop or expand interagency communications projects. It explores technologies in voice and data communications, and provides planning tools to help achieve interoperable communication initiatives. It serves as a companion to the COPS-funded Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase and manage technology (successfully!), A Guide for Executives, Managers and Technologists
- Download and read this excerpt from the Tech Guide, What is Communications Interoperability?
- Download and read any of the 12 Issue Briefs prepared by SEARCH that address best practices and key topical issues related to public safety communications interoperability. Of special interest are:
- Issue Brief #4: Interoperable Communications Training and Exercises: Creating Processes, Tools, and Techniques. Communications is not an independent element of emergency response that can be adequately exercised and evaluated in isolation. It is through integrated exercises that communications can be trained in context, tested, evaluated, and set for continual improvement. These will assist organizations to better prepare to prevent, respond to, and recover from a real-world incident.
- Issue Brief #5: Performance Measurement and Interoperability. This brief addresses interoperable communications, performance measures, and the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum, and provides predictive modeling/statistical measurement solutions. Learn how these concepts can be combined to develop a solution for performance measurement and interoperability.
- Issue Brief #7: Developing Interoperability: Standard Operating Procedures. SOPs are one of the five critical success factors essential to communications interoperability. This Brief examines the need for SOPs and how to effectively implement them, and is geared to public safety first responders and emergency communications personnel.
- Download the proceedings of a National Interoperability Summit that SEARCH cosponsored with the COPS Office and National Institute of Justice in 2006
- Order a DVD SEARCH prepared on the critical success factors of interoperability