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The communication network of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) should be significantly improved, with the procurement of a US$13.6 million wireless communication system and a hybrid analogue-digital mobile radio network, aimed at bringing operations in line with current digital technologies.
Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips, made the announcement today (March 17), at the signing of contracts with suppliers Motorola Incorporated and Harris Corporation of the United States, at the Ministry in Kingston.
Dr. Phillips informed that this new system would bring the JCF’s communications in line with current digital technologies and would enhance the communications capability of the JCF.
“The system will be implemented by the end of this year, which will allow for its testing and commissioning in time for the staging of Cricket World Cup 2007. We consider this to be an important part of the overall preparedness in security terms of the country for the staging of Cricket World Cup, but more than that, it will enhance the crime fighting capabilities of the JCF and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF),” he explained.
Dr. Phillips said it would also allow the security forces to avail itself of the modern technologies of wireless communication, both for public safety and national security. “In acquiring the new wireless communication system, the Ministry of National Security is seeking to enhance a critical area of operational effectiveness of the Force to full functionality in the fight against crime and violence in the Jamaican society,” he said. The Minister informed that in addition to strengthening the communications capability of the JCF network; the new system would consolidate and reposition operational area command and control; increase the system through efficient utilization, and allow for the use of both analogue and digital radios on the system.
This system will allow for new and higher levels of communications security through encryption; provide a new alarm and control system and new network management, as well as expand further, the islandwide coverage of the communication network.
The JDF, he said, would be specially accommodated on the new network. This will see them being hosted on the same physical microwave network as the police and other users, but they would be able to do so with a certain level of autonomy.
“The JDF will have their own talk group that will operate essentially, as a virtual private network and which they will manage,” the Minister explained.The new system will include digital point to point radios, multi-plexers, antenna systems, power systems, network management systems, and appropriate accessories.
Meanwhile, the main network switch, which is now located at Newcastle, will be moved to Kingston Police Headquarters, thereby significantly improving network management and operational efficiency.
Both contracts, the Minister pointed out, have provision for training and maintenance as well as a five-year maintenance and service agreement.

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