The Government of Guam will improve its 30 year old Land Mobile Radio System.
The Guam Police Department signed the contract this morning at Adelup, with government officials and GPD officers present.
The talk of improving the “antiquated” system had been going on for several years due to the challenges it had presented to law enforcement and first responders.
According to Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio, GPD purchased the Motorola Smartsmith system 30 years ago.
Chief Ignacio says that some of the issues they’ve found are that they can’t find parts when the system goes down.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said it’s very crucial for law enforcement and public safety to be able to respond quickly to Guam residents’ needs.
It’s expected that the new system, which will be brought in by Banyan Networks, meets all the public safety standards along with having better coverage, reliability and overall capabilities.
Chief Ignacio said “We’re gonna get a system that’s gonna meet the needs of our first responders, our emergency responders and we’ve all seen how the radio system is vital especially in areas of emergency communications. We’ve relied on it for many many years for our responding to typhoons, to other threats and its been there and it’s helped us get through the work of the day that we need to do.”