Oakland Police & Fire Get New Radio System

Oakland launches new communications system for its police and fire departments today.

By Andrew Gearhart
|  Monday, Jun 6, 2011  |  Updated 8:34 AM PDT
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Oakland Police & Fire Get New Radio System

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Oakland is showing off a new communications system today. The police and fire departments are now using a system that meets national standard, called Project 25.

The system makes is easier for Oakland officers and firefighters to communicate with each other and neighboring departments. It's called P25 and Oakland says it is the first Bay Area city to get it. 

It should be easier to integrate other departments and cities into the system.

Oakland is currently working on doing just that with BART, the cities of Piedmont and Emeryville, and the East Bay Regional Park District. 

The city officially throws the switch on the new squawk boxes at noon today..

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