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Photo gallery: Communications

A vital link.

Effective and reliable communication systems are critical for responding to emergencies as well as routine law enforcement actions. In the early days of the State Patrol, officers had no communications equipment in their vehicles. Instead, they listened to an assigned radio station, which broadcast an alert during an emergency. After locating the closest phone, officers then would call their headquarters for instructions. Today, officers have voice and data communications equipment for keeping in constant contact with law enforcement dispatchers at the seven State Patrol posts around the state.


Communications operators dispatching officers in the 1960s.  The best available technology in the 1960s.


The advent of computers to assist in communications.


A busy communications center decades ago. 


Today’s law enforcement dispatchers.  Mobile data computers in officers’ vehicles.


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Last modified: January 29, 2014

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