Bay Area Rapid Transit will soon begin major upgrades to its police communications center and computer systems so that central command can respond more rapidly to crimes and disturbances, transit officials said.
Problems with the Oakland police radio system over the past year were not caused by interference from AT&T cell phone towers, according to the company.
During an emergency, something law enforcement officers depend is their radio. But in Oakland, a city with the 4th highest crime rate in the country, that essential piece of survival gear is still not dependable.
Dual investigations by the City of Oakland and the Federal Communication Commission have determined AT&T cellphone towers are responsible for the interference plaguing the Oakland Police radio system.
After months of problems with its radio communications, the Oakland Police Department is rolling out an entirely new system that will make Oakland one of the first Bay Area cities to be interoperable with other agencies.
Oakland police officers are now riding two per car as a safety measure because of ongoing problems with the city’s radio system, Police Chief Anthony Batts said Friday.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Monday that problems with the Police Department’s radio system that affected the agency’s response to a high-speed chase and officer-involved shooting last week have been identified and solved.
The communications system for the Oakland Police Department is under scrutiny following a radio breakdown during a deadly officer involved chase.