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Safecom SCIPs across states

Federal officials unveiled a model plan yesterday that state officials can use to build grass-roots statewide interoperable communication networks. Officials for the Homeland Security Department’s Safecom Program released the Statewide Communications Interoperability Planning (SCIP) methodology proposal, based on a statewide plan that Virginia agencies unveiled last October in their drive to create a network for all law enforcement agencies and jurisdictions. Federal and state officials worked collaboratively on Virginia’s plan, which included support from first responders. Previous attempts failed federal officials initiated the plans. The same pattern occurs when state officials attempt to force programs at the local level. Full Story

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