Railroad Police Officers Allowed on Interoperability Channels
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Comments

The FCC amended its rules to permit railroad police officers to use public-safety interoperability channels to communicate with public-safety entities already authorized to use those channels.

Specifically, railroad police officers empowered to carry out law enforcement functions are allowed to use public-safety interoperability channels in the VHF, UHF, 700 MHz narrowband and 800 MHz National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) bands.

Allowing railroad police officers to use these channels will promote interoperability, facilitate improved emergency response in railroad-related emergencies, and streamline access to these channels for emergency public safety communications, the report and order said.

The FCC first proposed changing the rules last year.

The full order is here.

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