Baltimore Police Department Deploys FirstNet Service
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | Comments

The Baltimore Police Department has connected more than 3,000 officers, first responders and other key personnel to FirstNet.

With this tech advancement, the department is equipping its first responders with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, allowing them to better serve those who live, work and visit Baltimore.

Starting in January 2020, the Baltimore Police Department began using FirstNet agencywide on its department-issued smartphones, laptops, in-vehicle routers and modems. Additionally, the Baltimore Police Department worked with AT&T to install in-building solutions at many of its facilities, increasing the coverage and capacity on FirstNet and helping to ensure coverage all the time.

"I began looking to improve and modernize our mobile services over a year ago and working with AT&T has been one of the best investments we've made," said Edward "Woody" Davis, chief technology officer, Baltimore Police Department. "The improvements in service across the department, coupled with the network enhancements AT&T has made with FirstNet locally, have greatly improved communications and interoperability for us. Ultimately, these improvements are enabling us to keep Baltimore residents and our officers safe."

These investments proved especially important in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As public-safety personnel in the area moved to a more mobile workforce, the FirstNet platform was crucial in the effort to respond and serve the local community as Baltimore Police Department managed public safety during the pandemic.

"FirstNet is an important part of our technology mobilization efforts that assist our department in advancing our communications and policing goals in our communities," said Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison. "Having access to this dedicated public safety network is important in improving our service to our communities and working environment."

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