Valley law enforcement eyes grant to improve communication capabilities

The Logan Police Department and Cache County Sheriff’s Office likely will soon be able to communicate with each other faster with the help of a federal grant.The city is in the process of applying for $10,282 from the Federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program, and hopes to use the money to upgrade the fiber optic data line that runs between the Logan Police Department building in downtown Logan and the Cache County Sheriff’s Office on the west side of town. Such upgrades would allow for increased data communication speeds between the two agencies and with the Logan 911 Communication Center. Perhaps most importantly, the upgrades would provide better reliability in the event that the data line is needed to initiate a backup 911 center at the Cache County Sheriff’s Complex in the event that something happened to Logan’s 911 center.”It will benefit our sharing of information,” said Logan Police Lt. Brad Franke. “The fiber optic cable is actually in place, what we’re upgrading is the switches and the equipment at each end which will allow the data cable to carry mass amounts of data much faster.”In the past year, Franke said, the two agencies have started using the same systems to share information and with so much information going back and forth, having a more efficient data line will be nice. The money is coming from a program that divvies up dollars based on crime rates in various areas of the country. Because Logan and Cache County have a very low crime rate, the amount of money received is less than in other areas. Logan and the county also have the share the grant money. Upgrading the fiber optics will be a good thing that will benefit both agencies however, Franke said, and while it’s not a critical upgrade for either agency, the grant would still be a “real blessing,” he said.The agencies are in the process of applying for the grant right now and, if received, the budgeting process for the project would begin. Franke said by October the money could be available to initiate the project.

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