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PSL Police First on Treasure Coast to Transform First Responder Communications with FirstNet

New Technologies Expand Our Capabilities to Better Serve Port St. Lucie

Post Date:08/06/2018 10:29 AM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Aug. 6, 2018 — Port St. Lucie Police Department is giving our officers a much-needed technology upgrade with FirstNet – a groundbreaking new communications platform. This move lets us take advantage of the early benefits of FirstNet, and it sets us up for continued success as the solution evolves. We want to lead in technology, so we can better serve the people of Port St. Lucie.

FirstNet is the country’s first nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders – available when and where we need it. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), it gives our communications capabilities a major boost, providing a reliable and highly secure connection.

By subscribing to FirstNet, we can help our officers stay connected to the critical information we need. And it will help ensure we can easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, big events or emergencies.

Chief John Bolduc said, "Our Department is the first agency on the Treasure Coast of Florida to use this economic solution for cellular communication. We have high expectations for its use in a natural disaster."

Our decision to join FirstNet was based on 3 critical factors:

  • Groundbreaking Technology – FirstNet is the only platform that gives first responders always-on priority and preemption. That means we’ll have access to the connection we need – even when the network is congested. This will help us keep ourselves and those we serve safe and secure. We look forward to taking advantage of additional mission-critical capabilities as the technology advances. 
  • System Reliability – FirstNet is the only system purpose-built to the high standards of public safety based on an understanding of our needs. Plus, AT&T will be held accountable by the FirstNet Authority to deliver on their commitment to design and build a solution that meets our needs for years to come.
  • Affordability with No Speed Limits – We demand a lot. But we can’t pay a lot. FirstNet gives us the mission-critical capabilities we need with the affordability we require. And our access to the important information we need will never be throttled anywhere in the country.

When a major event occurs, it’s important to share data with other responders. FirstNet gives us a single, interoperable solution to easily communicate across agencies and jurisdictions.

“We took action when first responders said they needed better tools to keep their communities – and themselves – out of harm’s way. FirstNet will help first responders in Port St. Lucie, Florida and across the country perform at the highest levels,” said Joe York, president, AT&T Florida. “We’re honored to play a part in that transformation and applaud the Port St. Lucie Police Department for helping to lead the way.”

“FirstNet is the exclusive communications platform built with AT&T for public safety, inspired by public safety – there is no substitution for this network that they fought for,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Mike Poth. “We look forward to supporting the Port St. Lucie Police Department's use of FirstNet, making sure it delivers what they need, when they need it."

To learn more about the Port St. Lucie Police Department, go to the Port St. Lucie Police Department website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  To learn more about FirstNet, go to FirstNet.com or contact Deanna Greiner-Valentine at 305-608-6000 or dg5406@att.com.

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