April 19, 2016

State Highway Patrol gives radios to Cleveland State

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety donated 50 portable radios to Cleveland State University’s Police Department on March 28.

CSU Police received the radios during a presentation at the Police Department on March 28, but discussion among the three organizations about the transfer began a couple months ago, according to Chief of Police Gary Lewis.

“Conversations with the Ohio Department of Public Safety [ODPS], the Ohio State Highway Patrol [OSHP] and CSU Police Department began several months ago that were focused on radio communications and interoperability,” Lewis said.

The radios were previously used by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers. The Patrol was in the process of switching radios, when it decided to donate the old radios to CSU Police.

“The Patrol shared that they were transitioning from one portable radio to another and then began working on steps to implement the process for CSU Police to obtain the previously utilized portable radios,” Lewis said.

According to a media release, the radios were transferred to the department rather than sending them to state salvage.

The Highway Patrol provided the radios to assist the department in upgrading its communications capabilities.

Lewis said the Police Department is working with the Greater Cleveland Radio Communications Network to prepare it for everyday operations and for the upcoming Republican National Convention.

“CSU Police Department is currently working with the Greater Cleveland Radio Communications Network and gaining access to the 800 MHz radio system,” he said, “The 800 MHz radio system is a statewide radio communication network that grants access to agencies to communicate with one another.”

The chief said “Once CSU Police joins the network, communication among other law enforcement agencies will begin as we prepare for the upcoming RNC and for day-to-day operations.”

“This is not the first partnership with ODPS and the OSHP. The department has participated in other cooperative efforts,” Lewis said.

“The partnership with ODPS, and the OSHP dates back to other joint efforts such as the Ohio Homeland Security initiatives with K9 Rex as a Division of Ohio Department of Public Safety,” he said.

In a media release, Lewis noted that the men and women of the CSU Police Department appreciate the donation.

“The men and women of the Cleveland State University Police Department value the rich partnership shared with the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” Lewis said.

“We appreciate the portable radios, which will be used to enhance inter-agency communications.”


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