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  • Marana Police Department joins PCWIN

    May 03, 2017 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN) has announced the inclusion of the Town of Marana in the regional emergency communications system. 

    “PCWIN is pleased to welcome the Town of Marana.  This agreement culminates a lengthy period of negotiation between the PCWIN cooperative and the Town,” pcwinsaid Assistant Pima County Administrator John Voorhees.  “Marana’s participation on the network bolsters public safety for all of Pima County. The citizens of our county will derive a great benefit from the increased effectiveness in radio communication.”

    Pima County Wireless Integrated Network system enables 55 public safety and public service agencies – including police, fire, public utility and transportation agencies – to talk to one other by radio in real time on a single system, regardless of their jurisdiction boundaries.

    Prior to construction of PCWIN, public safety and other agencies were unable to communicate with one another directly over radio networks because each agency maintained its own communications system. 

    The Marana Police Department will initially have 11 radios enabled to communicate over PCWIN. The town’s cost per radio is $33 per month.  Marana had previously chosen to decline participation in PCWIN when the network was under construction in 2010. 

    “The citizens of Pima County scored a win with the inclusion of the Town of Marana into the PCWIN network and cooperative. This opens a new an avenue of public safety cooperation in the region,” Voorhees said.

    PCWIN is governed by a Cooperative of member agencies. The governing board and committees meet regularly to develop policy and chart a strategic vision for interoperable communication in Pima County. Member agencies share in the collaborative effort to enhance communication. 

    Pima County voters approved $60 million in 2004 general obligation bond funding to construct the emergency communications network. 


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