Louisville Receives $4 Million For MetroSafe System, Law Enforcement
Tuesday September 14, 2004
Louisville Metro Government has received $4 million in grants that will be used for the MetroSafe Communications System and law enforcement efforts as part of the latest round of Homeland Security funding.
The grants were part of about $35 million in federal funds allocated to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security for distribution to local governments across the state.
“Ensuring that emergency responders throughout our hometown can communicate seamlessly and quickly is a top priority,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “The additional grants from the state represent an important step in making this important initiative a reality.”
With the additional grants, Louisville now has about $31 million available for the MetroSafe Communications System – $18 million in local funds and $13 million from federal and state grants. The communications system will ultimately cost more than $50 million and is expected to be operational in 2006.
About $3 million of the grant funding will help purchase a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system for the MetroSafe system. The CAD will help create a central dispatching system for the community’s first responders. That will make it easier to transmit data between the MetroSafe facility and first responders in the field, Abramson said.
The other $1 million in grant funds will be used to purchase mobile data computers and hand-held computers for law enforcement officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department; Shively, Jeffersontown and St. Matthews police departments and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office that will allow for wireless data transmission of intelligence information.
MetroSafe will help link the community’s nine emergency dispatch centers, ranging from police and fire departments to the Emergency Medical Service and area hospitals. The MetroSafe System also will have the ability to work with dispatch centers in to other counties throughout the region.
In May, Abramson announced that Louisville would spend $4 million to purchase one of the most secure structures in the community – the former Federal Reserve Bank Building – to house the MetroSafe system. The building has about 100,000 square feet of usable space.