Los Angeles Opts Out of LA-RICS System

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 yesterday to opt out of membership in the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS). A report prepared by the city cited, among other things, the estimated $18 million cost for the city to build its own land mobile radio system for the Los Angeles Police Department by 2017, compared with the $149 million cost to build the LA-RICS LMR system. The city, however, will remain an affiliate member of LA-RICS. LA-RICS has been plagued by a number of problems as it sought to build out its network, including objections from fire fighters and city residents.

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