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Abbotsford joins 14 other police forces using radio network

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – The Abbotsford police force is dropping a high-tech line to other police forces in the Lower Mainland.

The department is launching a communication system that will allow its officers to link up with 14 other departments on a special radio system, including Vancouver Police.

The system, called E-Comm 9-1-1, is a wire-area radio network that serves as the emergency communications centre for southwestern BC.

It was developed in 1994 following that era’s Stanley Cup hockey riot in downtown Vancouver.

On Tuesday, the chiefs of Abbotsford and Vancouver police will demonstrate the radio system that they’re calling a “significant advancement” for public safety.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald says planning began about five years ago, but notes the implementation is timely in light of the continued need for widespread communication highlighted by second Stanley Cup riot in June.