Santa Cruz County, Arizona - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office was awarded a state grant to provide a common communication platform to connect directly with multiple public safety partners, regional partners, and schools. The system is a robust information-sharing network where data, voice communications, and LIVE full-motion video can be shared among users.
At the Regular Board of Supervisors meeting, a $750,000 sole source contract was awarded to Mutalink, Inc. to provide the installation and ongoing support of a communications platform from June 2023 through June 30, 2025. According to the Mutalink website, the platform is used to “reduce response times and time to resolution in emergencies. In both the public and private sectors reduced response times protect the lives of students, employees, worshippers, ordinary citizens, and innocent bystanders. That’s why we created LNK360™ — the best interoperable communications system available today.”
During the meeting, Mutualink representative Mark Taylor stated the grant was provided to all 15 counties in Arizona. He said the technology “provides all schools and law enforcement partners with interoperability technology that allows schools to communicate with 9-1-1 directly providing them situational awareness in case of an emergency.”
The system has been launched in nine counties and Santa Cruz County will be the tenth county to launch. In addition to local communications, the platform will also allow for communication with agencies throughout the state.