SAVANNAH, GA.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Savannah, Georgia announced today that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) agreeing to share radio communication.
As part of a continued partnership between CBP and civilian law enforcement agencies, the agencies have agreed to share radio communications enhancing the security posture between the groups. GPA, through a DHS grant, purchased a system that will allow both CBP and GPA to communicate directly through a radio frequency at the GPA regulated terminals. The system provides fully functioning dispatch capabilities for conventional radio systems and can control multiple, wireless radio systems. The integrated communications and information solution will serve as a central point for all radio communications.
Shared radio communications is only one example of continued partnerships CBP has made with stakeholders at the Area Port of Savannah. This partnership is aimed at achieving an increased level of safety and security of the port, and will allow both agencies to increase their ability to quickly respond to safety and security situations.
Signing the MOU for CBP was Mrs. Lisa Beth M. Brown, Area Port Director for the Port of Savannah who stated "Interoperable communication is imperative during joint operations or emerging situations. I'm pleased that we were able to find technology that will only improve our solid working relationship." "We are pleased to sign this memorandum of understanding with U.S. Customs and Border Protection today," said Curtis Foltz, GPA's Executive Director. "This agreement will allow the GPA and Customs to work in a more collaborative fashion to protect our waterfront."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.