Law Enforcement Communications

September 21, 2020

Overview

Law Enforcement Communications is comprised of two functional areas. As technology, data availability, and integration opportunities continue to expand, Law Enforcement Communications has a chance to evolve its role to enhance tactical response support to law enforcement by leveraging these capabilities. An initiative is currently underway to identify and implement new tools, resources and capabilities into the Law Enforcement Communications Operational areas.

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Field Operations

Law Enforcement Communications – Field Operations provides communication services to Department personnel and disseminates emergency information to the Citizens of Texas. There are 22 Communications Facilities throughout the state, approximately 160 Police Communications Operators, 25 Communications Supervisors and 7 Regional Communications Coordinators.

Strategically located Law Enforcement Communications facilities provide maximum radio and telecommunications coverage necessary for law enforcement officers in routine activities as well as critical life-threatening situations. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide the immediate connection to responding officers for information and critical life-safety support via radio
  • Validation and interpretation of public safety database queries by law enforcement personnel
  • Answer Stranded Motorist hotline calls providing assistance for the citizens of the State of Texas when they are stranded on our public roadways
  • Communications support to other state law enforcement agencies such as Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and many others
  • Act as a warning point for local agencies and jurisdictions through the Texas Early Warning System and in conjunction with the Texas Division of Emergency Management

The personnel that staff our LE Communications Facilities are first responder professionals who pursue excellence and take pride in the responsibilities that they carry. For a listing of vacancies at any of the Law Enforcement Communications Facilities, visit our Job Opportunities page.

Response Operations

Law Enforcement Communications – Response Operations is responsible for emergency communications operations and maintenance of mobile command platforms and support equipment. The unit is also responsible for coordination of the Communications Emergency Operations Team (CEOT) and the extensive CEOT training program. The LE Communications Response Operations area also coordinates communications emergency response assets of the Communications Coordination Group (CCG) through the State Operations Center.

Available Response Communications equipment

  • Mobile Command & Communications trailers
  • FSUs - Field Support units and support trailers
  • UTVs - 2 Polaris Rangers
  • Cache of Communications equipment (radios, repeaters, inflatable towers)

Our Law Enforcement Communications first responders deploy to provide support:

  • Pursuits, manhunts, active law enforcement scenes, and task forces
  • Communications with special ops teams such as SWAT, Marine unit, Texas Rangers special operations, dive team and other crime task forces
  • Communications support to other state law enforcement agencies such as Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and many others
  • Deployments to a wide variety of unplanned and planned events including hurricanes, Super Bowls, NASCAR races, concerts and other natural disasters

Members of Law Enforcement Communications – Field Operations have the opportunity to join a specialized team called the Communications Emergency Operations Team (CEOT) to deploy equipment and provide critical communications in emergency, disaster or special event operations.