LAPD equips every officer with FirstNet-enabled cellphones

The new iPhone 13 Pro Max cellphones will allow officers to work on their phones instead of at the station

By Anne Berleant 

LOS ANGELES —  The Los Angeles Police Department has issued iPhone 13 Pro Max cellphones equipped with FirstNet to each of its officers, expanding its use of the networking technology, according to a FirstNet press release. The department first began using FirstNet software in its communications center during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“With FirstNet, we are taking the next step in fulfilling our vision of the future of police work,” LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said. “Taking advantage of the apps and reliable and secure connection, officers will be able to do their work on their phones or in the cars, instead of at the station, allowing more time to help those in the community and creating a safer environment.”  

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LAPD patrol vehicles will be outfitted with Cradlepoint routers that will provide network connectivity for officers in the field to allow for 5G and further technological innovation in the field. 

Officers will also be equipped with Intrepid Network’s Response for FirstNet, a web and mobile situational awareness platform that makes it possible for teams to communicate and coordinate based on near-real-time information, FirstNet said. 


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