Message from the Director

To the citizens of Michigan and MPSCS users:

Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System is beginning a 10-year project to replace critical equipment that is integral to the public safety communications network. Each year, funds will be allocated to perform necessary updates and repairs to aging electronic equipment at towers sites across the state. This project is critical to the seamless operation of the MPSCS and its long term sustainment.

We spent many months planning this process; now, it’s time to take our work into the field. That “field” spans more than 59,000 square miles and serves more than 1,490 state, local, federal, tribal and private public safety agencies. The system includes 246 tower sites with more than 62 state and local public safety dispatch centers and a network communications center that provides 24/7 service to more than 72,400 radios. It’s an extensive project. Each tower includes a shelter that houses the systems communication equipment, which will be replaced or refurbished. The entire project is expected to take place over 72 months.

As part of our planning, we mapped the work to minimize its impact on MPSCS members. We also will continue to work to inform local residents, who may not know that MPSCS provides the technology underpinnings of their community’s emergency communication systems.

In an emergency, every link in our communications chain is critical. That’s why we need to continue monitoring, maintaining and improving this critical resource. We will provide you with updates throughout the project. If you have questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me at stoddardb@michigan.gov or 517-336-6262.

Thank you.

Brad Stoddard