LAPD Comms system issue?

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Radio_Lady

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As of about 02:20 LAPD seems to be operating in a degraded mode, with all radio calls being broadcast from the division stations by officers or PSRs (if they're lucky enough to have one on duty) rather than from the Dispatch Centers. It's similar to the Fallback Level 2 or Level 3 that they switched to two years ago when Mt. Lee had that hours-long power outage. It appears to be citywide from where I'm listening. Some divisions, especially in the Valley, are using their Fallback frequencies, channels 101-125, but others are still on their regular "base" dispatch frequencies.

It's hard to tell so far if it's a drill, which they're supposed to practice from time to time, a breakdown somewhere, or maybe a system upgrade going on. 9-1-1 and 7-digit calls are probably being received as usual at the two centers and relayed by the RTOs by drop-lines to the stations. That's kind of the opposite of LASD, where incoming calls are answered at the stations but broadcast by SCC.

It sounds much less confused than it did during the 2012 incident, other than some of the dispatching officers being a little unsure about some procedures the exact terminology to use, but then they don't get 18 months of dispatch training :)
 

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It turned out to be a planned major equipment replacement which required taking only the radio portion of the dispatch centers offline. It went smoothly and all divisions were brought back to normal operation by about 7:00 a.m. with no call delays or loss of data.
 
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