Michigan State Police Transform First Responder Communications with FirstNet

David Lewis – President, AT&T Michigan
August 8, 2022
Public Safety


Michigan State Police Transform First Responder Communications with FirstNet

Michigan just got a little safer.

Earlier this summer, the Michigan State Police expanded its troopers’ abilities to connect to FirstNet® – the only network built with and for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community—with the recent purchase of a Compact Rapid Deployable (CRD). With this exciting announcement and new tech advancement, the MSP can equip its first responders with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, allowing them to better serve those who live, work and visit Michigan.

The Department recently deployed the CRD at a National Guard aircraft exercise conducted in the Upper Peninsula, where it provided coverage for the Michigan State Police and other local first responder agencies on FirstNet. The Department plans on utilizing this asset at future events and during disasters, such as weather emergencies like the tornado that struck Gaylord, Michigan in May.

FirstNet is designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide, allowing first responders to communicate with one another easily and quickly during everyday situations, big events or emergencies. This capability is integral to solving the communications challenges public safety has experienced in the past.

The Michigan State Police have been using FirstNet for two years for mobile phones and vehicle modems to provide better upload speed and priority access to the network for officers working in the field, and we are honored that they chose FirstNet to elevate their communications capabilities.

It’s our mission to give first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to safely and effectively achieve their mission. FirstNet will help first responders in Michigan and across the country perform at the highest levels to keep themselves and those they serve out of harm’s way.