The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) will vastly improve radio and broadband communication for police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency responders in Los Angeles County.

Public Safety agencies for 88 cities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County currently use a patchwork of 40 aging radio networks. That means they can’t readily talk to each other, creating communications delays that waste time and imperil lives.

They are also using the same commercial broadband services that millions of us do for our smartphones and mobile devices. That means public safety agencies are competing for space on bandwidths that often slow down and sometimes crash during times of disasters or emergencies.

LA-RICS is replacing these systems with two state-of-the-art networks solely dedicated to emergency responders.

One is the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) consisting of 63 fixed towers and 15 mobile units that use Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology. This network was completed on October 1, 2015 and is currently in use by Public Safety. The system provides police and firefighters with the capability to send and receive large amounts of data, for instance, allowing an emergency room doctor to view and direct the efforts of firefighters or paramedics in the field——saving time and lives.

The other is the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system that will replace the current patchwork of aging frequencies, creating a seamless web of communication. Construction of the radio network is well underway.

For the PSBN, or broadband network, The U.S. Dept. of Commerce funded the network with a $117 million grant.

LA-RICS, a joint-powers authority, is building the networks. LA-RICS will own, operate and maintain the LMR network. The PSBN will eventually migrate to FirstNet.

Land Mobile Radio

What is it?

  • Digital Trunked Voice Radio Subsystem (DTVRS)
  • Analog Conventional Voice Radio Subsystem (ACVRS)
  • Los Angeles Regional Tactical Communications Subsystem (LARTCS)
  • Narrow Band Mobile Data Network (NMDN)

What will it do

  • Provide day-to-day radio communications service for individual public safety agencies
  • Enable interoperability among member agencies and mutual aid providers
  • Support communication with regional, state, and federal agencies in the event of a natural or man-made disaster

Public Safety Broadband Network

What is it?

  • Broadband wireless network using Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology
  • Learn more at www.firstnet.gov

What will it do

  • Provide day-to-day radio communications service for individual public safety agencies
  • Support 4G data network for secure, high-speed video and data access
  • Give emergency responders high-speed access to life saving multimedia information
  • Support the National Broadband Initiative (www.broadband.gov)

Radio Coverage

Member Agencies

LA-RICS is a joint-power authority run by representatives appointed by the following governmental agencies, which are responsible for the safety of 10 million Los Angeles County residents living on more than 4,000 square miles of diverse terrain.

  • City of Avalon
  • City of Azusa
  • City of Bell
  • City of Cerritos
  • City of Claremont
  • City of Compton
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Covina
  • City of Glendora
  • City of Hawaiian Gardens
  • City of Inglewood
  • Inglewood Unified SD
  • City of Irwindale
  • City of La Puente
  • City of La Verne
  • City of Lynwood
  • City of Maywood
  • City of Pasadena
  • City of Rancho Palos Verdes
  • City of San Fernando
  • City of Sierra Madre
  • City of Signal Hill
  • UCLA
  • City of West Covina