Covert radios deployed by Isle of Man police

Police and customs officers on the Isle of Man are being equipped with TETRA radios suitable for covert use. The new equipment is expected to be fully operation by June, in time for the island’s annual TT motorcycle races and accompanying influx of visitors.

Mar 13, 2008
By Paul Jacques
Left to right: Kay Dargue, head of South Tees Youth Justice Service, PCC Matt Storey and Chief Inspector John Dodsworth.

Police and customs officers on the Isle of Man are being equipped with TETRA radios suitable for covert use. The new equipment is expected to be fully operation by June, in time for the island’s annual TT motorcycle races and accompanying influx of visitors.

The new TCR1000 TETRA Covert Radio from Motorola is designed to improve operational effectiveness with its small ergonomic design helping officers to disguise their communications equipment during covert operations.
“At last we have a covert radio that is fit for purpose,” said Robert Williamson, technical director at the Department of Home Affairs. “TETRA is a very appropriate communications technology for policing activity, but until now we have not had a suitable form factor for covert operations”

The small, lightweight design of the TCR1000 Covert TETRA terminal incorporates many features designed to address the unique requirements of covert users, such as discrete audio, radio control and battery life. Despite the compact design, the radio also includes options for integrated GPS and end-to-end encryption.

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