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•  March 1997 – Responding to requests from Indiana State Police officials, state legislators begin to address the severe deficiency in public safety communications by establishing the State Agency Public Safety Commission (SAPSC), IC 10-1-10 . The SAPSC is directed to help state agencies transition to a statewide 800 MHz communications system, which would be available to local and federal agencies as well.

•  September 1997 – The State contracts with public safety communications consultants to develop a strategic plan. Mr. Michael P. Thayer, a public safety communications expert, leads the consulting team.

•  December 1997 – Law enforcement agencies and the Governor's Office sponsor a Governor's Summit on Integrated Law Enforcement. More than 300 local, state and federal first responders and elected officials attend the Summit to talk about ways to voluntarily share resources and information.

•  October 1998 – Focus group discussions are held with public safety personnel statewide, and participants provide input and share feedback on public safety communications issues. Regional meetings are held in Hobart , South Bend , Fort Wayne , Marion , Lafayette , Richmond , Indianapolis , Terre Haute , Bloomington , Batesville and Evansville . This information is used to draft a strategic plan.

•  November 1998 – More than 400 public safety representatives and elected officials attend the Governor's 2nd Annual Summit to receive and discuss The Statewide Public Safety Voice/Data Communications System Strategic Plan.

•  April 1999 – The state issues a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a statewide public safety communications system. Eight vendors respond. A team representing local, state and federal public safety and government agencies review vendor proposals and select a winning contractor.

•  July 1999 – The Indiana General Assembly creates the Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC) to coordinate Project Hoosier SAFE-T. The commission also has authority over other multi-agency public safety issues. The IPSC is made up of 12 members representing fire departments, emergency management agencies, emergency medical service providers, police departments, elected officials, and other public safety disciplines.

•  November 1999 – The State selects Motorola as the winning contractor for Project Hoosier SAFE-T. Strategy discussions begin between the State's negotiations team and Motorola.

•  January 2000 – More than 500 local, state and federal first responders, public safety professionals and elected officials attend the third Governor's Summit to discuss Project Hoosier SAFE-T and the benefits of interagency communications. Lt. Governor Joseph Kernan, Speaker of the House John Gregg and President Pro Tem Bob Garton address the conference luncheon. In an unprecedented show of support, 68 counties form 12 consortiums to be the first to join the Project Hoosier SAFE-T system as a demonstration project. The consortiums generate nearly 800 support letters from local government and public safety leaders.

•  April 2000 – The Northeast Indiana Public Safety Voice and Data Consortium, Hoosier Partners, Johnson County Emergency Communications Consortium and the Southeast Indiana Regional Communications Consortium are selected to participate in Demonstration Projects. These projects are intended to demonstrate the benefits and cost savings of Project Hoosier SAFE-T.

•  June 2000 – Contract negotiations with Motorola are completed and a contract is signed.

•  July 2000 – Using a creative combination of federal grants and partnerships with state and local agencies, construction of Project Hoosier SAFE-T begins.

•  February 2001 – Governor's Summit 2001 on Project Hoosier SAFE-T, "Bridging the Communications Gap” is held. Nearly 600 public safety officials and government leaders discuss key issues concerning the proper steps for public safety agencies to join Project Hoosier SAFE-T and funding for both system infrastructure and subscriber equipment.

•  January 2002 – Johnson County public safety agencies are the first to “go live” on the SAFE-T system. All public safety officials, fire, police, EMS , and more, in Johnson County , are equipped with updated, technologically advanced communication tools.

•  February 2002 – Four communications sites in southeast Indiana become operational on the SAFE-T network.

•  March 2002 – Spurred in part by the 9-11 terrorist attack, the Indiana General Assembly passes HEA 1001, which dedicates a portion of existing BMV fees to help fund SAFE-T.

•  July 2002 – HEA 1001 becomes effective providing long-term funding for SAFE-T. A staff of five is hired to ensure the successful implementation of SAFE-T.

•  August 2002 – The IPSC partners with INDOT to integrate SAFE-T along the Toll Road in Northern Indiana . INDOT provides funding, personnel, and resources to help IPSC construct and implement the system on a long term basis. The State Emergency Management Agency announces that it wants to upgrade five central Indiana communications sites to the SAFE-T system by October 2003 to ensure adequate response in the event of a disaster at the Newport Chemical Depot. SEMA not only aids with construction costs, it also helps local agencies buy equipment with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

•  September 2002 – Tornadoes rip through Indiana , destroying many communities. The tornado ripped an amazingly similar path to a 1996 storm, which devastated Johnson County . In 1996, it took first responders 96 hours to restore control and calm partly due to the 18 incompatible communications systems in the county. In 2002, it took only 7 hours, thanks to the SAFE-T system. Four law enforcement and nine fire departments on the SAFE-T network issued 12,955 transmissions in 7 hours, almost 31 per minute and 4,000 in the peak 2-hour period. All reports indicate that SAFE-T performed extremely well, enabling first responders to properly respond to the natural disaster.

•  October 2002 – The City of Crawfordsville in Montgomery County joins SAFE-T, becoming the second entity to participate in the statewide program. Drug raids in Madison , involving over 70 officers from multiple agencies using the SAFE-T network for tactical coordination, result in 25 arrests and 116 criminal charges against those arrested.

•  January 2003 – IPSC staff and vendors begin statewide implementation of the SAFE-T network the northeast part of Indiana . This first phase consists of 55 communication sites stretching from Steuben County to Sullivan County and from Lake County to Ohio County .

•  2003-2004 - Build-out of the system progresses through the northern and central parts of the state. Officials from other states begin to look at Project Hoosier SAFE-T as a national model. By the end of 2004, 54 sites are active on the system.

•  September 2005 – IPSC staff celebrates the halfway point in the build out of the system, activating the 63rd communications site in Brazil , IN. Click here for the story and pictures.