2009-10-15 / Local & State

Police Used Texting To Communicate During G-20

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police say they used a secure, group text-messaging service to keep thousands of officers on the same page during last month’s Group of 20 economic summit.

The texts were used to keep about 5,700 officers in touch during the summit and, specifically, to respond to security threats. The city has about 900 officers, but brought in thousands more from other jurisdictions to deal with concerns about protesters.

Texting was used because it would have been too difficult to coordinate the various radio frequencies used by out of town police.

The company is continuing to offer the service free to city police.

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