Why Can't We Talk? Working Together to Bridge the Communications Gap to Save Lives: A Guide for Public Officials [Updated February 2005] [open pdf - 1MB]
"In an era where technology can bring news, current events, and entertainment to the farthest reaches of the world, many law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service personnel working in the same jurisdiction cannot communicate with one another. The inability of our public safety officials to readily communicate with one another threatens the public's safety and often results in unnecessary loss of lives and property. Recognizing that solutions to this national issue can only be achieved through cooperation between all levels of government, 18 national associations representing State and local elected and appointed officials and public safety officials formed a task force to address this issue. This guide is the result of the significant commitment by members of this task force who shared their knowledge, experience, and wisdom."
National Criminal Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/