Stafford County Connects to the National Capital Region Network (NCRnet)

Posted Jun 22, 2021
From left to right: Chief Technology Officer Mike Cannon, Sheriff David Decatur, Fire Chief Joseph Cardello, Board of Supervisors Chair Crystal Vanuch, Vice-Chair Cindy Shelton, NVERS Executive Director Kristin Nickerson, and NVERS Program Director Andrew Slater

On June 1, 2021, Stafford County Government held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating Stafford County’s connection to the National Capital Region Network (NCRnet). NCRnet is a fiber optic network built to establish a strong, safe, and effective way for community leaders and first responders to communicate and share critical information during regular operations and emergencies. NCRnet was developed largely in response to the gaps in public safety communications interoperability, made clear by the events of September 11, 2001.  

Through the efforts of Stafford County, Prince William County, and NVERS staff, Stafford County has now joined 21 jurisdictions currently connected to NCRnet within the National Capital region, including jurisdictions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The Department of Homeland Security provided funding for the expansion of NCRnet services to Stafford County through Urban Areas Security Initiatives (UASI) funds. The addition of Stafford County to NCRnet’s connected jurisdictions will bolster public safety communications interoperability throughout Northern Virginia, allowing for greater cooperation and coordination amongst first responders.

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