Los Angeles International Airport announced Friday that a new computer-aided dispatch and records management system for LAX police will be purchased after the Board of Airport Commissioners approved the expense.

The new technology for the Los Angeles Airport Police Division will improve the force’s efficiency and effectiveness, allowing it to more rapidly respond to situations, LAX said.

“Speed and information are essential for any law enforcement officer to do his or her job effectively, and with Friday’s board approval, Los Angeles Airport Police will become even more effective in their day-to-day policing,” said Patrick M. Gannon, deputy executive director for Homeland Security for Los Angeles World Airports. “This next-generation technology will help us enhance our ability to communicate amongst ourselves and other law enforcement agencies, which strengthens our ability to protect our airports from terrorism and other threats.”

The new CAD system will replace the existing dispatch system, which has been operational for 25 years. Replacement of the CAD program also addresses recommendations from the Terminal 3 Shooting After Action Report, which called for some changes to procedures and policy after a gunman opened fire at the airport on Nov.1, 2013, killing a TSA officer and wounding several other people.

The contract for the new CAD and RMS was awarded to Motorola Solutions, Inc. The five-year contract comes with five one-year renewal options, and is valued at an amount not to exceed $9.3 million.

“At Los Angeles World Airports, we are always looking for ways to improve on safety, security and efficiency, and the new CAD and RMS systems will do just that,” said Aura Moore, deputy executive director and chief information officer, LAWA. “This new technology will provide more incident intelligence to our officers than ever before, allowing Los Angeles Airport Police to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.”

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