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Harris Corporation Names Retired Highway Patrol Major Steve Williams Operations Manager of Florida’s Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MELBOURNE, Fla. and BOSTON, Mass., May 27, 2015

Advisory Facts

  • Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) named Steve Williams, retired Major and Chief Technology Officer of the Florida Highway Patrol, Operations Manager of Florida’s statewide law enforcement radio system (SLERS).
  • Williams will have responsibility for all implementation, operations and maintenance of SLERS.
  • Williams, 57, worked his way from Trooper in 1981 to Major and the Department’s Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, he oversaw a multimillion-dollar budget, 49 personnel and was responsible for delivering IT services to various units of the Department.
  • In his decorated three-decade career in law enforcement, Williams served as a trooper, homicide investigator and manager, spending the last 13 years of his career focused on technology and communications support for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
  • Williams provided strategic direction for Public Safety Communications Systems involving land mobile radio and mobile data and Public Safety Regional Communications Centers. Williams drove efforts to align information technology with the overall strategy of the Department and Florida Highway Patrol, while overseeing the budget and contracts for IT systems critical to the operations of law enforcement, drivers licenses issuance and motor vehicle registrations.

Quote, attributable to Darren McQueen, President, Harris PSPC

“Harris’ SLERS network has been critical to ensuring law enforcement communications for the benefit of public safety for more than a decade. We are thrilled to have Steve Williams join the Harris team to ensure SLERS continues to provide the necessary tools for officers statewide to stay safe and keep their communities safe. Steve has decades of experience as a law enforcement officer, is well-respected in the law enforcement community and has a vast knowledge of technical and operational facets of communication systems.”

Visit the Florida SLERS snapshot for more information.

The State Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) is a statewide network that provides communication capabilities for more than 16,000 state law enforcement officers across Florida, from Pensacola to Miami, and more than 20,000 users across the state. The network of more than 200 sites covers 58,000 square miles and processes 29 million network transmissions per month. SLERS, operated by Harris since 2001, has had zero system outages during the last eight hurricanes and other natural disasters.

In public safety and professional communications Harris is a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, federal, utility, commercial and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks, to next-generation, secure public safety-grade LTE (Long-Term Evolution) solutions for voice, video and data applications, to industry leading multiband, multimode radios.  Harris has more than 80 years of experience in public safety and professional communications and supports over 500 systems around the world.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries.  Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 13,000 employees — including 6,000 engineers and scientists.  Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems and services.  Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

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