Since the 1930s, Motorola has manufactured car radio systems for police departments, becoming one of the most trusted brands in police car radio systems. Motorola’s products are some of the most capable in the field, with a model available for every need. No other company has the 85-plus years of law enforcement radio experience that Motorola has under their belt. 


Motorola Police Radio

Motorola has a long history of providing technology solutions to the U.S. and to the world. The company was founded in 1928 and was initially named the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, after the pair of brothers who started and ran the business. A couple years after the company’s start, the business made a seismic shift from producing battery eliminators to manufacturing car radios. The Galvin brothers pushed their team to design a high-quality car radio that could be produced inexpensively. They were successful, and when Paul Galvin introduced their model to the 1930 Radio Manufacturers Association convention, the company received a surge of orders. Nearly a century later, the company’s reach has expanded to police departments, fire departments, and EMS stations the world over.

In the following decades, Motorola would become a world leader in radio systems, supplying the technology used by Allied forces during World War II and by NASA. Neil Armstrong’s legendary statement following the Apollo 11 moon landing – “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – was spoken through a Motorola transceiver.

With all of the improvements in technology, it’s no wonder that more first-responders and municipalities turn to Motorola for their in-car radio needs.

Motorola’s product offerings

A comprehensive list of Motorola’s products could go on forever, but to law enforcement personnel, the company’s most important technologies are its radio systems and hand-held units. Some of those products and their features include:

1.       Motorola Handheld Radio UnitAPX P25 family of hand held radios – The APX P25 is Motorola’s current generation of portable radios, designed specifically for first responders and teams that absolutely cannot accept anything less than top notch communications. These radios are made with incredible ruggedness while not compromising on features.

The APX 8000XE is the flagship model in the APX line, designed in response to requests by first responders. The 8000XE operates on four bands and is compatible with several protocols. It features a robust audio engine with beam forming so that the radio can be used from both sides. Its audio engine is highly adaptive and adjusts to environmental noise, speaker volume and wind levels to maintain comfortable output for people on the other end. This is all done with minimal manual configuration, so first responders can focus on the mission.

The 8000XE is built for easy use in extreme environments and for maximum ruggedness. Its T-shape makes it easy to hold even when wet, its exaggerated display allows for quick and easy parsing of visual information and its rock-solid AES, DES and ADP encryption means no one can eavesdrop on the conversation.

Finally, it is built to take a pounding. The 8000XE is designed to IP 68 standards, so it can withstand full water submersion for up to four hours, and also meets MIL-STD 810 standards, reserved for products that can meet any environmental challenge. The display is manufactured with tempered glass to prevent scratches and cracks, and the radio’s interior is coated with an aluminum alloy to prevent water intrusion even if its outer housing fails.

2.       APX mobile radios – Motorola’s APX mobile radios are designed for installation in emergency vehicles and offer the same versatility and ruggedness as its hand-held units. The APX 8500 is the company’s standout mobile radio model and provides the same protocol compatibility as the 8000XE.

It can be tied to up to 20 Wi-Fi networks so that first responders can access information and receive software updates wherever they go, and those updates are provided without service interruption. The APX 8500 comes with a built-in GPS tracking system so personnel location can be monitored at all times for superior task assignment efficiency.

The APX 8500 also comes with several hardware encryption algorithms and two-factor authentication, so officers can query databases and pass on information with no fear of interception. Encryption keys are also updated over-the-air, so radios can be protected with new layers of security as time passes.

And it wouldn’t be a Motorola radio if it couldn’t take a beating, and the APX 8500 doesn’t disappoint. It is built to IP56 standards, which means it keeps going even after being exposed to water. And with MIL-STD 810 compliance, it can handle any environment.

These are just the premier versions of Motorola radios, as the tech juggernaut has dozens of radio solutions for law enforcement and emergency responder personnel. Beyond their impressive usability, security and durability, Motorola products are quick to install in police vehicles, having been design explicitly for that purpose. The result is a reliable communications system that was made for first responders, designed to first responder specifications.