The Justice Department has approved a $3 million grant to help Utah law enforcement agencies communicate better during the 2002 Olympics.

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, who requested the grant, said, "Currently, public safety, health and emergency response personnel in Utah are unable to communicate adequately with one another by radio."For example, he said, "A police officer in northern Utah can't communicate with an ambulance driver or law enforcement official in Salt Lake City. This new network will change that."

He said the money will help law enforcement agencies to update technology and create a statewide network.

"This need is especially great in light of the unique challenges we will face during the 2002 Olympic Games," he said.

Bennett included language in an appropriations bill directing the Justice Department to look at such funding.