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Warren County Will Discuss Law Enforcement Radio Upgrades with Town

10 May 2017 News


At a May 2, work session the Warren County Board of Supervisors got a run down on a proposed upgrade to the County Sheriff’s Office radio system. Details on the proposed $1.2-million dollar purchase came from the proposed provider, Motorola-Teletronic.
 
The recommended system would not only improve the aging sheriff’s office radios, but provide improved integration with county fire & rescue, which has a nearly 10-year-old Motorola-based system.
 
While fire & rescue is not looking at a major upgrade, discussion indicated the Front Royal Police may be in about the same situation as the sheriff’s office – dealing with an outdated radio system with some glaring coverage gaps.  The new system would not require any new radio tower construction.
 
Supervisor Dan Murray suggested a joint purchase of the proposed system by both county and town law enforcement to achieve a better price than either would get individually.
 
Coverage for portable, on-hip radios would improve countywide from about 50% to 97%.  In-vehicle radios would improve from 90% to that same 97% coverage estimate. 
 
The county board suggested taking the joint purchase to an upcoming town-county liaison meeting.

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