Project 5: Public Safety Communication Improvements
The new communication technology replaced 12-15 year-old equipment used primarily by the Police Department, Fire Department, and the Sheriff’s Office. The new technology includes communication equipment and computer- based communication control systems which support emergency communications (911 Emergency Communication) for the general public and operations of other departments. This technology allows for non-telephone communication with 911 and protects the police from public-used scanners. The radio system improves signal coverage and allows for radio frequencies to pick up more than one voice at a time by using digital signals. The project replaced radios, wiring, and antennas. The new technology also enhances the ability to map cellular connections from GPS during a 911 call. In the future, the system can support text messaging to 911. The project also includes funding to replace the main computer equipment involved in the County's radio dispatch system in 2022.