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WPS Look To Hire Radio Consultant

If there's a call for back-up, police want to be sure that call is heard. Woodstock Police are finding their new radio system might need some fine tuning. $20,000 has been put in the police budget this year to hire a radio consultant. This, after police have found there are certain buildings in the city where communication is spotty. Police Chief Rod Freeman says, "What we've found over the last 2 or 3-years is that there are certain types of structures in the city where we have difficulty communicating with officers on their portable radios." Freeman says it could be a safety issue. "Well it's important that we remain in constant contact with our officers on patrol, because they're dealing with people in a variety of situations, situations involving conflict. We want to ensure if those officers need assistance, that we're able to hear that call for service, wherever they may be in the city." Freeman hopes to hire an expert in the coming months to see if they can ensure they are maximizing the radio system's capability. It was just in 2008 when the state-of-the-art radio system was purchased for a cost of $1.6-million, shared by the former partners of the Oxford Community Police.

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