Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to get radio system upgrade

(Source: Pexels/Kindel Media)
(Source: Pexels/Kindel Media)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will get an upgraded radio system.

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of a much needed radio
upgrade for the sheriff’s office on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The funds were approved through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) that the county received from the Federal Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Motorola Digital Radio system will cost $173,296.10.

“The current radio system that we have is approximately 25 years old and extremely out of date,” said Williamson County Chief Deputy Scott McCabe. “This new radio system will allow us to respond to emergencies in a timelier manner along with addressing the public and responding deputy’s safety.”

This new radio system will be a digital system and allow deputies to have interoperability with communicating to other agencies such as police, fire, and EMS within and around Williamson County.

The new radio system will also have a cellular component built in so that if a deputy is unable to transmit on the radio it can be done via a cellular telephone application in case of an emergency.

The new radio system will also have encryption capabilities to meet new federal guidelines.

The sheriff’s office plans to have the new system in place in the next few months.

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