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Harlem officers using new radios

Posted: March 24, 2013 - 12:00am
Ronnie Wilson, with Wilson Communication, installs a new radio in a Harlem Department of Public Safety car. The radios were purchased in part with a state grant.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Ronnie Wilson, with Wilson Communication, installs a new radio in a Harlem Department of Public Safety car. The radios were purchased in part with a state grant.

Harlem Department of Public Safety officers are using new radios, thanks to a state grant.

New mobile radios were installed in recently purchased patrol cars, Harlem Chief David Sward said.

In October, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the department a $10,000 Small Agency Grant. The city pitched in with additional funding to purchase 10 portable radios and eight mobile radios for the patrol cars and dispatcher center, said City Manager Jason Rizner

“The ones that we had were fine, it was just time to upgrade,” Sward said. “They are working great, no more static or anything like that.”

The portable radios arrived and were put into service just before Christmas. The mobiles have since been installed and put into service.

The city’s repeater is slated for upgrades switching it from analog to digital, similar to recent changes with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office system. The radios will operate for the department long after the change.

“They are newer radios and they are capable of going digital,” Sward said. “Hopefully by the end of the year, we will switch over to digital.”

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