March 17, 2005

Radio Gift Will Help Local Dispatching

A St. Louis suburb has made improved radio traffic possible in Scotland County thanks to a recent donation. The Foristell Police Department recently gave six Motorola radio systems to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

Three of the radios will go into place in the department’s vehicles. The other three radios will be used in the dispatching center to improve services for all units currently monitored by the sheriff’s department.

Sheriff Wayne Winn stated that the new radios will be added to the existing dispatching bank. Currently the sheriff’s band is set at priority on the radio band. This means, with the old system, if a fire department or ambulance transmission was being made at the same time as a sheriff’s department transmission, the dispatcher would only be able to hear the priority signal from the sheriff’s department.

Each of the new radios will be set with its own priority channel, meaning that fire and rescue and ambulance transmissions can be received on these systems even when there is simultaneously radio activity from other departments.

“Thanks to this project we can now monitor more channels at the same time and insure we don’t miss anything,” Winn said. “Even if the fire, ambulance and sheriff’s departments are all talking at the same time, the traffic will bounce to the different priority radios so that no communications are missed.”

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