MADISON, W.Va – The Madison Police Department purchased new Motorola APX 8000 Band Portable Radios October 6.
The radios were purchased using a grant the city applied for in August this year.
The process was complete as of November 15.
Madison City Mayor H. H. Howell, Jr said, “The grant was through the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety (DMAPS) who received it as a pass through grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security Grant Program.”
According to Howell the grant was for $50,000. The city had to pay an additional $4000 to be able to purchase these radios.
Howell said, “The grant covers nine radios, battery, spare battery, battery charger, remote speaker mike and belt clip.”
“The radios were purchased on State Contract which lowered the cost of the radios,” said Howell. “If the city had purchased the radios without State Contract and the grant the cost would have been around $60,000.”
“Boone County dispatches on a UHF channel for police, fire and ambulance,” said Howell.
“After 911 the federal government found that different agencies could not communicate with each other,” said Howell. “The federal government spent billions of dollars on an Interoperability Radio System so that all agencies could talk to one another at the scene of emergencies.”
According to Howell all agencies in the county are in the process of converting over to the State Interoperability Radio Network (SIRN).
On the sirn.wv.gov site states that, “Currently the SIRN has over 70 sites operational and provides coverage throughout most of WV.”
Before this conversion Madison Police Department had to carry two radios to communicate with other emergency personnel said Howell.
Howell said, “These radios combine both the UHF and SIRN system into one radio.”
According to Howell the State Police and the Sheriff’s Department already use these particular radios.
Howell said, “The radio is another tool in the fight against crime and with state of the art equipment our officers can better serve our citizens.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.