KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County has completed the purchase of new radio equipment for the county’s sheriff’s deputies, park rangers and corrections officers that will enhance their communication capabilities during emergency situations.
The Jackson County Legislature approved the $4.8 million purchase from Motorola Solutions, Inc. at their regular weekly meeting this afternoon. This represents a twenty percent savings from original cost estimates, which exceeded $20 million.
Jackson County was able to lower costs for this project by collaborating with the Missouri Highway Patrol as well as the Kansas City and Independence Police Departments.
“In order to keep the citizens of our community safe, it is essential that we provide our first responders with the best technology available,” said County Executive Mike Sanders. “By working with our regional partners, we have improved our public safety capabilities without additional expense to county taxpayers.”
In addition to the new radios, the county will add two new radio towers in 2013 that will enhance and expand the capabilities of the new system. When the system is fully implemented, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies will have the ability to communicate with law enforcement agencies throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
“There is no more important tool for our deputies than effective communication,” said Sheriff Mike Sharp. “This new system represents a vital improvement in our ability to fight crime in Jackson County.”