This is a note from Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley:
“I want to explain the updates in our county radio communication system. Up until this time, we have operated on a wide band analog signal. This signal was narrowed by the Federal Communications Commission and that created a host of problems. The biggest problem was the radios not working correctly, which put the public and county deputies at serious risk.
“Due to these issues, we will be changing our radio frequency to a digital system. We are taking a proactive approach in doing this because the FCC narrow band issues made serving the public and our deputies very difficult.
“In making these changes, it may interrupt the sheriff’s department radio traffic heard by scanners. I appreciate that the public takes an interest in our radio traffic, but when the safety of all involved comes in question, the decision has to be made. I’m told that the equipment necessary to receive our radio traffic will be available soon. The second benefit is that if we choose to upgrade to the Digital Communication System now, we can save money by not having to upgrade our radio systems multiple times. All things considered, I see this as a positive step to provide better service, improve officer safety and save money for Van Buren County.
“Feel free to contact me with your concerns at 745-3838.”
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