HISD Police Hope to Upgrade Radios

Radio inter-operability has been a goal of local law enforcement agencies and now the Houston Independent School District's police force is looking to be a part of the same network. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker reports.

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The HISD Police Department is looking for $800,000 worth of new radios for its officers. Chief Charles Wiley says the current radios have a significant number of dead spots where communication is impossible.

"They can't talk to one another in some cases in the same building much less talk to mobile units outside or a dispatcher several miles away."

The request that goes before the school board will also ask for about $15,000 a year for HISD to be a part of the Harris County emergency radio network. 65 local, state and federal agencies are able to communicate through the system. It meets federal guidelines established following 9/11. Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.

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