Sheriff's to ask County Commissioners for $8 million for new radios
POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:22pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — $8-million. That's how much the El Paso County Sheriff's Office plans to ask the county commissioners for. Sheriff Richard Wiles told us they have asked county commissioners for $14 million in 2012 to provide all of their deputies with digital radios.
The sheriff's office offers analog radios to their deputies, which the sheriff said, are an outdated system that hinders more than it helps. “Our officers are many times left without communications in the field and have to rely on their personal cell phones many times to communicate with the dispatcher. Which is a dangerous situation, it's really not an option,” Sheriff Richard Wiles said.
The sheriff will meet with county commissioners on Monday. He said he plans to ask commissioners court to approve their contract with Motorola as well as designate the additional $8 million to cover the difference.