Alabama city plans upgrade of police radio system

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NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama town plans to overhaul its police communications system in the next two years at an estimated cost of about $1.5 million.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/TH1qJZ) that Northport's communication system has had a hard time keeping up as the city limits have grown.

City Administrator Scott Collins says the existing radio system still works, but there are dead spots in some parts of the city.

Collins recently told the City Council that it doesn't work as well in the northern part of the city or in areas with deep hills or valleys. He said that in those areas, officers keep a backup two-way radio for communication just in case.

Also, Northport's current system can't be used to communicate with Tuscaloosa police or the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com



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