Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cincinnati Police Experiencing Radio Problems with Motorola APX6000 Radios

Cincinnati police have found that their radios aren't reliable during sudden activity or bursts of loud voices, which occur routinely in stressful situations after officers respond to scenes, according to Sgt. Dan Hils, president of Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge No. 69. The FOP organization is considering suing Motorola to force compliance to fix the audio problems associated with the police radio system, which has also experienced dead zones where radios can't transmit or communicate even under normal voice conditions.

The problems surfaced when Cincinnati Police Department upgraded their radio system and purchased hundreds of Motorola APX 6000 radios.

All police departments in Northwest Central Dispatch System (NWCDS) in the northwest suburbs of Chicago use APX 6000 radios.

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Fox19.com FOP looks into lawsuit against Motorola over radios, safety concerns

WCPO Cincinnati police union to explore possibility of suing Motorola over radios

Friday, April 15, 2016

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 10-April 17

April 10-April 17 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The second week of April in the United States is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  The week is celebrated annually and it honors the thousands of "9-1-1 Dispatchers" who answer emergency calls, dispatch first responders, and relay life-saving instructions to those in need of help.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Boynton Beach Florida Getting New P25 Radio System for Police and Firefighters

Boynton Beach, Florida is progressing by a main radio system for 2.3 million. The new equipment is necessary for Boynton to be able to continue to communicate with the county. The 9-1-1 radio system will cost about $416,000 and the radios are about $1.9 million. Radios for police will cost about $1.35 million. Fire radios will cost about $422,000. Non-public safety employees radio will cost about $49,249, according to city documents.

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Florida City to Spend $2.3M on Dispatch, Radio Upgrades

Oakland Police Radio System Goes Down; Control Channel Failure

KTVU has obtained an internal memo from Chief Sean Whent telling his officers that the system failed because of a "malfunction of the control channel." When that happens, the whole network goes down. No channels work. The most recent failure occurred Friday, March 4, 2016.

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More problems with Oakland police radios

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Two Arrests -- One for Domestic Battery -- Could Mean Dismissal for Chicago OEMC Fire Dispatcher

Charles Reed, 35, is a fire dispatcher who has worked for the Office of Emergency Management and Communication since August 2011, is accused of pistol-whipping his girlfriend. His job includes dispatching ambulances.

Charles Reed's older brother — a deputy director — who covered for his brother's absence after a drunken-driving arrest in September.

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Chicago Tribune City moves to fire 911 dispatcher after domestic abuse arrest