The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Workplace, Kearney Police Division, is searching for funding for a brand new $ 4.6 million radio system for State and Regional Information
He said research into the new system began about two years ago. Bryan Waugh, Kearney Police Chief, told county board members that the recommended system is “robust, safe and sustainable”.
Tony Kosiva, a Motorola representative, said the system’s implementation would unfold quickly in about 11 months if approved with a go-live date in November 2021. The system includes the dispatchers’ radios, but there are additional components including mandatory officers and first responders and the eight towers in Buffalo County that carry radio signals. Kosiva said three towers near Kearney would send stronger signals so they can penetrate the larger buildings in the city.
Jason Whalen, administrator for the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department, said a building-piercing signal would help the firefighters. He said they sometimes struggle with poor communication to fight indoor fires.
“Radio communications are only important to what we do,” said Whalen.
Kosiva said the new digital system will improve the clarity and range of the voice.
The Buffalo County system, valued at $ 4,559,865, is designed to cover an area of 975 square miles.
Kosiva provided cost comparisons:
– Dodge County: $ 10.2 million, 902 square miles;
– Washington County: $ 5 million, 393 square miles; and,