The supervisors purchase a brand new $ 50,000 radio system for the sheriff
BY STEVE SWOGETINSKY
Neshoba County’s Sheriff’s Department will go to the MSWIN radio system, which Sheriff Eric Clark said will greatly improve communications.
The Neshoba County Regulatory Agency voted to purchase 22 portable and 20 MSWIN-compatible mobile radios during the board meeting on Monday.
Shanks Communications of Jackson had the low bid at $ 49,680.
This price was half what Sheriff Clark originally assumed.
“It got in the way based on my initial guess,” said Clark. “The offer I received last year was a little under $ 100,000. We held out our hand. There was a company here that worked a lot on reservations. They had some pretty good prices and offered us the same prices (as the reservation). It lowered the numbers. “
Clark hopes to start using MSWIN next month.
Regulators also approved the purchase of a shipping radio for the 911 Emergency Management Center. It and licensing is $ 11,032. The sheriff’s radios are paid for with funds from the county’s General Fund, while the shipping radio is paid for from 911 funds.
“The order is placed today,” said Jeff Mayo, county administrator. “You have to order everything and we will have talk groups assigned by the wireless commission.”
According to the Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission, MSWIN serves the state by providing reliable redundant communications for our state’s first responders.
MSWIN is a P-25 700 MHz LMR public safety communications system that provides 97% nationwide cellular coverage across multiple locations.
MSWIN is the only nationwide interoperable voice and data network for emergency communications that can be used by both state and local public safety agencies. It is designed in such a way that all P-25-compatible radios from the manufacturer can be operated with the system.
This type of system offers the following advantages:
• the ability to coordinate communications with other agencies or jurisdictions;
• The ability to buy radios from more than one provider; and
• The ability to share resources to improve communication and control costs.
Clark said other East Mississippi law enforcement agencies had already gone to MSWIN radios. The Philadelphia City Fire Department and Police are also in the process of moving to MSWIN.
“I plan to sign a memorandum of understanding with all the sheriff’s departments whose counties are adjacent to ours,” said Clark. “In order to be able to communicate with other agencies, we had to do this. Most of our surrounding counties have switched to MSWIN radios and this was the next step for us. I am sure that in the future you will switch more of our counties to MSWIN. “