Work to research the radio system for public security continues

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The Piscataquis County sheriff’s office at Dover-Foxcroft

The Piscataquis County sheriff’s office at Dover-Foxcroft

DOVER-FOXCROFT – A feasibility study for a wireless public safety system in Piscataquis County is nearing completion and should be submitted to the Piscataquis County Commissioners in the near future. Tom Capraro, director of the Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency, told commissioners during a May 4 meeting that he, Todd Lyford, Assistant Director of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, and Dispatch Sgt.

DOVER-FOXCROFT – A feasibility study for a wireless public safety system in Piscataquis County is nearing completion and should be submitted to the Piscataquis County Commissioners in the near future.

Tom Capraro, director of the Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency, told commissioners during a May 4 meeting that he, Todd Lyford, Assistant Director of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, and Dispatch Sgt. Gary Grant met again with Normand Bouchard from Communications Design Consulting Group in Barrington, New Hampshire.

“The study is almost complete. We’ll probably have a final report in two weeks, ”said Capraro.

He said the district group and Bouchard are discussing the possibility of moving the sheriff’s shipping center from the Piscataquis District Jail in Dover-Foxcroft to the new department building in downtown Guilford. Capraro said the building was already 85 percent equipped for such a transition.

“The radio system has some problems that we are familiar with,” said Capraro.

“We look forward to the study,” said commission chairman Jim White. “If we had it for a couple of weeks and then the presentation, that should work fine.”

In November, commissioners accepted a $ 27,000 offer from the Communications Design Consulting Group for a radio study to find solutions to long-standing communication problems for fire and law enforcement agencies in and around Piscataquis County.

Goals include meetings with Capraro, Lyford, and Grant, as well as emergency personnel from across Piscataquis County to review communications systems and investigate current and potential locations.

The study would identify upgrade costs, future recurring costs, and the feasibility of a simulcast system.

Bouchard has met with a number of police and fire chiefs to learn about the communication challenges they face. The county has provided Bouchard with some incident tapes so that he could hear the calls directly.

Capraro said the county’s EMA office helped Northern Light Health distribute vaccines in the area

“This week is the last week for mass vaccines in the ice arena,” he said. “Every vaccine is now given in a smaller place or during office visits.”

In other business areas, Sheriff Bob Young said, “We are at the beginning of a K-9 program.”

“A K-9 is very good to have, but very difficult to find,” said Young.

He said investigator Rob Cook may now have a dog that meets the standards and that the handler and animal will be undergoing training.

Young said there were plans to use Sheriff’s K-9 office for odor work, particularly drug detection both on site and in prison. The sheriff said a K-9 cage for a cruiser had been donated to the department.

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