MARION – The Williamson County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved the purchase of a much needed radio upgrade for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
The funds were approved through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) that the county received from the Federal Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Motorola Digital Radio system will cost $173,296.10.
Chief Deputy Scott McCabe says the current radio system that the sheriff’s office has is approximately 25 years old and extremely out of date. This new radio system will allow the sheriff’s office to respond to emergencies in a timelier manner along with addressing the public and responding deputy’s safety.
This new radio system will be a digital system and allow Williamson County deputies to have interoperability with communicating to other agencies such as police, fire, and EMS within and around Williamson County. The new radio system will also have a cellular component built in so that if a deputy is unable to transmit on his radio it can be done via a cell phone application in case of an emergency.
The new Motorola radio system will have encryption capabilities to meet new federal guidelines. The new system will hopefully be in place in the next few months.