Wednesday, June 21, 2017

[Santa Barbara County] Public Safety Radio Coverage: Is Our Safety at Risk?

Source: Santa Barbara County Grand Jury
Reliable radio reception for public safety agencies has been problematic in select areas of Santa Barbara County.  The 2016-17 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury spoke with many law enforcement officers who recounted situations in which their work was hampered by poor reception, or no reception.  Their safety and the public’s safety are at risk.  Santa Barbara County is in the process of putting up towers to increase coverage and eliminate dead spots in radio reception.  The Jury recommends this process be expedited.
With its investment in the future of public safety technology, Santa Maria is reaching out to other areas on the Central Coast to join their 700 MHz system.  Given the power and efficiency of this system, all Santa Barbara County public safety departments should adopt the 700 MHz system to advance public safety communications for the future.
June 20, 2017
Edhat Santa Barbara

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