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Metro starts path toward replacing 'lemon' radio system

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Updated: 2/25/2013 6:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A new radio system could be in place soon for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The new Motorola Radio System will cost about $26 million. Some of our local leaders, the sheriff and executive board members of the Police Protective Association say it's an investment worth making because the old system is putting officers' safety at risk.

Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee met this morning to discuss a number of issues including the replacement of the $42 million Desert Sky Radio System.

Officials acknowledged the old system was a “lemon.” Complaints made over the past few years the system is unreliable during dangerous situations.

Fiscal Affairs Committee Member Steve Sisolak said he was concerned Metro would find itself unhappy with this new system and not be able to recoup losses.

He called on Motorola representatives to offer a money-back guarantee if Metro was not completely satisfied with their upgraded system.

Motorola did not put one on the table today. Still, the Fiscal Committee approved moving forward with this system because -- as Sisolak put it-- it's better than the old one and will do more to help officers in the field.


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