The City of Altus recently purchased four Motorola APX 8000 hand-held radios in the amount of $16,450.25 for the Altus Police Department. The “mission critical” radios are more durable, waterproof, and work in the 800-MHz range. The officers now will have the capability of communicating on all state-based radio systems.
Chief of Police Tim Murphy had informed the city council in March that the department could no longer provide radios to officers due to the excessive age of the current equipment and had scavenged radios to the point that they no longer had enough radios to issue to officers. The current HT750 model radios carried by the officers have been discontinued for the past seven years and are no longer supported by the manufacturer.
Lt. Tim Scott said the APD financed the new radios with the funds from their various accounts, but have applied for a grant to purchase additional radios.
“The current radio system is very old and our officers can only communicate with one another within four blocks,” Scott said.
The APD officers have started a log of radio problem areas. Each time an officer has a radio problem in communicating, he or she marks the location on the City of Altus map with a colored pushpin. The pushpins are in three colors that marks levels of priority.
The officers hope that in the near future approval will be made for Motorola to perform an on-site evaluation of the APD current radio system.
Reach Mary O. Esparza, 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.