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Police unveil radio technology

System allows all agencies to receive information at once

This story ran on nwitimes.com on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:26 AM CST

 If a Porter County Highway Department worker driving in a rural part of the county discovers a hazardous material spill, he can get a dispatcher at the Porter County Sheriff's Department to patch his radio through so he can talk directly with police, firefighters and other emergency responders.
The ACU1000 technology, which was made operational late last year, was unveiled during a demonstration Monday at the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

"I think it's just going to be a benefit to everyone involved. We may not understand how valuable it is until we have to use it," said Al Hoagland, head of the Highway Department.
Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy David Lain said the system is so advanced that Sheriff Dave Reynolds could be vacationing in Florida and have his Nextel hooked in so that he could hear what emergency responders were saying and could talk to them.

"This will help all aspects of public safety," Lain said.

Lain said that before the new technology -- which was paid for by federal grants secured through U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. -- communication would be hampered because various agencies all use different frequencies.

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