[quote="Anonymous"]This is beyond horrible. When a LEO dies because his radio/signal was malfunctioning while trying to get 94, there will be law suits beyond anyone's wildest dream. We're talking agencies, Harris RF Communications, M/A-COM Inc., and a lot of people who have said that there were no issues when it will be proven to be a lie.
What will it take, a LEO's life to change? PBSO better not do this. For the sake of our Deputies'.[/quote]
You don't have to worry about PBSO going down this path. I'm sure the County is much smarter than this and just recently approved a replacement project that will extend the life of the current system to at least 2018, if not 2020, according to one of the more recent County Board meetings. At that point I believe the technology will be much different and Open Sky will be dead and gone.
Even though the county was a bit behind the times to transition from VHF to 800 MHz in 2001 which is when we switched, I believe they made the right move and I have yet to find an agency that doesn't have the LE Commons in their radios. Heck I even ran into a Deputy US Marshal not too long ago that has a very new Motorola radio and he has direct access to the system to include all of the Commons and the encrypted TAC talk-groups. I was very suprised to see that.
The County website says that it has 70+ agencies on the system, but it doesn't state exactly who those agencies are. [url=http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/ess/radio/]http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/ess/radio/[/url]
The Managers name looks very familiar. Did he work for PBSO at one time?