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Guntersville PD to upgrade radio system

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Police in Guntersville may soon have radio access to law enforcement across the state. Police in Guntersville may soon have radio access to law enforcement across the state.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Police in Guntersville may soon have radio access to law enforcement across the state thanks to a Homeland Security grant.

The city currently is on a traditional VHF frequency but plans to soon move to the 800 megahertz system much like Albertville, Huntsville and Madison County.

Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson said it will be a dual system so they can still communicate with departments that use the old system, as well as the departments who have already switched over.

Guntersville is expected to initially get three of the new radios, two of which will be used in dispatch and a police car. A third will be handheld.

Peterson said it's crucial law enforcement be able to speak with one another.

That's especially true, he said, in the case of large scale disasters such as the 2011 tornadoes.

"We will have that inherent radio capability by virtue of having a system here that will talk on any of those bands," said Peterson.

Once installed, Peterson said they will be able to tie in with Madison County's system and speak to others across the state, but the grant must first be approved by the county commission. It is expected to be discussed at their next meeting on Tuesday.

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