Arkansas governor tapping $10M for radio equipment upgrades

Arkansas governor tapping $10M for radio equipment upgrades

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to tap $10 million in state funds to upgrade and replace the state's aging emergency radio system around the state.

Hutchinson on Thursday announced he's requesting that the Legislature release the money from the state's Rainy Day Fund for upgrades to the state's interoperable communications system for emergency and public safety services.

Hutchinson proposed putting the money toward replacing equipment at 20 Arkansas Wireless Information sites and console equipment at nine dispatch locations. The money will also go toward upgrades to the system operating software.

If approved by the Legislature, Hutchinson says the upgrade will begin in April and take about a year to complete.

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