Police department asks for new radios

Sharp County Radio Issues
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

HARDY, AR (KAIT) - One issue that Hardy police dealt with during the chase of Brandon Southerly was their radio signal.

According to Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose, the current radios are analog and the signal can be spotty in places.

Rose has been working with the Sharp County sheriff and county judge to try and get new radios, but those radios can be costly.

Rose said the whole system could cost somewhere between $200,000 or $300,000.

Rose said when it comes to saving someone's life or making sure police and firefighters are safe, the price should not be an issue.

"Everybody is excited because it will make our life a lot easier here and like I said my biggest thing is if it saves one life then it is worth all the money in the world," Rose said.

The county does not have the funds for the new radios.

They are asking the public for donations and are working on a grant.

Rose said the car radios work better than the ones that clip on the officers' uniforms, but switching to digital should fix all the problems.

The switch would be for every radio in the county including the sheriff radios and all city radios.

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