Craighead County Enters into Agreement with Wireless Information Network

AUGUST 11, 2005 - Posted at 4:46 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Craighead County Judge Dale Haas today signed a Certification of Design Review and Acceptance for the county's participation in the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN).

The signing represents the culmination of sixteen months of planning, and signals the beginning of system construction, obtaining and distribution of equipment, and training of user personnel.  The system is expected to be operational by early next year.

The governor's office selected Craighead as one of a handful of counties to participate in the AWIN pilot program.  The system is expected to be a statewide communication system that will provide coverage and service across the state.  Craighead County has received $4.5 million in federal funding for the program through the Homeland Security program.

The AWIN system should enhance communication abilities for emergency response agencies throughout the county.  New equipment will be distributed to the county's 911 Dispatch Center and personnel, as well as the sheriff's department, the Jonesboro Fire Department, and police departments throughout the county.