Pierce County Sheriff's going digital
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Pierce County Fire Officers Association is near completion of integration to a P25 Simulcast Radio System that was acquired through an Aid to Firefighters Grant.
In early 2011, the Spring Valley Fire Department applied and was selected as a recipient of the grant award of $1 million dollars to enhance public safety communication and paging for Law, Fire, EMS and Emergency Management. Since every radio needed reprogramming to complete this effort, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department along with other law enforcement entities felt this was the perfect opportunity to go digital on the counties’ main law enforcement frequency.
“Members of the community have already expressed their inability to monitor the Sheriff’s radio frequency with scanners since transitioning to digital,” said Sheriff Nancy Hove. “We knew that this would be an obstacle but felt it was the right time to make the move and to ensure public safety communications are the best we can get. Radios are a lifeline in critical situations for all responders. Digital scanners are available to the public in many retail stores.”