Different divisions of the Louisville police department use different radio systems left over from the old city and county police departments. The resulting confusion is prompting government officials to consider spending more than $7 million on an interim radio system that they acknowledge will be replaced after about 1½ years with a more advanced — and much more expensive –system, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
By early 2007, officials hope to have a $71 million communications system — called MetroSafe — that will link police officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers through an advanced system of radios and computers. When that happens, the $7 million interim system will become the communications backup, meaning no money will be wasted. Council member James Peden agreed that the money must be spent. “I know we have a need,” he said. “Right now, the old city police can’t talk to the old county police, and that can’t go on.” The communications problem is the result of two police departments — Louisville and Jefferson County — merging into the Louisville Metro Police Department.