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Union Says Radio System Endangers Waterbury Police

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Waterbury City Hall.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Waterbury’s police union says officers are being put in danger by problems with a new radio system that recently underwent a $4 million upgrade.

 The Republican-American newspaper  obtained a letter from the union that details failures that have forced officers to their cellphones instead of their police radios to communicate with dispatchers.

Union President Nicholas Lukiwsky says in one instance an officer tried to use his radio’s “panic button,” which sends out a distress signal to indicate an officer is in danger, and that did not work.

Acting Police Superintendent Vernon Riddick says the problems are being addressed and several backup systems are in place to insure that communications are not cut off.
The digital radio system was installed last year to replace an outdated analog system.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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