WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL – The Williamson County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office is upgrading its radio communications system after the County Board of Commissioners approved funding for the project earlier this month.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said funding for the upgrades was approved by the American Rescue Plan Act. The new Motorola digital radio system will cost $173,296.10, according to the sheriff’s office.
In a news release sent Thursday, the sheriff’s office says the new digital system will allow deputies to exchange information when communicating with other agencies in and around Williamson County, such as police departments, firefighters and emergency medical responders. Deputies will also be able to communicate via the digital system through their cell phones if they cannot transmit on their radios in an emergency. Additionally, the sheriff’s office says the system will have encryption capabilities in line with new federal guidelines.
“The current radio system we have is about 25 years old and extremely outdated,” Chief Deputy Scott McCabe said in a statement Thursday. “This new radio system will allow us to respond to emergencies more quickly while addressing the public and the safety of deputies.”
The sheriff’s office said it hopes the new digital radio system will be operational within the next few months.