Ben­ton County of­fi­cials OK new ra­dio sys­tem

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BENTONVILLE — The Ben­ton County Quo­rum Court on Thurs­day ap­proved spend­ing $3.75 mil­lion Thurs­day for a new ra­dio sys­tem for the Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Jail and other de­part­ments.

The new dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem will also re­quire lo­cal po­lice and fire de­part­ments to up­grade their ra­dio equip­ment to use the new sys­tem. Though the Sher­iff’s Of­fice has promised some money to help out smaller de­part­ments with the ex­pense, how mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will pay their costs for the new ra­dios is, in many cases, yet to be de­cided.

Tom Allen, jus­tice of the peace for Dis­trict 4 and chair­man of the Finance Com­mit­tee, said that panel will con­sider how to pay the money when it meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Quo­rum Court­room in the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 215 E. Cen­tral Ave. in Bentonville.

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