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Sunrise Beach Police Department updates radios to improve interagency communication

ByChad J. Johnson

May 18, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Camden County Commission has approved the Sunrise Beach Police Department for updated radios.

“They are working on the new plus when a network as well as the regular network we are on now where it will allow us to speak with fire, EMS, and also highway patrol water patrol during events. ‘state we have, and emergencies,’ said Corporal Scott Craig of the Sunrise Beach Police Department.

The Camden County Commission last week approved the department’s request to purchase them.

“We have asked the commissioners to provide funds of just under $39,000 to purchase two on-board radios and five portable radios for our officers,” Corporal Craig said.

All-year Camden County presiding commissioner Greg Hasty says it has to do with public safety.

“This is a matter of public safety for all of our citizens and people who visit here. Our emergencies happen several times a day, at Lake of the Ozarks, actually all year round, but especially during the summer season, it gets really chaotic,” Hasty said.

The money comes from US Rescue Plan Acts funds.

“As far as radios and things like that, it’s one of the items specifically listed as eligible under the ARPA fund. So we don’t even have to go through the verification process to make sure that it’s compliant, because it’s written that it’s compliant,” Hasty said.

These new radios will work with Camden County’s new E911 system, which is being implemented.

“We make a lot of mutual aid requests for them. Then for us, when they move to this new system, those radios will be the only way to talk to those MPs. Since the new ones, the ones we have right now won’t work,” Corporal Craig said.

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