Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek and Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder went before the Johnson County Commissioners on Tuesday to officially request funding and approval to purchase a new internal radio system for the criminal justice center.
Wireless Advanced Communications of Casper, who installed the other radio systems in the new jail, gave an estimate of $17,370.80 for the additional system, according to Kozisek, but he did tell the commissioners there will be some savings because fewer radios will be purchased, and there also may be savings on the installation process.
Kozisek explains more about the system and why it is needed.
The radio system was not an oversight in the design of the building, according to Kozisek, there was some discussion early in the project that the additional radio system might be necessary, but the decision was to wait on its purchase to make sure it was actually needed.
The radios will have their own frequency and will be used internally by staff, but can be switched to the regular sheriff's radio frequencies should an officer or deputy need to be outside the building for a time.
The commissioners approved the purchase of the additional radio system.