Next time you hear noises outside your home at night or when accosted in a domestic violene dispute you may not be getting the needed help from the MDPD. This is due to an archaic radio system full of faults and glitches that has police officers scratching their heads. The system was a failure at other police departments but it was pushed down the throats of the MDPD by an overzealous mayor intent on making nice with the company's contractors. If the officers can hear their calls they will never reach you in time. Consider the consequences.
The system is broke, we are lucky if it transmits on digital. Much less all the garbled and cut out transmissions. As a bonus feature Harris made it so they don't work properly in buildings.
They tried to digitally encrypted the calls so the public couldn't listen. It backfired on them. Some news agencies have to rent specials radios from the police just to get a lead. When police commit crimes on the job they switch to private cell phones. Miami Beach is notorious for this. Everything is kept off record on a private cell. You'd be surprised how many personal phones get used to bypass the records department.
All of us have to go back to the original procurement process. I met someone socially from out of state, who later called me and wanted to know if they had to have a lobbyist to bid on this contract. I said in theory, no, they could bid the contract and then represent their own interests with the contract managers if they had questions. After several weeks he called back and said the company decided the politics were too nasty to bother and they walked on the project. There has to be something that caused a major communication company to bail.
Big Money = Big Corruption. The system will never work as long as there is more and more $$$ to fix it.
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