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Metro Scraps $42 Million Radio System

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(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Las Vegas police have pulled the plug on the department’s $42 million digital radio system.

The “Review-Journal” says Sheriff Doug Gillespie notified provider Harris Corporation the system can’t meet Metro’s needs.

The Desert Sky digital radio was launched in 2010, but officers soon complained about dropped two-way calls and poor reception.  Some feared their lives could be in danger.

The department could hire a new company to build a replacement system.  But that comes at a time when Metro faces a $46 million budget deficit in the next fiscal year.  Officials warn a lawsuit could be filed.

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