State troopers struggle with poorly working radios

Staff writerFebruary 5, 2014 

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A digital upgrade to the radio system used by the Washington State Patrol is resulting in garbled messages and communications problems between troopers, Northwest News Network reports.

The Legislature approved $40 million back in 2011 for a contractor to convert the State Patrol's analog radio system to a digital one by Jan. 1, 2013, correspondent Austin Jenkins writes.

Completion of the conversion project is now 2 1/2 years behind schedule, and troopers using the new digital system have filed more than 300 reports about how poorly it's working, Jenkins reports.

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