Cross-county communication

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Crossing county lines will not give criminals a head start anymore.  Catching the bad guy between law enforcement jurisdictions will now be even easier thanks to a "yes" vote from Columbus Council on Tuesday morning.

The Valley area's Smart Zone expanded to include the LaGrange Police Department and Troup County Sheriff's Office.  Both groups asked to be a part of the Columbus Regional 800 MHz Radio Communication System.

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Phenix City Police and the Muscogee County School System already have these privileges.  City Manager, Isaiah Hughley, said the inter-operability is priceless, "They can communicate one to another. They are not disconnected and not able to communicate, allowing the criminal to escape or do the harm they are attempting to do."

The Intergovernmental agreement does not cost the city anything.  Each jurisdiction has their radio system, and when they enter another county a switch is flipped and they are able to openly communicate with the local law enforcement.

The connection will start sometime in the next 30 days.

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