The article is a month old, but it was just shared with me today. Thought others might be interested. Perp has since turned himself in, but nevertheless.
Exactly! I don't know all the details but I remember City Council approving a bid from a local vendor MPS Communications.This is a perfect example of what happens when you cut corners. Lack of sites to cover the area, lack of interoperability, going NXDN instead of P25, acceptance of a system without proper coverage testing, etc etc etc.
When I started working in Trenton the chief of police was a policeman. After he left they went to police directors. There was always some kind of a scandal or questionable situation with officials, especially with the school district and the police.This is a prime example of small minded thinking that different is better. In 1998 the City was licensed for 10 frequencies in the 500 mhz range. They were just about ready to sign on the dotted line when a change in the PD administration caused a change in the plans, if the last guy thought a system in the 500mhz range was good, then we have to change and they went to a state of the art 800 mhz trunk-ed system that worked extremely well. The 500 mhz radios would have allowed the city PD to communicate with every other PD in the county, when they went to 800 mhz the City PD was an island to itself, could not communicate with anyone else, in or out of the county.
One positive of the 800 mhz system, even with all the tech specs put in the contract by the highly paid system engineers, the FD and PD demanded a simple plain language performance spec, specifically if a hand held unit could communicate with a unit on the street in front of a building, then it had to be able to communicate with the city wide communications center. Motorola initially laughed as they agreed to that requirement. Once the system was installed to the tech specs, the FD & PD tested the system to the plain language specs. An additional transmitter site was added, many satellite receiver sites added around the city. The system pretty much worked perfectly.
2015 - there are lots of questions, why not just replace the 15 year old equipment ? why start over again ? At this point, 2019 I do not think the City is even the license holder for the frequencies they use now. They bought or leased equipment to work on MPS's frequencies and towers, except the system sucks.
Some agency needs to investigate ........