LIMA — Allen County will see an upgrade to its communications equipment for law enforcement, and it has COVID-19 to thank.
The Allen County commissioners approved spending $392,599 in CARES Act funding to purchase Motorola radio communication equipment from Motorola Solutions. The replacement portable radios will replace those in the Juvenile Detention Center, dog warden’s office, Allen County Emergency Management Agency and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is much-needed,” said Allen County Commissioner Brian Winegardner, who worked in the sheriff’s office before becoming a commissioner. “The current radios are at end of their life, so the timing couldn’t be better for this.”
The county received CARES Act money to reimburse it for salaries to help keep agencies from laying people off during the pandemic. Now that money’s turned around to improve the ability for law enforcement to communicate.
“This is one of those commitments we made for a pretty significant amount,” Commissioner Cory Noonan said. “The significance in the need is pretty grand, too. We’re excited about this opportunity to upgrade these much-needed radios.”
The request for the new equipment came through Allen County EMA Director Tom Berger.