September 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police are switching radio systems after spending two years and $42 million on a network that led to complaints of dropped calls and dead zones.
The Las Vegas Sun reports the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's fiscal affairs panel approved a $26.3 million replacement deal with Motorola Solutions.
The contract calls for Motorola to install and fully test more than 5,000 portable and mobile radios by mid-2014 and to upgrade computer systems.
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said last October that Harris Corp.'s Desert Sky radio system wasn't meeting departmental needs.
Authorities have said garbled communications and miscommunication on the former radio system contributed to the fatal police shooting in December 2011 of an unarmed Gulf War veteran in a northwest Las Vegas apartment parking lot.