Police Departments Receive Radio Upgrade

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/11 2014 06:03PM

Updated 02/11 2014 06:11PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Centre County Police Departments are getting a radio system overhaul, thanks to the county's EMA services.

It's about a $12 million, county-wide upgrade to digital radios. Officers in Ferguson and Patton Townships already have the new radios. State College and Penn State Police will start their new systems the week of February 24th, just in time for the annual student-created drinking holiday, State Patty's Day.

State College Police Chief Tom King says their current radio system is over 20 years old and the department has had issues with it for several years. He says the new radios will allow for more effective coverage and an increased safety factor for officers.

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