Marshall Police Looking for Radio Upgrades

Marshall, Illinois police department could be getting an upgrade.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 10:30 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 8:38 AM

MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) -- One Illinois city hopes to upgrade its police department's radio system. The mayor of Marshall, Illinois told us right now, other agencies cannot directly talk with his police officers, posing safety risks.

The city council met Monday night to address the situation. At that meeting, council members learned other departments were unable to communicate with Marshall PD during a recent police standoff.

According to Police Chief Chris Smithson, these upgrades may have to wait until after the next budget meeting.

"Many agencies cannot communicate with our local police. I understand talking with our chief now that the prior chief had the application filled out and we could have had it then four or five years ago he just didn't see the need," John Trefz, the Marshall Mayor said. 

The mayor said the city hopes to apply for some grants to help pay for new radios.

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