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Sheriff's Office to upgrade communications

November 21, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office will use $11,790 in federal grant money to upgrade its communications system and bench warrant software, according to Sheriff Robert Wollyung.

Wollyung's office will have to provide a 10 percent match for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant, bringing the total to $13,100. The sheriff told the Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday during a public hearing on the grant that he intends to buy 10 cellular phones with two-way radio capability.

With two-year service contracts, the cost of the phones will be approximately $11,100, he said.

Wollyung said the radios are needed to improve communications between his office and metal detector stations in the courthouse, the Administrative Annex on North Second Street and one that will open next month in the human services building on Franklin Farm Lane.

Sheriff's deputies on the road also will be able to make use of the phones, Wollyung said. Now, they use low-band radios that have limited range, although deputies go to prisons throughout the state to transport prisoners.

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The other $2,000 will be used for a new software program for bench warrants issued by the county courts and domestic relations office, Wollyung said. With the software, police in the county will be able to contact county emergency communications to check for outstanding bench warrants, Wollyung said.

The existing bench warrant software program is out of date, he said.

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