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Lack of tower causing officer safety issues

A lack of a digital radio tower is causing issues for law enforcement communication, one that officials say impacts officer safety.

Two years ago, Lubbock County Commissioners conducted a study for a $2 million interoperability project to provide enhanced communication in Lubbock County. The county placed Voice and Data On Control (VDOC) antennae in numerous towns in the county in an effort to provide 95 percent digital coverage.

And while that 95 percent coverage was met in the county, it came at the cost of communication in Slaton, which did not receive a tower and sits at 92 percent coverage with dead zones that often leave officers isolated from radio contact.

Read more in this week’s edition of The Slatonite.

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