BYRAM, MS (WLBT) - The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to approve the purchase of new police radios for Byram.
The emergency operations manager was ordered to buy 45 radios, after a brief discussion Monday morning.
Before Monday's vote there had been an ongoing controversy about whether Byram was ready for the radios and exactly what kind to buy.
The relatively new city of 11,000 people is using radios borrowed from the Hinds County Emergency Operations Center, with the Hinds County Sheriff's Office dispatching their 7 officers.
Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham, a former Jackson Police Dispatcher, who now travels the country teaching dispatching, made the request for the new Byram radios.
"The last thing we want to see is not having those officers not having the necessary equipment that they need for their police function, the radios are their lifeline, an issue I have been dealing with for 30 years," Hinds Co. Supervisor Graham said.
The radios will cost around $233,000 for 30 car units and 15 hand held units.
Byram Police Chief Luke Thompson said a bid from Motorola was about $10,000 lower than one from E.F. Johnson Company.
Thompson was pleased to get the vote in his favor.
"They are gonna buy me the radios that they want me to have, and they will transfer ownership to me," Byram Police Chief Thompson said. "That will give me the radios I need. That's what I have been saying all along, I need radios for my guys, I need them in the cars, I need them on their sides."
The Byram Police Department now has 7 officers but expects to expand to 25 officers by June 1st.
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