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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Police Radio System too Expensive to Use

Police officers are being ordered to send texts rather than speak on their radios because of the sums charged by the firm that owns the police communications network. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329538/Police-told-send-text-messages-expensive-speak-radios.html#ixzz15sLC4ix0

More proof if ever it was needed that Airwave may not hold up in a real emergency. As someone in the know said to me the other day "It is just a fancy mobile phone except more expensive and not as reliable". Thanks officer and your Range Rover was kind of cool too.

Airwave’s pre-tax profit was £170 million, a 26 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

A senior officer has said it costs Dorset £2 a second whenever we go over the limit.

It just keeps getting better...


  1. I just wonder now, if we are going to see more money wasted on "Official"courses to teach police officers the correct way to text!!!...

    (can,t do that pal till we done the ,elth and safety training course)that must be good for at least a week all expenses paid(by the taxpayer)and part of that course (will of course) no pun intended ,be on how to fill out you claim form for R. S. I.
    (Repetitive Strain Injury )
    caused by texting .. sounds like a case for early retirement on full pay to me , one possible way to bring the number of police officers down ... ...

  2. How many times have I heard that these great radio systems for the Police and Fire for what ever the reason is during a real emergency stop working, lose power, get tied up. Did they by chance work designing Social Security here in the US....before entering radio?