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Radio communications system local forces rely upon needs major upgrade


The tri-state region is looking at a million-dollar upgrade to its radio communications system.

STARCOMM was first integrated with local police, fire, and sheriff's department units in 2006.

The system puts them on the same frequency.  It requires periodic upgrades.

If the next one isn't made, the entire STARCOMM system will become obsolete.

The upgrade itself costs $1.17 million, with Sioux City's share being $153,000.

"We've got to start doing it now because if we don't start implementing some of the upgrades now when 2018 hits we won't be able to do anything, we're going to have to go purchase a whole new system, is what they're telling us.  So, if we start the process now with the upgrades, we'll be able to continue on until 2030," said Police Chief Doug Young.

Other users that will be asked to share the upgrade cost are North Sioux City, Union County, Dakota County, Sergeant Bluff, South Sioux City, and Woodbury County.


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