SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety's new radio system is up and running.
DPS Director Drew Juden said his department, which was selected to be a pilot project for the Missouri Statewide Interoperable Network, changed over to the statewide radio network on Wednesday.
"This new system is working very well," Juden reported.
During the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday, Council members approved submitting an application for a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant of about $28,000 which will be used to equip more patrol cars with MOSWIN radios.
Council members also approved selling off old surplus radios.
"Some of it is worth $5, some of it might be worth $100," Juden said. "Some of it is obsolete -- nobody will have have any use for it."
Juden also answered questions from the Council regarding the city's storm warning sirens which, according to city property records, were purchased in the mid-1980s.
He suggested that if new sirens are purchased, the city could begin by targeting areas that regularly have concentrations of people outdoors such as the Sports Complex.
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