New Digital Communication for Douglas County Sheriff''s Dept.

By KBJR News 1

February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM CDT

Radio Communications for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department have switched to the digital format, which has triggered some concern.

The switch happened two weeks ago and problems occurred after authorities realized they could only respond to radios and scanners that had the new digital technology.

To communicate to all authorities, an officer needs to switch back and forth from the analog and digital format.

Douglas County Deputy, Lieutenant Jerry Moe, says the switch is a large improvement and doesn't drastically impact communication among other agencies.

"It's seamless. It's much better than before. Our communications capabilities are that much better. As far as communicating with other agencies that do not have the digital format, we can still hear them, it's just a matter of us switching a dial and broadcasting or transmitting on a different channel."

No changes have been made in regard to procedures for fire and EMS dispatch, which continue to operate in the analog format.
Since the late 70's, The fire and EMS dispatch system have been separate from the sheriff's system.