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Visalia police upgrade radios to new standard

Visalia police are vaulting into the 21st century by buying new radio gear.

The buy is for 125 new handheld radios, 40 car radios and nine motorcycle radios from Motorola.

They each have 1,000 frequencies and can communicate with law enforcement agencies outside Visalia in case police get called to an emergency. That’s the new P25 national “interoperabilty” standard in law enforcement radios.

They are also digital for a clearer signal.

The city is spending about $300,000 on radio replacement. By trading in the old 1993 radios, the city gets a $58,000 discount.