Police in radio row
Plans by Warwickshire Police to push ahead with a new communications
system have been criticised by a campaigner in Alcester.
The force announced this week that work is to begin on alterations at
the control room with the aim of getting the O2 Airwave service,
which requires controversial Tetra masts to operate, up and running
But Nina Knapman, an active member in Alcester Community against
Tetra (ACT) said she believed the new system was being pushed through
"I think it's good for the police to have better communications
but this is just being foisted on them," she said.
Announcing the move to Airwave, Chief Constable John Burbeck said:
"The system will improve our ability to protect the public and
improve the safety of our staff, who can sometimes find themselves in
"This radio equipment is more flexible and reliable than any the
police service has seen before.
"Clearer communications will mean quicker, more effective action.
"The ability to prevent criminals listening in to our every move
has made a real difference in those parts of the country where
Airwave has already been introduced.
"It is another piece of technology to enable us to provide a
better service to the public."
Warwickshire Police Federation is also backing the introduction of Airwave.
Chairman Chris Edmond said: "The new radio system will enhance
the safety of officers by providing a better, more consistent radio
service as well as providing many new features and capabilities
previously not available."