What Police Radios Dead Spots in Medford Have to Do with You

What Police Radio dead spots have to do with you.

Dear Neighbors,

Did you know that there are areas of Medford where the police department can't talk to each other on the radio? Do you want to take the chance that the dead cell area is where you are?

We as a city need to have an assessment done by an independent company so that no one dies needlessly. Our police communications systems need to be assessed and fixed to make sure every area of the city is fully covered.

This may mean putting towers or repeaters on buildings like the high school. There is a place for the tax hawk but this is not one of them. What's the cost of a life? Or have we gotten so cold that we are willing to sacrifice our neighbors life for a tax dollar savings? Cost/risk ratio and all that. I for one am not ready to take a chance on my neighbors life.  So yes I am willing to pay the extra tax dollar. 

One concern is that these corporations that do the assestment try and sell us some equiptment we don't need. That's where we need the fiscal hawks to come in. Just like with any contractor we may need to get two or three assesments. 

Keep in mind that we continue to keep building more and more housing units in this city, yet we have not accommodated our police to handle this overload. We face increased criminal behavior, general violations, medical emergencies, you name it. The streets are more lined with cars than ever before, the least we can do is make sure our cops have the ability to communicate with one another throughout the whole city. Why? So they can get to you!


Jeanne Martin

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Concerned Citizen October 12, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I agree - how can the police operate without proper communication! This situation is crazy. This comes under basic services - police, fire and public works are suffering - and we are all the poorer for it. Dear Mayor and City Council - please take care of this before someone is seriously injured either resident or public servant.
Jeanne Martin October 14, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Dear Concerned Citizen, Yes, one life is too many for something we can prevent from happening. It is unacceptable to put anyone's life at risk, both police officer and/or resident. We have dangerously low staffing levels on our police force. While I am a determined advocate of restructuring the department - I am also an advocate of adding a minimum of 20 officers to the force. It would be a pipe dream to assume that their would be any hope bringing the numbers up to where they should be for a city this size and dense which is 150 unless we restructure the city. This city needs to become more vibrant and income producing for those kinds of numbers to be supported by the people. I do however think that adding 20 new officers is a mandate not a luxury. This city is not May-berry RFD. While I have my criticisms of the police department and the changes I wish to see, I also advocate increasing their numbers, pay, and education. Cops in Medford are dealing with unknown situations on a daily basis. They never know what they are walking into today. They need back up and so do the victims of crime. Without proper communications someone cop or resident could be seriously hurt - and it could have been prevented. Is this what Medford want? Do you really want a resident or cop to get die for no good reason. I don't. I would prefer not to have to live with that. We are the government and we can do something about it now. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Upset October 15, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Joe Viglione October 21, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Jeanne, as you know I videotaped the Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall. Chief Sacco met with the City Council. I will have that tape uploaded to MadeinMedford.com Government and Visual Radio page soon. It's important for the citizens to see government in action.
Crank Fillery October 21, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Really Joe? Wow. You're great...
Upset October 21, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Hey! I would like to know what going on at the UNIVERSITY?!! The Medford fire trucks keep going up to TUFTS UNIVERSITY EVERYDAY! YOU HEARD ME,EVERYDAY! I mean,you read my typing,EVERYDAY! Do we pay taxes for UNIVERSITY or the UNIVERSITY pay taxes for the Medford fire department? The people at the Hillside area want to know about that and they also want some GOOD NIGHT SLEEP!!!! THOSE WHO COULDN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT,THEY ALSO WANT A GOOD DAY SLEEPING TOO! THAT RIGHT! YOU HEARD ME! THEY ALSO COME ON DAYTIME! I mean,you read my typing,they also come up at DAY TIME!!
Jeanne Martin October 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Dear Crank Fillery, I agree, I believe all public open meetings should be video-recorded and accessible to the public. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin


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