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County’s switch to new radios providing clear communications

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By Shannon Brock

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department and Spencer County EMS made the switch to their NXDN protocol ICOM radios over a week ago and the results are just as Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump hoped they would be, he said Thursday.
“There’s no place in Spencer County where we haven’t been able to communicate,” Stump said.
Communications have been crystal clear even transporting prisoners outside of the county to Shelby and Bullitt counties, Elizabethtown and the University of Louisville Hospital, Stump said.
The only issue thus far has been a volume issue with dispatchers at the Kentucky State Police post in Frankfort.
However, a few adjustments were made and the volume was corrected, Stump said.
Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said Thursday that his department, which is still operating on analog technology, hasn’t had many situations where it has needed to work with the sheriff’s office since the digital radios went live.
“We’ve not had any major problem as of yet,” Lewis said.
Stump said on his way home on Wednesday, he noticed a water break on Main Street and was able to switch to the fire channel, which the city police are currently using, and make sure the on-duty officer was aware of it, which he was.
“We can scan and monitor [the city],” Stump said, “But I don’t think they can scan and monitor us.”
Stump said so far he’s pleased with the results.
“It’s working just like I said it would work,” he said. “Just like the radio tech said it would.”