TUPD adds radio transmitters to University’s towers

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — The Troy University Police Department (TUPD) is adding a new way to making emergency calls faster and clearer for emergency service agencies.

“It’s taking time for all of us,” said Troy University Police Chief George Beaudry. “There’s budgeting, questions on how we pay for this and how we get the equipment in. So, there are so many things that we have been working on for the last two years. It’s just nice to finally be here today, where we can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are hoping here very soon that in the event of an emergency, this will really save us a lot of time and a lot of problems.”

Originally, all of the emergency service agencies had different radios. Now, with the use of the new radio transmitter on the tower, all of the agencies are able to order radios that are the same.

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“When we consolidated with the 911 center in Pike County, all of the emergency service agencies had started dispatching through that center about two years ago, but one of the shortcomings still was the equipment,” Beaudry explained.

What does this mean for the students, faculty and staff on campus in the event of an emergency situation? A direct communication will come through on one channel with other agencies without going through a dispatcher.

This is considered Phase 1 of the process. Phase 2 will be other agencies in Pike County added in.

“It is something that we needed,” Beaudry told TrojanVision. “We absolutely need the ability to communicate with our partners on and off campus,” said Beaudry. “There’s frequent situations where police and fire come on campus to assist us and vice versa, we go off campus to assist them. When it comes down to something where we really need to communicate immediately, the saving of the time equals the potential for saving lives.”

The upgrades on the radio transmitter are not up and running, but will be soon.