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Update: County & City Dispatch Radio Upgrade Confusion

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The Sheriff said the city offered to pay $5,000 to install the new channel. He was sent an email from a Franklin County Information Services employee that stated Pasco would bear all costs for the upgrade. The Sheriff said the city offered to pay $5,000 to install the new channel. He was sent an email from a Franklin County Information Services employee that stated Pasco would bear all costs for the upgrade.

UPDATE/FRANKLIN COUNTY, WA: The Sheriff said the city offered to pay $5,000 to install a new 800 mhz channel. He was sent an email from a Franklin County Information Services employee that stated Pasco would bear all costs for the upgrade. 

Chief Metzger explains while he did discuss a possible upgrade in a recent meeting with that Franklin County employee, no official agreement was reached, nothing was put into writing and the city did not make an offer. The chief tells NBC Right Now they are looking into possibilities but not implementation at this time.

PREVIOUS/FRANKLIN COUNTY, WA - The Franklin County Sheriff's office announced in a news release today that an 800 mhz channel will be installed into the Franklin County Dispatch Center.

This announcement comes after a close call for a Pasco Police officer during a shooting where miscommunication could have cost him his life.

The sheriff's office states for years they've offered to the City of Pasco to install the channel to upgrade communication between deputies and officers if the city would pay for it. The sheriff says the city has agreed to pay the $5,000 for installation.

When we spoke with Pasco Police today they told us Pasco has not agreed to the deal. We're told Chief Bob Metzger will address the situation Tuesday. 
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