Concern over officer safety leads Auxvasse to better radio system

Officer Tad Smith of the Auxvasse Police Department talks over his radio system Tuesday. The system will soon be getting an extender which will allow officers to communicate through their portable radios at a greater distance from their vehicles.

Officer Tad Smith of the Auxvasse Police Department talks over his radio system Tuesday. The system will soon be getting an extender which will allow officers to communicate through their portable radios at a greater distance from their vehicles. Photo by Mandi Steele.

After Callaway County dispatch could not hear an officer with the Auxvasse Police Department radio back his position for back-up during a foot pursuit, the lack of a reliable radio extender became a matter of officer safety.

Auxvasse Assistant Chief of Police Charlie Anderson said a newer, more reliable vehicle extender system has been ordered for both the city’s police vehicles — the same system the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Callaway County Sheriff’s Department uses.

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