“We also don’t want criminals with a simple cellphone app or scanner to be able to stay a step ahead of law enforcement.”

Dave Shaffer, Knox County Sheriff

MOUNT VERNON — The MARCS radio communication system is in its final stages of being fully up and operational, but law enforcement communications are about to go “dark” to the public.

The last agency to move to MARCS, which stands for Multi-Agency Radio Communications System, the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District, is in the process of modifying its software to better report the location of a first responder in trouble if the signal has to go through the vehicle repeater.

County Administrator Jason Booth said the modification was tested recently and worked. As soon as all of the department’s radios have been modified, EKCJFD will make the final switch to MARCS.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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