Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. one step closer to new radio system

Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. one step closer to new radio system

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Nov 26, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is closer to getting a brand new radio communication system, but it's a change that won't come cheap.

Monday morning, the fiscal board gave the department the green light to not only replace their current radio system. They've hired an engineer and legal consultant to assist with the new system.

The current system, called Desert Sky, was implemented less than three years ago at a cost of $42 million. From the beginning, there have been complaints that Desert Sky was unreliable.

After deciding to replace Desert Sky, the department said they need outside consultants to help find that new system, because they don't understand much of the sophisticated technology available to them.

"All the back-end stuff...we don't understand that technology," said Joseph Lombardo, Assistant Sheriff with Metro. "So, we're going to need a consultant group to help walk us through that." 

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who sits on Metro's fiscal board, urged the department to try and work with the makers of Desert Sky to recover some of the money spent.

Regardless of the new system, it's expected to cost tens of millions of dollars. It remains about a year and a half away from being implemented.