The state of South Carolina’s centrally administered law enforcement and emergency response radio network is having serious issues, multiple sources confirmed to this news outlet.
Some law enforcement officers told us they experienced “disruption” while using the system. Others told us the system was completely offline for an extended period of time.
“Radio silent” as it were …
In operation since 1992, the 800 megahertz radio and mobile data system is run by the state in partnership with Motorola. Billed as “one of the largest shared, statewide radio networks in the nation,” the Palmetto 800 system serves more than 50,000 users at 850 different agencies including the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP), all forty-six county sheriff’s office and more than 120 municipal police forces in the Palmetto State.
What’s wrong with the system?
Good question …
According to our sources, a blown transformer in Columbia, S.C. over the weekend may have had something to do with the alleged issues – although we have yet to confirm whether the transformer incident and the reported radio system disruptions are related.
Stay tuned … we are continuing to dig into these reports in an effort to determine what may have happened with the Palmetto 800 system.
If we receive any new information we will be sure to update our readers …
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