Mayor: Memphis must spend millions for new police radios

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Mayor Jim Strickland says Memphis will have to spend $60 million over the next three years to replace radio systems used by police, fire and public works crews.

According to The Commercial Appeal, Strickland told City Council members that replacing the radio system is necessary because repairs on current equipment will end in two years and new federal regulations are requiring different equipment.

Strickland will bring in experts to further explain the need for the new radios in two weeks. He said the expenditure will be “a real challenge” to capital improvement funding in the next three or four years.

He outlined other projects that affect Memphis’ annual capital improvements budget of about $70 million. They include the redevelopment of a housing project and implementation of police body cameras.