- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming commission has told lawmakers it can improve public safety communication with less money than originally thought and reduced its funding request by nearly $3 million.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1GP5dDo ) that the Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission told the legislature Tuesday that they need only $16 million over the next two years to communications system called WyoLink. The group originally requested $18.8 million.

The money would be used for portable radios, dispatch consoles, hardware and system maintenance. Commissioners say many local agencies have purchased equipment, decreasing the commission’s cost estimate.

WyoLink is a digital public safety radio system used by most local, state and federal public safety agencies.

Lawmakers were reviewing budget requests ahead of the 2016 season and did not make any funding decisions Tuesday.



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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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