Friday, February 25, 2011

Marsha nails the Byram police radio controversy

Marsha brought it last night. She reported on Byram's problems in trying to obtain police radios for its police department. Marsha gets a money quote from Supervisor George Smith at the end of the story which tells you all you need to know about the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. Keep in mind the amount of this purchase is $232,000, no small amount. The more we learn about this problem, the more something smells over on President Street.


Anonymous said...

Bizness as usual for the Hinds County Board of Stupidvisors.

But, 2 questions:

1. Why does a PD of fewer than (eventually) 30 officers need 60 portable radios?

2. Why do walkie talkies cost almost $4000 each? They ought to actually walk and talk for that price.

Kingfish said...

If I'm not mistaken, they also have to be tied in to the 911 system. I could be wrong but they are more than just souped-up walkie-talkies.

Anonymous said...

Marsha gets an A for that report. Wish she could have got the "consultant" on the phone.

Anonymous said...

After Marsha spelled out what was happening, George Smith said he didn't see any conflict of interest.
I think he really means he doesn't intend to see any shady goings-on here.
Nope, don't see a thing no matter what is presented. I wonder...

Kingfish said...

Lets not forget his nephew tried to screw Jackson two years ago on that interest rate swap that died. Would've walked out with nearly three quarters of a million dollars.

Anonymous said...

I just don't get it. WHY are these people continually voted back in when everyone knows things are not on the up and up. People can read.
WHY? Do they think all of the very questionable actions of the leaders are bogus and just political bullying by opponents?
Maybe people who vote them in don't think at all. Maybe they like it the way it is.
Wouldn't you think these citizens would want better?
I just don't get it...

Kingfish said...

Because most people do not know about it for starters.You've learned more about the Hinds BOS on this website in the last few months than probably the last two years from other media outlets.

I wouldn't have known about this problem if I had not gone up to the Hinds BOS meeting Tuesday to verify there was a special meeting that night. You can figure out for yourself how the media found out about the Byram police radio issue. I also wouldn't have known about the redistricting fiasco if someone had not told me about Mr. Johnson's hiring not being on the agenda in December.

Anonymous said...

You are providing a very valuable service. Too bad you aren't in a position to expose this more readily and to a broader group.
I wish you would run for office. You would have my vote.
Perhaps WLBT or another station would give you air-time on a regular basis.
No doubt you would draw a broad viewship.
In the meanwhile, thanks for what you are doing...

Chief Luke Thompson said...

Responding to the first comment:

1. The 60 radios include 30 portable radios that the officers carry on their duty belts (and operate by battery) and 30 mobile radios that are mounted in the police cars (that operate by the vehicle's power). There will be 25 officers + 1 animal control officer + the radios needed for the dispatchers while the specifications are being developed for the dispatch radio consoles.

2. As for the price tag, these radios are specific to the radio system and the prices are set by the manufacturers, thus the need for the two price quotes. It does seem expensive, but also keep in mind that these radios will be used for years to come.

Anonymous said...

9:58 AM I could be wrong but from what I can see Kingfish has a good working relationship with WLBT. They cover many of the stories he breaks here @ JJ.

Anonymous said...

You are correct, 1:26, they do seem to pick up and run with what he throws their way. He does the investigation and they do the reporting in many instances.
I just thought it would be nice if Kingfish had his own short TV spot to expose current and past dirty-doings in and around Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Even tho he's a buffed dude Marsha's rack is far superior to KF's. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

Alas, some things just cannot be gotten naturally...

Anonymous said...

5:02 " some things" can be " store bought" :-)

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