Sixty-five million dollars of taxpayer monies went toward a Police Radio System that never worked properly; yet it appears nobody wants to know why, at least not the people who are supposed to know why.
Well, I am Mr. Nobody and I want to know where the $65 million of taxpayer money went for the phony Police Radio System. It is my money and I have a right to know where it went, and how it was used, and I will keep at it until I find out.
In the early 2000s, this new radio system, made by Harris Corp. was to be the hottest police radio system on the block. Well, as it happens, that was not the case. In fact, it was the biggest fraud ever to hit the police departments — all the way to the East Coast — in years.
I guess for years the LVMPD always thought of me as a pain in the butt, as I always wanted to keep the police department honest in everything they did, especially using taxpayer monies.
Here was another venture by the police department that would really be a shiny penny in the world of deception. Starting out this would be made with an outlay of $43 million to get the project started, which would integrate the current radio system (analog) with the new radio system (digital). As soon as that started, the radio system started on a downward path from which it never recovered. This was a path that lasted for 6 years, which eventually ended in scraping the entire system and spending another $22 million to try to fix it.
Contrary to what t he public may believe, I, along with several other detectives, found out that this same radio system was the brunt of several lawsuits filed across the nation by other police departments because it failed to perform properly.
The information was supplied by me and others to police administrators but was ignored. In fact, a memo came through the ranks that anyone saying bad things about the new radio system would be disciplined. In fact, I personally, along with my squad, was told never to mention the radio or even speak about it at a unit meeting, or be disciplined.
You could pretty much see that the radio system was a hot topic and that the money already spent was already going to hit the fan, and then finally the decision was being made to scrap the system. Now the big question was what was the explanation going to be for this mess, even after you were told it was a fake. But, now let us not even talkabout the number of Officers that were hurt because of this radio system and the police incidents that were hampered.
At last in 2014, there was a lawsuit filed against Harris Corp. by the LVMPD. But there was a glitch in the proceedings, a non-disclosure agreement was introduced into the proceedings. So now we all don’t know how much money was recovered to the LVMPD. Let’s see $68 million should be a nice chunk, or maybe just enough to satisfy the LVMPD administrators and line some pockets. Word has it that some high ranking police administrators went to work for Harris Corp. later on.
This looks just like another crooked deal to put on this list for LVMPD, and to have to keep covering up. Get the right guy into office in 2018, and maybe we will get some answers
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