Sheriff’s office improves communications

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to improve its communication infrastructure, a goal of the department since 2012.

The Lassen County Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of a repeater/base station for Hamilton Mountain for the amount of about $28,9000 during the Dec. 17 board meeting. The funds will be reimbursed through the Homeland Security Grant Program.

The new repeater/base station is a digital P-25 platform as required by the Public Safety Communication Act of 2002, according to a letter to the board from Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon.

“The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has been working to improve public safety radio infrastructure since 2012.

“To continue in this effort, the sheriff’s office would like to install a combination base station/repeater on Hamilton Mountain. There are currently two individual units in two separate vaults on Hamilton Mountain. The units interfere with each other, and do not work at peak efficiency. A combination unit will resolve this issue,” read the report from Growdon.

The sheriff’s office and office of emergency services applied for and received the 2018 State Homeland Security grant.

The agencies intended for it to help assist public safety agencies in the Lassen Operational Area with communication enhancement projects.

The repeater/base is about $24,000, with an amplifier option for an additional cost of about $2,900 from Daniels Electronics Ltd. With tax, the total is $28,943.91.

The supervisors unanimously authorized the purchase for Hamilton Mountain through the information and consent calendar.