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Published on July 21st, 2016 |

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Council may approve releasing 100 old police radios for use by security guards

If the Atlanta City Council approves, the Atlanta Police Foundation would receive a donation of 100 used police radios to support the group’s “Operation Shield” public-private security partnership.

The Atlanta Police Department has upgraded its Airport Section radios and no longer needs the Motorola XTS5000 radios, according to ordinance documents out of the council’s Finance/ Executive Committee. The radios lack batteries, chargers and antennas and will cost about $245 each to be made operable.

The Police Foundation plans to assign the radios to individuals, such as private security guards, “who have a capacity to provide real-time intelligence to the police department,” a staff memo says.

Operation Shield seeks cooperation between the police and private-sector security for crime prevention and emergency preparedness, according to the program’s website. It was launched in 2007 with the Atlanta Security Council, Central Atlanta Progress, Midtown Alliance and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.

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