ILEAS applied for and received a significant amount of grant funds to replace 14 year old radios being used by the WMD Special Response Teams throughout Illinois. The radios the teams are currently using were purchased in 2004 & 2005. These new radios have advanced encryption capabilities and more modern technological capabilities. All the radios have been purchased and are ready for distribution. 251 officers/deputies from around 100 law enforcement agencies will receive these radios. What you see here is worth approximately $1 million.
Some of the current radios will be redistributed to Mobile Field Force and possibly EOD teams. The remaining ones will be distributed to local public safety agencies that have requested radios.