Bartlesville Police Department officers were recently equipped with new hand-held radios thanks to a donation from Phillips 66. The radios replace the department’s older radios, many of which were inoperable or in various states of disrepair.
“The good folks at Phillips 66 found out we had a need for this and came through for us. We are extremely grateful for their generous donation,” said Police Chief Tom Holland. “Officers no longer have to share radios and, more importantly, they now have radios that work no matter where they are.”
Holland said that previously, officers had a difficult time relaying and receiving information when inside certain buildings or outside the immediate coverage range.
“Being able to communicate is vital to law enforcement and other emergency responders,” Holland said. “This will help ensure safety for our officers as well as the public.”
“Officers in the field have noticed a definite improvement in communication with the new radios,” said BPD Capt. Jay Hastings. “The grant from Phillips 66 allowed our agency to replace all of the radios at one time, which was beneficial to the safety of our officers. The old radios had reached their life expectancy and we were quickly running out of options.”