WINSTON, Ore. - An $18,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow the Winston Police Department to buy a new radio system to better communicate with the county's dispatch center.
Police say this is crucial because the city is located in a rural area.
"It's where the repeaters are within the county and geographically set-up, and Winston is kind of down in a hole and it's very hard for us to get communication with them at times," Chief Brandon Sarti said.
The department is currently using portable radios to communicate with dispatch.
The new radio system will allow officers to hear dispatch from every room in the building.