The portable and mobile Motorola radios currently in use by the Police Department are 11 years old and reaching their end of life time span. All currently used radios were purchased at the same time when the new radio system was implemented in 2007. These radios will not be supported by Motorola in 2019.
The Police Department has implemented a phase-in program to start purchasing replacement radios each year over the next several years instead of trying to fund a one time, very expensive, complete mobile and portable radio replacement purchase.
New cars will be outfitted with new mobile radios using Police Sales Tax Mobile Equipment funds. Older operational radios will be maintained and used for replacements as other radios break down during the phase-in process.
Motorola is the standard radio equipment brand for the Police fleet. These radios meet the specifications for regional interoperability and encryption.
The radios would be purchased through cooperative contract 07-13201/DL/Amendment 4 with Motorola. Created by Johnson County Kansas Emergency Communications.
Section 8.06.004, Paragraph 4 of the City Code states competitive bidding is not required when purchases are made through a cooperative contract established pursuant to RSMo. 70.220 or generally accepted governmental purchasing practices through the competitive bidding process. Staff recommends award to Motorola Solutions, Inc.