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Wednesday, January 19, 2000

Police radio system suffers communication glitch

Dispatchers could not communicate
with officers in rural districts
for several hours

Star-Bulletin staff


Police reported glitches in their communications system for several hours last night.

The communications center at Honolulu Police Department headquarters on Beretania Street began experiencing difficulty around 7:30 p.m.

Dispatchers could not communicate with patrol officers in the rural patrol districts, which include Wahiawa-North Shore, Pearl City, Windward Oahu and Waianae-Kapolei.

However, officers could communicate with each other and with their respective stations.

Dispatching was done from the rural stations until the problem was corrected by 10 p.m., officials said.

According to the city, the public's safety was not jeopardized by the breakdown.

A lieutenant in the police Communications Division refused to give any details about the problem, saying he wasn't sure what happened and that he would have to assess the situation.

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