Cell and Communication Problem in Freeman Shooting

It (FirstNet) will help us in those types of major emergencies that we worry about where the cell towers are being over loaded by the civilian side,” Sheriff Knezovich said.

The high volume of cell phone traffic during the Freeman shooting caused cell networks to overload. This left first responders to resort to using radios and many students and parents unable to connect.

Because cellular networks can be unreliable, law enforcement continues to use traditional radio communication.

Although radio communication is not the most current technology, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said it is the preferred form of communication.

“A lot of people don’t realize that this is not a walkie-talkie, it’s a computer,” said Knezovich.

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