December 28, 2004 |
The city's trouble-plagued police radio system malfunctioned briefly yesterday as officers on patrol in North Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia heard only static on their radios for about three minutes. Police said they were trying to pinpoint the cause of the problem, which developed at 2:23 p.m. Chief Inspector Michael Feeney said officers in squad cars heard only static from dispatchers at Police Headquarters. Feeney said officers were able to communicate with other patrol cars, but not with headquarters.
June 18, 1989 |
Two burglary suspects escaped when police officers investigating a break-in at a Nether Providence school were unable to communicate via radio from opposite sides of the building. A police officer's radio call for help with a fight in Darby Borough was blocked out by a broadcast from a sheriff in Montana. A local police chief recalled the hot pursuit of two armed-robbery suspects through the county's back roads not knowing whether his radio messages were being picked up by the county radio system.
May 21, 2004 |
The glitch in the police radio system that left a large number of the city's 600 patrol officers on duty Tuesday night without two-way communications for roughly a half-hour remained elusive yesterday as technicians searched to isolate the cause. "Our main concern is that we resolve the issue and [preserve] the safety of the officers and the public they protect," said Steve Gorecki, a spokesman for Motorola, the company that installed the city's new $52 million emergency-services digital communication system that went online about 18 months ago. Two-way communications were back to normal yesterday as the probe was conducted.
December 11, 2008 |
A series of human errors caused a 40-minute failure in the city's police radio system July 22, according to a report submitted yesterday to City Council by the Nutter administration. The report also said the problem-plagued Motorola system would cost $40 million to upgrade - almost as much as it cost to install in 2002. The Motorola system has been hobbled by dozens of malfunctions, from momentary glitches to systemwide crashes of almost an hour. The system failure last summer enraged Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who called the problem "unacceptable.
April 19, 1989 |
The Police Department's field communications network went off the air for eight minutes yesterday morning when a master fuse blew and abruptly ended all contact between patrol officers and dispatchers at police headquarters. "To the best of my knowledge, we have never had a total communications failure like that," said Deputy Commissioner Thomas J. Nestel, a 27-year veteran who oversees the radio network. Nestel supervised repairs yesterday. Police officials said the master fuse blew out about 9 a.m. in the radio room of the Police Administration Building.
March 13, 1988 |
Pimps, thieves and prostitutes came to see big Pat Shaw buried. So did Nairobi's top police brass and the chief justice of Kenya's supreme court. The lawmen came to say goodbye to Africa's most famous white cop, a big man with a bigger reputation for always getting his man, one way or another. The pimps and prostitutes, who had been Shaw's informers, came to gaze on the body of a giant who had terrified them for so long. The thieves, it is said, crept up to convince themselves that Pat Shaw really was dead.
October 3, 2006 |
Two Philadelphia police radio dispatchers face a combined 120 years in federal prison and more than $1 million in fines if convicted on charges of using police computer equipment to obtain and distribute personal information about cars and homes to a man they believed was robbing the victims. "These defendants deliberately undermined the work of the very officers they were supposed to be supporting," U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said in a statement yesterday. Charged were Patricia Bradley, 35, of the 1300 block of Lippincott Street, and Tamara Mitchell, 38, of the 600 block of Chew Street.
November 15, 1991 |
Police said yesterday that four burglary suspects captured Wednesday night in Winslow Township used police radios and shot out outdoor lights with BB guns while eluding them for almost five months. The four were identified as Christopher Pate, 18, of Pomona; his brother, Brian Pate, 20, and Tracey Buri, 20, both of Audubon, and Stephen Goff, 19, of Absecon. They were charged initially with two counts of burglary, but police said that when the investigation is complete, they might be charged with 40 burglaries in Winslow, Cherry Hill, Monroe and Evesham.
December 18, 2004 |
The city's new and troublesome $54 million public-safety radio system acted up again yesterday morning, transmitting only sporadic and clipped communications between Police Headquarters and emergency vehicles in parts of South Philadelphia and Center City. Only the police side of the 800 MHz system was affected. The Fire Department and other emergency services that use the network were problem-free. The situation apparently began shortly before 6 a.m., when technicians from Motorola, which installed the system, were automatically alerted by an alarm that problems were occurring on the police system, Deputy Police Commissioner Charles Brennan said.
March 5, 2004 |
A 14-year-old West Philadelphia boy being mentored by Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson has been banned from Police Headquarters after he took a commander's walkie-talkie from the building. The youth, whose name was not released because of his age, is believed to have used the radio to illegally transmit on law-enforcement channels, canceling some 911 calls for police service while using the call numbers of a night-command captain. In at least one other instance, he radioed asking for a "license check," meaning he wanted the name of a registered owner of a vehicle, a common practice by officers.