Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird. (file photo; photo by James Wyman)

Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird told the county board at Tuesday's meeting that $98,000 worth of radio upgrades will be paid by KenCom Public Safety Dispatch.

KenCom answers 9-1-1 emergency telephone calls and provides police dispatching services for Oswego, Yorkville, Plano and  Montgomery, and for the fire protection districts of Oswego, Bristol Kendall, Little Rock-Fox, Newark, Lisbon-Seward, Sandwich, Montgomery-Countryside and Aurora Township.

Baird briefed the Kendall County Board on the savings.

Sheriff Baird said that his department's radios will be switched to digital in the near future.

The sheriff also spoke about the future encryption of the radios.

Kendall County Board member Scott Gryder had a question for Sheriff Baird regarding encryption.

Sheriff Baird said that KenCom has been a "good steward" of the finances for area dispatch, and that KenCom has been far ahead of other dispatch centers across the state.

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