By Kristin Rover
Batavia Township Trustees approved the purchase of new scanners for deputies during their April 7 meeting.
Administrator Rex Parsons said the scanners will enable the deputies to hear neighboring departments’ communications including Union Township and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post.
“I think it is going to enable the police officers or deputies to be better aware of what is going on in neighboring communities around them,” Parsons said.
Parsons said the deputies currently have radios that they use to hear each other, and they can communicate with other police departments by changing the channel on those radios.
He said the scanners will allow them to hear other departments while also being on their own frequency on the radios.
“They can now listen,” Parsons said. “And if they want to talk to them, they can switch the radio and call and talk to them.”
Parsons said they have had several incidents where a neighboring community was having an issue that Batavia Township police could have assisted with.
“We can know what issues are going on, whether it be a chase or a car accident,” Parsons said.
Parsons said the scanners cost approximately $3,800. Trustees approved the the purchase of the scanners April 7.