In my CityBeat column this week, I get a litte perturbed by the fact that there is a police officer sitting a local hospital recovering from, what it appears, could have been a preventable accident during a recent police chase.
While Gehring sits in a hospital recuperating slowly but surely, we should take his injuries as our lesson on how to fix the problem before something like this happens again â€” maybe with even a worse result. The local ham radio club is better suited to deal with this type of emergency than our local police officers. Thatâ€™s unacceptable and needs to change.
Have the right tools to do their job is only half the story. They should. But their inability to communicate could also cost lives in a more serious and widespread emergency. Why wasn’t this fixed with the influx of Homeland Security dollars? A Cincinnati Fire Department tractor trailer that is seldom, if ever, used sits parked. A wonderful communication center with state-of-the-art communications sits in a pricey piece of real estate in Price Hill – and was virtually useless for this very real emergency. What gives?