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 — 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. That’s unacceptable and needs to change.

via Miscommunication.

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?

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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