State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, sent a letter to President Obama yesterday asking for federal funding to help solve radio problems experienced by the Port Authority police and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police. Ball said representatives of both agencies have alerted him about their department-issued radios sometimes working poorly, creating a safety hazard for both officers and the public.
Such communication problems, Ball says in the letter, were pointed out by the 9-11 Commission and were discussed during his homeland security hearing last week.
“Mr. President, this is all our responsibility, and most certainly yours. I therefore ask for your assistance and support in assuring that the issue of radio operability and interoperability become an immediate federal funding priority,” Ball wrote.
The letter appears below and was signed by Republican and Democratic members of the Senate’s homeland security committee, which Ball chairs.