Cochise County changing ways deputies communicate

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is hoping a new communications system will make it much safer for its deputies patrolling one of the most dangerous parts of the Arizona border.

The department is using an $11 million dollar grant to change the radio deputies are using.

"It will allow us to communicate with other agencies, it will have service in remote areas that are considered a dead zone under the current radio system," said Sheriff Mark Dannels with Cochise County.

Sheriff Dannels says this upgrade will make sure they know and can communicate with their deputies while they are tracking cartel members who are pushing drugs into Arizona.

The sheriff's office has already started upgrading the system and is hoping the recent visit from the Department of Homeland Security Secretary will bring more technology to rural areas.

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