NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- New and improved radios are now in the hands of Union County Sheriff's Office deputies.
Sheriff Jimmy Edwards says the new radios will solve a long-standing problem in the county which is a lack of communication.
The devices they have used for years are unreliable and often do not work in rural areas of Union County.
Edwards says they are following the footsteps of all state agencies which are now using the Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network.
The system is set up to allow all emergency responders statewide to communicate.
"We carry guns and we carry tasers. We carry all kinds of tools, but the thing that you use everyday, all day long and all night long is a walkie talkie," Edwards said.
The sheriff says money seized from drug busts covered the $52,000 price tag.
A total of 27 radios were purchased.
Each radio also features an emergency button that will send out an alert if the officer needs immediate assistance.
The new radios may require the purchase of a scanner that can pick up the signal for monitoring.