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Police radios

By Jo Blake

One of the greatest barriers to efficient policing was the inability to pass information quickly to men on patrol. Chief Constable Griffin took a keen interest in the idea of giving officers personal wireless sets. On September 14th 1933, a transmitter was set up on top of the Town Hall and 30 wireless receivers were issued to patrols. Brighton was the first Force in the world to use radios in this way, and it worked. Within a year the system was firmly established and good results were obtained in tracing stolen cars and suspects. The cost of the 30 radios, batteries and spare batteries was £443 10s 0d

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Police radios

Chief Constable of Sussex Police

This page was added by Jo Blake on 29/03/2007.