Umatilla County seeks wireless network funds

HERMISTON -- Umatilla County is searching for a way to preserve an 800-square-mile wireless network used by police officers to file reports and check security cameras.

For now, the wireless network is part of an Army program for communities surrounding the Umatilla Chemical Depot, which is scheduled to destroy the last of its chemical weapons stockpile next year.

Hermiston Police Chief Daniel Coulombe said the Army's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program has saved his officers 2,000 hours since it started 10 years ago.

The county needs to find $100,000 to keep the system operating, according to the East Oregonian.