Police radios face health check

WORRIED police officers across Suffolk are today waiting to hear if the radios they use every day are safe.Some have voiced concerns to bosses and the human resources committee of Suffolk Police Authority has discussed whether there are any potential risks to officers' health from the Airwaves radios.

WORRIED police officers across Suffolk are today waiting to hear if the radios they use every day are safe.

Some have voiced concerns to bosses and the human resources committee of Suffolk Police Authority has discussed whether there are any potential risks to officers' health from the Airwaves radios.

Members of the committee are waiting to hear the result of national scientific research into the concerns.

The Home Office has announced a £35million project to monitor the effects, which will be the biggest ever study of its kind in the UK.

In a report to be discussed at Friday's police authority meeting, committee chairman Brendan Fulham said: "It will monitor more than 100,000

Police officers for any impact on health, in both the short and long term.

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"The committee recognised that a good deal of work had been done to address concerns locally, but it would not be possible to give further reassurance until any long-term issues had been identified by the national study."

The risks of where the radios are placed within Suffolk police vehicles, were analysed and they were moved to more accessible positions.

A Suffolk vehicle has also been sent to the police's national transport testing centre, to see if Airwaves interferes with other electronic systems in vehicles.

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