Northport plans upgrade of police radio system

The city of Northport plans to overhaul its police communications system in the next two years at an estimated cost of about $1.5 million.{} Northport's communication system has had a hard time keeping up as the city limits have grown.{} The existing radio system still works, but there are dead spots in some parts of the city.{} It doesn't work as well in the northern part of the city or in areas with deep hills or valleys.{} In those areas, officers keep a backup two-way radio for communication just in case.{} Northport's current system can't be used to communicated with Tuscaloosa police or the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department.