TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol thinks it can replace its radio system for $12 million less than expected under a plan that would sidestep the competitive bidding process.
The News Tribune (http://is.gd/mIO4Bq ) reports competitors have complained, but the patrol is expected to sign a no-bid contract with Motorola Solutions as early as Monday.
Officials say a partnership with the federal government lowers the cost of the technology upgrade to 41 million. But only Motorola makes equipment that is compatible with the federal Department of Justice radio system.
The commander of the patrol's electronic services division says it's an opportunity the state can't pass up.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com