The Ramsey County (Minn.) Board plans to build a new radio dispatch center at a cost of about $2.5 million, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The facility would be built on land adjacent to the county’s jail in St. Paul and would house an 800 MHz radio system that would replace legacy UHF and VHF systems that have been in use for 50 years, the paper said.

The current system dispatches calls to the county’s sheriff’s deputies and some suburban police departments. The new system could provide dispatching to other departments, including the St. Paul police department, and would enable interoperable communications between the county’s police and fire departments the paper said.