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373.041 POLICE-OPERATED BROADCASTING STATIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Station and mobile units by sheriff. A county may establish, construct,
equip and maintain a radio broadcasting station, with land-fixed repeater stations and two-way
communication mobile units as necessary, to be used for public safety purposes under the direction
of the sheriff. The county may acquire land by gift, purchase or condemnation for use as a site
or sites for the station or stations. The county shall exercise its powers under this subdivision in
conformance with any statewide plan for a coordinated system of radio communications adopted
by the Department of Public Safety after consultation with the professional communications
officers representing law enforcement agencies involved in the plan. The Department of Public
Safety shall adopt rules to implement the statewide plan.
    Subd. 2. Rules and regulations; FCC. A county owning and maintaining a broadcasting
station under subdivision 1 may, subject to the rules and regulations of the Federal
Communications Commission, extend its facilities to any city located in the county, and to any
adjoining county and any city in an adjoining county, upon application of its governing body to
the county board requesting radio communication and service. All mobile radio equipment and
apparatus for two-way communication used for the extended service shall be owned, maintained
and serviced by the county owning the broadcasting station. Charges for the service extended to
counties and municipalities shall be made on a cost sharing basis.
    Subd. 3. Sheriff radio and maintenance account. All money received as charges for the
service rendered under subdivision 2 shall be kept in an account designated the "Sheriff Radio
and Maintenance Account," shall not be transferred or apportioned to any other fund or account,
and shall be used for no other purpose than the purchase of radio equipment and maintenance
of radio equipment and apparatus.
    Subd. 4. Sheriff; duties. The sheriff of the county owning the radio facilities shall broadcast
all police dispatches and reports submitted which, in the opinion of the sheriff, have a reasonable
relation to or connection with the apprehension of criminals, the prevention of crime and the
maintenance of peace and order throughout the area serviced by the broadcasting station or
stations.
History: 1949 c 387 s 1-4; 1971 c 149 s 1,2; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1984 c 629 s 1; 1985
c 248 s 70