Verizon Wireless Provides Service To Sturgis Police For Motorcycle Rally

STURGIS, SD — Verizon Wireless is providing the Sturgis Police Department with a dedicated system of specially programmed wireless phones to insure police communications during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 6-12. The annual event is expected to attract 300,000 enthusiasts to the Black Hills area.

"Verizon Wireless provides an invaluable service to our department," says Jim Bush, Chief of Police in Sturgis. "The traffic gets so busy on our police radios that we rely on our wireless phones as our line of communication with officers on the street."

In addition to providing the police department with a dedicated wireless local loop system for their calls, Verizon Wireless has also boosted the capacity of its network in Sturgis. In anticipation of the increased call traffic during the rally, the network has been upgraded to handle four-and-a-half times more call volume.

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