Detroit police communications system outage overnight

The Detroit police radio system went down for about two hours over night. The system handles calls for police, fire and EMS.

A statement from the department says a tower malfunction caused the main server to overheat, which resulted in a shutdown of the system.

Several fail safe measures are in place that should have prevented such an issue from occurring, however, due to some technological issues, these redundancies were also compromised, the statement also says.

During the outage, dispatchers had to use cell phones and landlines to reach officers in the field. At no time, though, were 911 calls affected.

The statement says seven Priority 1 calls were received during the outage and that they were still handled in a timely and safe manner.

The system went down around 2:20 a.m. and went back online around 4 a.m. Sunday.