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Denver to Encrypt Police Radio Traffic, Blocking the Public from Listening:

from denverpost.com on February 16, 2019
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Denver to Encrypt Police Radio Traffic, Blocking the Public -- But Not News Organizations -- From Listening:

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Denver to Encrypt Police Radio Traffic, Blocking the Public  
by KD7YVV on February 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I can understand the need for officer safety.
I can understand the need to keep some information private.

In the case of medical services, patient identifying
information should be protected under HIPPA.

I don't think a lot of evildoers use scanners.
They're more apt to use apps on their phones or
sites like broadcastify.

I do remember the old TV show EMERGENCY, where
they would use a radio link to talk to the hospital
and the communication was in the clear.

It would take a full time staffer to sit there and
manually filter out sensitive information for broadcast.

Weren't MDT's supposed to enable officers to run
plates etc. without having to go voice over the
radio?

I read that the MDT technology is now cellular and
encrypted so there's a secure channel right there.

I don't think the news organizations should have to
spend money to keep track of our public servants.

I think it would be easier to set up a password
protected site and stream the audio to the news
organizations. That in my opinion is a good way
to ensure that the news organizations get the
traffic they need to report the news, and the
general evildoer is locked out.

The problem with digital communications is what
the D-Star users call R2-D2ing.
The signal becomes marginal and all you hear are
digital hash and squawks.

It's sort of like digital TV, either the signal is
there, or it isn't. In a life threatening situation
I wouldn't want to depend on digital comms.

At least with analog, you can pick up what is
being said even if there is some interference.

 
Denver to Encrypt Police Radio Traffic, Blocking the Public  
by WA3PTY on February 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Same in my area police always ask for public s help guess not need scanner listener help.
 
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