The War Against Scanner Encryption
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2 TN turns off encryption12/1/2016
3 River MA - Facebook page by scannerists has 12,000 followers11/19/2016
4 FL FD turned off encryption January 20161/13/201610/16/2016
5 news article about encryption of police radios10/11/201610/12/2016
6 scanner feed from Washington County NY4/11/201610/8/2016has police and fire and ambulanceand the terrorists have not taken over the county yetarchive dates back to April 11 2016
7 GA will not turn on encryption per letter from mayor to scannerist10/5/2016
8 of official live scanner audio feeds12/2/2016
9 of heroic scannerists9/10/2016<<<< - this spreadsheet was removed from the "Scanners" entry at Wikipedia - by whom ? why ?EB
murders spike in Anchorage AK - scanners are dead silent9/5/2016police warn against walking alone at night
11 / tow truck driver busts drunk driver who hit Phiily sergeant8/25/20169/5/2016
12 County Georgia turns off encryption7/26/20167/29/2016Radio Shack selling digital scanners like hot cakespassionate people love scanners
13 filmed police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge7/12/2016members of an anti violence group
14 vs videos - very dark info about deception7/11/2016openness - becoming more critical by the second
15 of passes away due to colon cancer7/11/2016
16 a corrupt wannabe Sheriff cause encryption in Orange County CA?6/28/2016they activated encryption in 2000
17 advocacy group gets ahold of Orange County CA Sheriff Comms HandbookDec 2014 ish6/28/2016<< the comm manual
18 of info about encryption in Florida6/28/2016encryption is unAmerican
19 IL is going encrypted6/28/2016the public could refuse to pay for encryption
20 discussion about encryption in Georgia6/14/2016
21 could cause lawsuits6/2/2016if someone is killed because encryption is used, liability could arisescanners have been sold in the USA for 60 yearsthe public could protect themselves if messages were in the clearencryption is being employed without any good reason
22 CA FD scanner feed6/2/2016will be linked to PulsePoint app
23 Antonio AirLife turns off encryption6/1/2016
24 CT had encryption for only a very short time?5/6/2016might be interesting story behind this"we want to be transparent" per police chief - >>
25 County Sheriff NC turned on encryption4/29/20165/5/2016"gas leaks and mass shootings" are mentioned as reasons why encryption is badnot everyone thinks encryption is a great idea
26 Rosa County FL Sheriff was scheduled to go encrypted in Jan 2016 per 2014 info1/1/20141/31/2016
27 Texas turned on encryption in May 20145/1/20141/31/2016police complained about social media use at hostage situation after encryption was turned on
28 used scanner app to respond to terror attack1/26/20161/29/2016San Bernardino CA
29 TX will never go fully encrypted1/28/20161/28/2016per radio system manager
30 CT FD will turn off encryption12/15/20151/27/2016also Bridgeport CT FD will only encrypt 1 channel
31 FL FD turned off encryption1/13/20161/14/2016they also have a new scanner feed at broadcastify
32 MI - crime down 13% - Police Chief praises scannerists1/7/20161/11/2016
33 police want to inspect all documents before publication on the Internet5/13/20155/13/2015
34 Obama blasted over secrecy by Senator Boxer5/13/20155/13/2015
35 scanners dont react well to encryption5/12/2015can be difficult to scan channels that are just partially encrypted
St Louis area -
.@KMOV exposes local cop caught using the n-word on police camera video during traffic stop. "N----- Running North!" Story on News 4 at 6. 53 retweets 17 favorites
5/7/20155/7/2015 & 5/12/2015words were not spoken on a police radio - they were on a dash cam
37 Maine PD apparently turned off their encryption per this scanner feed5/2/2015encryption was on 9/26/2014 per this same URL
38 newspaper calls on police to de-encrypt4/25/20154/26/2015Arnold PA area
39 Spokane and New Orleans have turned off encryption due to public pressure4/24/2015this discussion focuses on the corrupt Miami Gardens FL PD
40 about lazy scannerists in Gwinett County Georgia4/13/2015few scannerists are raising their voices against encryption of fire radio traffic
41 to "scan4good" list - early 20003/2/2015
42 NJ PD turned off encryption - briefly2/21/2015
43 CT PD turns on encryption2/19/2015very nice article presents the pro and cons of encryption for local policeCT activists speak out against encryption
44 in Tewksbury MA leads police to attempted murderer2/18/2015if the police radio had been encrypted, the scannerist would never have heard about the incidentthe scannerist was 1 of 3 people who led police to the perp (per the DA report)
45 AZ PD might turn off encryption - because they have a new Police Chief2/15/2015
46 DC FD will turn off encryption2/11/20152/12/2015DCFD Union statement re removal of encryption >>>
Los Angeles Police Chief writes letter to Google complaining about Waze being used to track cops. Other cops say it is fine. Alex Thompson of Venice CA runs @Venice311 on Twitter - he tweets police calls from scanner - got blessing from LAPD Captain
good article outlines the history and operation of scanBaltimore with its live scanner audio feed - the local crime reporter was having trouble with using scanners1/12/20152/8/2015
49 Mass - PD turned off encryption - today is the first day that I have heard the Mansfield PD via this live scanner audio feed12/27/201412/27/2014 - 7/2007 - they went digital on 472.25 - 3/2009 - they are encrypted
- seems that MPD originally turned on encryption in Feb 2007 - 2010 - encryption will end when Chief retires
50 about Boston Police radio broadcast regarding Santa Claus12/25/201412/26/2014IMHO the news media could include police radio clips with every crime story
51 member is using public document laws to request agency radio handbooks12/25/201412/25/2014next some encryption keys can be requested from the FBIif it prevents a coup - it would be a good idea to release the keys - right?
52 County South Carolina Sheriff puts scanner feed online12/24/2014
53 County Georgia Fire Department was encrypted in 200812/24/2014but they saw the error of their ways
54 fire service journalist speaks out against encryption of Washington DC Fire Dept radios12/19/2014
55 River Township FD in Ohio11/29/201411/29/2014official scanner feed is explicitly provided so the public can listen
56 to encrypt DCFD radios put on hold11/27/2014area fire chiefs spoke out against the plan because it compromised interops
57 blows the lid off Ferguson MO11/24/2014my guess is that this radio traffic came from a scanneristthe major media orgs have completely ignored this story - 12/19/2014
58 County Oklahoma - new scanner feed of Sheriff Dept from the 911 center11/21/201411/21/2014
59 - Police Call started publication10/31/2014
60 - LAPD recognized that the public was listening in to police radio broadcasts194610/31/2014
61 buster now available in Europe - to avoid speeding tickets10/29/2014encrypted TETRA is used in Europe - cannot be decoded by any scanner
62 Rock will post some CAD info - with 30 minute delay9/28/2014
63 NJ PD turned off encryption9/7/2014maybe yes - maybe no - see 2/21/2015 post
64 filed against encryption - Little Rock Arkansas8/19/20148/19/2014<< updated 2/11/2016
65 gear up to fight encryption via political action in Central Virginia8/16/20148/16/2014
66 One of our officers stated it best.. “Good people being informed can be one of our greatest allies”.7/28/2014
67 discussion about forcing agencys to turn off encryption6/18/20146/18/2014
68 County Ohio Sheriff turned on encryption4/25/20145/8/2014the newsroom is not happy - nice big articlearticle claims that Motorola encryption has been hackedonline petion to turn the encryption offencryption breeds corruption
69 Beach CA police chief might be open to turning off encryption3/20/20143/20/2014
70 NC police are adding encryption - the local newspaper is not happy3/7/20143/11/2014
71 discussion about encryption3/1/2014
72 comment decrys encryption1/30/20142/27/2014
73 fine 'Letter to the Editor' against encryption - Columbia TN1/29/20141/30/2014
74 dispatcher fights to keep Little Rock PD comms open1/5/2014
75 CT PD and Southbury CT PD ordered to turn off encryption by local politicians12/23/201312/23/2013
76 cuts access to police blotters12/9/2013encryption of radios mentioned in public comments
77 Texas may have turned off encryption due to interops concerns11/17/201311/17/2013maybe not - 11/18/2013
78 media outlets in Bridgeport CT given encrypted police radios - but they cannot divulge an incident until police arrive at the scene10/1/201211/11/2013
79 games in 1980s using encrypted radios almost caused nuclear war11/2/2013
80 discussion about operational aspects of police radio encryption1/18/201310/19/2013P25 weaknesses disected
81 of 5 St Marys County MD County Commissioners have spoken against encryption9/24/20139/24/2013
82 MI PD went encrypted in 2013 - unsure of outcome9/24/2013Community Watch got cut out of the loopPD previously had their own scanner feed on their own website
83 County Florida Trunked System info9/11/2013Admin 1 TG is not encrypted - all Code 3 alertsChase 1 TG is not encryptedthis may be due to pushback from a scannerist
84 Marys County Maryland - scannerists get hearing from county commisioners9/7/20139/10/2013
85 article chronicles use of technology by police to limit civil liberties8/26/20139/10/2013
86 media from Portland Oregon calls for public discussion of encryption8/23/20139/10/2013
87"Keep Lines of Communications Open" - Illinois news media suggests that encryption be banned except in limited circumstances8/7/20139/10/2013
88"Can Encryption Barrier Be Cracked?" - Illinois news media laments encryption of police radios8/14/20139/10/2013
89 wonderful Letter to the Editor decries encryption - Saint Marys County Maryland8/16/20139/10/2013
90 article in Popular Science with articulate public comments
heralding openness
91 media lawyer troubled by encryption8/7/20139/10/2013
92"The media's fundamental job is to shine a light in the darkest corners of government. If we stand for anything, it's transparency and
5/30/20139/10/2013this is just a headsup for media folks
93 is not for everyone per police radio experts7/18/20139/10/2013
94 CT used encryption until complaints were received10/26/20129/10/2013
95 NV Police tuned off encryption in 20126/17/20129/10/2013
96 TN dropped encryption due to key failures9/10/2013
97 AZ PD tuned encryption back on due to news media blunder3/23/20139/10/2013
98 AZ PD turned off encryption when media complained in ?20079/10/2013
99 FL were encrypted for 2 weeks in May 2013 when they turned on their new radio system5/1/20139/10/2013why did they turn off encryption?
100 TX makes special provisions for hobbyists and tow truck drivers etc8/18/20139/10/2013