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https://forums.radioreference.com/pennsylvania-radio-discussion-forum/349313-pa-statewide-p25-phase-2-system-6.html#post2790427USA police radios have been in the clear for close to 90 years8/15/2017https://web.archive.org/web/20170815155744/https://forums.radioreference.com/pennsylvania-radio-discussion-forum/349313-pa-statewide-p25-phase-2-system-6.html
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https://forums.radioreference.com/pennsylvania-radio-discussion-forum/349313-pa-statewide-p25-phase-2-system-6.html#post2790502sometimes police radio tapes are maliciously edited8/15/2017https://web.archive.org/web/20170815155744/https://forums.radioreference.com/pennsylvania-radio-discussion-forum/349313-pa-statewide-p25-phase-2-system-6.html
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https://web.archive.org/web/20170815151029/https://patch.com/minnesota/southwestminneapolis/good-samaritan-overhears-police-scanner-rescues-woman-duluth?platform=hootsuiteScannerist saves drowning woman - Duluth MN8/15/2017
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https://forums.radioreference.com/florida-radio-discussion-forum/355473-encryption-marion-county.html#post2796527clear channels keep cops honest8/10/2017per Sheriff of Polk County FL
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https://forums.radioreference.com/florida-radio-discussion-forum/355473-encryption-marion-county.html#post2796294scannerist avoided shooter8/10/2017https://web.archive.org/web/20170815160015/https://forums.radioreference.com/florida-radio-discussion-forum/355473-encryption-marion-county.html
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https://sites.google.com/site/sonofrcma/home/2017Lincoln Nebraska - editorial against encryption8/8/20178/10/2017http://journalstar.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-police-radio-must-remain-as-public-as-possible/article_3c71f85e-c415-53fe-87da-c18010dace42.htmhttps://web.archive.org/web/20170810150308/http://journalstar.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-police-radio-must-remain-as-public-as-possible/article_3c71f85e-c415-53fe-87da-c18010dace42.htm
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https://forums.radioreference.com/illinois-radio-discussion-forum/335504-rockford-police-going-fully-encrypted-5.htmlgood comments about encryption and transparency8/9/2017https://web.archive.org/web/20170815160128/https://forums.radioreference.com/illinois-radio-discussion-forum/335504-rockford-police-going-fully-encrypted-5.html
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https://forums.radioreference.com/texas-radio-discussion-forum/327795-conroe-texas-pd-very-quiet.htmlConroe Texas PD turned off encryption April 20174/23/2017Conroe TX PD turned on encryption Jan 2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/colorado-radio-discussion-forum/297935-fort-collins-police-open-transparent.html#post2752589Fort Collins Colorado Police Chief Resigns4/18/2017cop batters girl - police chief resignsencryption used since 2014cause and effect?
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https://www.statter911.com/2017/04/13/air-force-admits-mistake-in-getting-civilian-pio-to-delete-images-tweets-from-f-16-crash/USAF admits error re photographs4/13/2017related to the openness issueit is not illegal to take photos in public
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http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/apr/06/block-watch-leaders-weigh-in-on-new-radi/Youngstown OH blocks watch groups vs encryption4/6/20174/10/2017"(the police) are going to lose a lot of eyes"https://web.archive.org/web/20170815160354/http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/apr/06/block-watch-leaders-weigh-in-on-new-radi/
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http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/apr/02/campbell-cops-silence-scanner-talk-to-re/Campbell OH PD turns on encryption to protect Social Security numbers4/2/20174/10/2017article has comments from misc journalistsif the PD turned off the repeater they would protect the SS #or they could set up a simple procedure - Car 1 to Station, I need a license check - Station to Car 1, turn on your encryption and go ahead
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http://forums.radioreference.com/ontario/348482-hamilton-fire-social-media-info.htmlHamilton Canada - legit media can get police radios3/23/2017I need to reread this sometime and clarify the info
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http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20170317/two-arrested-after-shot-fired-through-door-in-downtown-quincyQuincy MA - scannerists lead cops to shooter3/17/20173/23/2017the scannerists used a scanner app
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http://web.archive.org/web/20111030001826/http://www.frvfd.org/index.php/fire-information-and-preparednessFort Ross FD in California has been recommending that everyone buy a scanner since at least Oct 20113/1/2017
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http://www.newsday.com/long-island/crime/three-charged-in-7-11-cigarette-dispute-nassau-cops-say-1.13126031scannerists catch armed perp - Suffolk County NY2/25/2017
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Massachusetts ACLU tweeted (Dec 5 2016 ish) about Springfield MA PD turning on encryption (Nov 5 2016 ish)1/30/2017they tweeted a link to a TV22 story IIRCthe tweet was deleted quickly IIRC
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http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/32786/Terre Haute case will be / would have been a slam dunk for Broadcastify1/30/2017https://web.archive.org/web/20170815160722/http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/32786/
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http://forums.radioreference.com/ontario/347254-hamilton-fire.html#post2707693Quebec City tracked down cops who were giving tips to the news media1/30/2017Hamilton Ontario Fire Chief used to give radios to news media
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Iraq and 6 nations release copys of nuclear agreement12/24/2016openness of the mega world scale typeI think the documents were released to prevent Trump from calling for war against Iraqhttp://www.popsci.com/pentagon-targeting-manual-released-online<<< US targeting scheme released
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off duty cop kills Russian Ambassador in Ankara Turkey12/19/201612/21/2016terror attack by Muslim
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http://forums.radioreference.com/connecticut-radio-discussion-forum/343138-live-pd.htmlBridgeport PD stops TV show12/19/2016radios are fully encrypted
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/100000-dead-30000-missing-mexico-war-on-drugs-turns-10/100,000 dead in Mexico's 10 year war on drugs12/11/2016when local police are corrupt - the murder rate soars
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http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/yes-you-can-post-negative-online-review-says-congress-n693001Congress shoots down gag orders12/8/201612/8/2016people were getting sued for posting negative reviews onlineCongress reaffirms the right to post honest reviews of businesses and providerskeywords - honesty - accountability
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http://forums.radioreference.com/tennessee-radio-discussion-forum/342763-lenoir-city-police-loudon-county-sheriff-office-going-unencrypted.htmlLenoir TN turns off encryption12/1/2016https://web.archive.org/web/20170815161203/https://forums.radioreference.com/tennessee-radio-discussion-forum/342763-lenoir-city-police-loudon-county-sheriff-office-going-unencrypted.htmlmaybe yes - maybe no
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http://web.archive.org/web/20161114180140/http://www.firehouse.com/news/12278759/social-media-keeps-fall-river-ma-residents-involved-with-public-safetyFall River MA - Facebook page by scannerists has 12,000 followers11/19/2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/florida-radio-discussion-forum/326892-jacksonville-fire-rescue.htmlJacksonville FL FD turned off encryption January 20161/13/201610/16/2016https://web.archive.org/web/20170815161541/https://forums.radioreference.com/florida-radio-discussion-forum/326892-jacksonville-fire-rescue.html
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https://web.archive.org/web/20170815163407/https://phys.org/news/2011-11-police-departments-tune.htmlMore Police Departments Look to Tune Public Out11/20/20118/15/2017by Eric Tucker of Associated Press
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http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/now-hear-emergency-agencies-turn-off-radio-encryption-42716748AP news article about encryption of police radios10/11/201610/12/2016https://web.archive.org/web/20170815161942/https://phys.org/news/2016-10-emergency-agencies-radio-encryption.htmlabcnews url is no good - 8/15/2017
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http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/21699Official 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
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http://forums.radioreference.com/georgia-radio-discussion-forum/336530-muscogee-county-going-p25-phase-2-a.htmlColumbus GA will not turn on encryption per letter from mayor to scannerist10/5/2016
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1J0a4y0eC0n8w-rCwD8ntsHi8zY4vv13vkfspZVIyWyA/edit?usp=sharinglisting of official live scanner audio feeds12/2/2016
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https://sites.google.com/site/scannerstorys/Stories of heroic scannerists9/10/2016<<<< - this spreadsheet was removed from the "Scanners" entry at Wikipedia - by whom ? why ?EB
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http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/With-string-of-unsolved-murders-edginess-on-the-rise-in-Anchorage-392367801.html
murders spike in Anchorage AK - scanners are dead silent9/5/2016police warn against walking alone at night
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http://articles.philly.com/2016-08-27/news/75175118_1_police-sergeant-schwenksville-man-duiscannerist / tow truck driver busts drunk driver who hit Phiily sergeant8/25/20169/5/2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/georgia-radio-discussion-forum/337348-county-police-radio-will-open-communications-brunswick-ga.htmlGlynn County Georgia turns off encryption7/26/20167/29/2016Radio Shack selling digital scanners like hot cakespassionate people love scanners
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/07/the-story-behind-the-filming-of-the-fatal-baton-rouge-police-shooting/scannerists filmed police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge7/12/2016members of an anti violence group
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https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/4rtb14/facebook_glitch_that_deleted_the_philando_castile/d54qno4police vs videos - very dark info about deception7/11/2016openness - becoming more critical by the second
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http://www.startribune.com/obit-jeff-sandell-brains-behind-mnpoliceclips-com-police-scanner-monitoring-site/386203481/creator of MNpoliceclips.com passes away due to colon cancer7/11/2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/greater-los-angeles-inland-areas-discussion/323814-orange-county-encryption.htmldid a corrupt wannabe Sheriff cause encryption in Orange County CA?6/28/2016they activated encryption in 2000
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http://www.madisonassociates.org/news/2014/12/21/communications-campaign-communications-handbookpublic advocacy group gets ahold of Orange County CA Sheriff Comms HandbookDec 2014 ish6/28/2016https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1RK4s-qAnQdd2xrY3JsbWc0SXM&usp=sharing<< the comm manual
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http://www.qsl.net/n4tyv/florida_radio.htmlots of info about encryption in Florida6/28/2016encryption is unAmerican
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http://forums.radioreference.com/illinois-radio-discussion-forum/335504-rockford-police-going-fully-encrypted.htmlRockford IL is going encrypted6/28/2016the public could refuse to pay for encryption
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http://forums.radioreference.com/georgia-radio-discussion-forum/334769-what-about-le-encryption-ga.htmlintense discussion about encryption in Georgia6/14/2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/virginia-radio-discussion-forum/334226-mototrbo-now-being-used-mecklenburg-co-va.html#post2585195encryption 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
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http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/23148Escondido CA FD scanner feed6/2/2016will be linked to PulsePoint app
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http://forums.radioreference.com/texas-radio-discussion-forum/334147-san-antonio-airlife-p25.htmlSan Antonio AirLife turns off encryption6/1/2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/connecticut-radio-discussion-forum/332798-milford-ct-pd.htmlNaugatuck 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 - >>http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/now-hear-emergency-agencies-turn-off-radio-encryption-42716748
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https://mountainx.com/news/scanner-silence-buncombe-sheriffs-department-encrypts-radio-traffic-for-officer-safety/Buncombe 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
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https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=372Santa Rosa County FL Sheriff was scheduled to go encrypted in Jan 2016 per 2014 info1/1/20141/31/2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/texas-radio-discussion-forum/290654-brownsville-tx-went-quite.htmlBrownsville Texas turned on encryption in May 20145/1/20141/31/2016police complained about social media use at hostage situation after encryption was turned on
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http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/news/three-detectives-are-honored-as-fontana-police-employees-of-the/article_53eda3dc-c488-11e5-b823-dff5f6268beb.htmlCops used scanner app to respond to terror attack1/26/20161/29/2016San Bernardino CA
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http://forums.radioreference.com/texas-radio-discussion-forum/315638-plano-police-enable-selective-encryption.html#post2522300Plano TX will never go fully encrypted1/28/20161/28/2016per radio system manager
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http://forums.radioreference.com/connecticut-radio-discussion-forum/323923-bridgeport-ch-1-p25.html#post2498318Stamford CT FD will turn off encryption12/15/20151/27/2016also Bridgeport CT FD will only encrypt 1 channel
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http://forums.radioreference.com/florida-radio-discussion-forum/326892-jacksonville-fire-rescue.htmlJacksonville FL FD turned off encryption1/13/20161/14/2016they also have a new scanner feed at broadcastify
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http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2016/01/officials_saginaw_crime_down_1.htmlSaginaw MI - crime down 13% - Police Chief praises scannerists1/7/20161/11/2016
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https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/598430448402964480British police want to inspect all documents before publication on the Internet5/13/20155/13/2015
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https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/05/12/can-read-notes-life-top-democratic-senator-blasts-obamas-tpp-secrecy/President Obama blasted over secrecy by Senator Boxer5/13/20155/13/2015
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http://forums.radioreference.com/gre-scanners/313075-encrypton-mute.htmlSome scanners dont react well to encryption5/12/2015can be difficult to scan channels that are just partially encrypted
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http://www.kmov.com/story/29036167/former-bellefontaine-neighbors-officer-fellow-cop-used-n-word-during-unnecessary-traffic-stop
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
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http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/11656Biddeford Maine PD apparently turned off their encryption per this scanner feed5/2/2015encryption was on 9/26/2014 per this same URL
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http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/8229403-74/police-radios-scanner#axzz3YQPtoVDvPennsylvania newspaper calls on police to de-encrypt4/25/20154/26/2015Arnold PA area
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http://forums.radioreference.com/colorado-radio-discussion-forum/310075-do-encryption-corruption-go-hand-hand-maybe-sometimes.htmlboth Spokane and New Orleans have turned off encryption due to public pressure4/24/2015this discussion focuses on the corrupt Miami Gardens FL PD
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http://forums.radioreference.com/georgia-radio-discussion-forum/310821-gwinnett-county-fire-3.htmlcoments about lazy scannerists in Gwinett County Georgia4/13/2015few scannerists are raising their voices against encryption of fire radio traffic
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http://www.qsl.net/n4tyv/openness/scan4goodgroup.txtposts to "scan4good" list - early 20003/2/2015
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http://forums.radioreference.com/new-jersey-radio-discussion-forum/308221-kearny-nj-pd-no-longer-encrypted.htmlKearny NJ PD turned off encryption - briefly2/21/2015
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http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Greenwich-Conn-Police-Encrypt-All-Radio-Calls.htmlGreenwich CT PD turns on encryption2/19/2015very nice article presents the pro and cons of encryption for local policeCT activists speak out against encryption
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http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/02/17/fatal-shooting-tewksbury-under-investigation-middlesex-ryan-office/qSuLp469vrqFvZsnrRquMP/story.html?p1=Article_InThisSection_BottomScannerist 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)
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http://forums.radioreference.com/arizona-radio-discussion-forum/307639-now-we-have-new-phoenix-police-chief.htmlPhoeniz AZ PD might turn off encryption - because they have a new Police Chief2/15/2015
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http://www.statter911.com/2015/02/11/final-screw-right-back-former-dc-deputy-mayor-fire-radio-encryption-halted/Washington DC FD will turn off encryption2/11/20152/12/2015DCFD Union statement re removal of encryption >>>https://twitter.com/IAFF36/status/565554460328726530
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http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-0128-waze-cops-20150128-story.html
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
openness
1/28/20152/8/2015
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http://www.citypaper.com/news/cityfolk/bcp-a-scanner-darkly-a-website-makes-baltimore-police-scanner-public-20150112,0,2617682.story
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
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http://scanner.wickedlocal.com/south/mansfield.phpMansfield Mass - PD turned off encryption - today is the first day that I have heard the Mansfield PD via this live scanner audio feed12/27/201412/27/2014http://forums.radioreference.com/massachusetts-radio-discussion-forum/74803-tweeter-security.html#post558764 - 7/2007 - they went digital on 472.25http://forums.radioreference.com/massachusetts-radio-discussion-forum/135295-attleboro-police-10-codes-other-codes.html#post1024567 - 3/2009 - they are encryptedhttp://www.scan-ne.net/forums/showthread.php?8478-Mansfield-PD
- seems that MPD originally turned on encryption in Feb 2007
http://forums.radioreference.com/massachusetts-radio-discussion-forum/198638-mansfield-pd-p-25-tuning.html#post1441637 - 2010 - encryption will end when Chief retires
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http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/12/24/listen-boston-police-report-sighting-large-white-male-with-snowy-white-beard/ojRdkzyruMJDo1UU0JfeZN/story.htmlStory about Boston Police radio broadcast regarding Santa Claus12/25/201412/26/2014IMHO the news media could include police radio clips with every crime story
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http://forums.radioreference.com/greater-los-angeles-inland-areas-discussion/304471-pdf-official-law-enforcement-communications-handbook-pdf.htmlRCMA 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?
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http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/19044York County South Carolina Sheriff puts scanner feed online12/24/2014
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http://forums.radioreference.com/georgia-radio-discussion-forum/304313-gwinnett-county-fire-go-encrypted.htmlGwinnett County Georgia Fire Department was encrypted in 200812/24/2014but they saw the error of their ways
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http://www.statter911.com/2014/12/16/dc-fire-department-radios-encrypted-one-final-screw-deputy-mayor-quander/famed fire service journalist speaks out against encryption of Washington DC Fire Dept radios12/19/2014
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http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/18760Mad River Township FD in Ohio11/29/201411/29/2014official scanner feed is explicitly provided so the public can listen
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http://forums.radioreference.com/washington-dc-radio-discussion-forum/302633-dcfd-transitioning-p25-system.htmlPlan to encrypt DCFD radios put on hold11/27/2014area fire chiefs spoke out against the plan because it compromised interops
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http://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/special/darren-wilson-s-radio-calls-show-fatal-encounter-was-brief/html_79c17aed-0dbe-514d-ba32-bad908056790.htmlScannerist 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
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http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/18763Leflore County Oklahoma - new scanner feed of Sheriff Dept from the 911 center11/21/201411/21/2014
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http://www.wired.com/2008/08/police-call-pub/1964 - Police Call started publication10/31/2014
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http://harrymarnell.net/itsnomys.htm1946 - LAPD recognized that the public was listening in to police radio broadcasts194610/31/2014
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http://www.tetra-applications.com/29324/Fuzz buster now available in Europe - to avoid speeding tickets10/29/2014encrypted TETRA is used in Europe - cannot be decoded by any scanner
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http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/news/local/2014/09/24/little-rock-stream-police-dispatches-web/16188789/Little Rock will post some CAD info - with 30 minute delay9/28/2014
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http://forums.radioreference.com/new-jersey-incidents-breaking-news/297818-kearny-pd.htmlKearny NJ PD turned off encryption9/7/2014maybe yes - maybe no - see 2/21/2015 post
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http://forums.radioreference.com/community-announcements-news/296802-lawsuit-filed-fight-encryption-ar.htmllawsuit filed against encryption - Little Rock Arkansas8/19/20148/19/2014http://forums.radioreference.com/arkansas-radio-discussion-forum/296815-ark-citizens-suing-over-radio-encryption-8.html<< updated 2/11/2016
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http://forums.radioreference.com/virginia-radio-discussion-forum/296252-encyrption-coming-central-virgnia.htmlscannerists gear up to fight encryption via political action in Central Virginia8/16/20148/16/2014
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http://www.mesquitescanner.com/posting-policies-guidelines-abbreviations/ One of our officers stated it best.. “Good people being informed can be one of our greatest allies”.7/28/2014
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http://forums.radioreference.com/georgia-radio-discussion-forum/288486-making-case-non-encryption-gwinnett-county.htmlinteresting discussion about forcing agencys to turn off encryption6/18/20146/18/2014
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http://fayetteadvocate.com/archives/16957/2014/04/25/sheriff-radio-encryption-lacks-transparency-breeds-corruption/Fayette 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
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http://forums.radioreference.com/greater-los-angeles-inland-areas-discussion/287510-huntington-beach-pd.htmlHuntington Beach CA police chief might be open to turning off encryption3/20/20143/20/2014
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http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140307/ARTICLES/140309760/1108?Title=Editorial-By-encrypting-scanner-traffic-police-take-the-people-out-of-the-loopWilmington NC police are adding encryption - the local newspaper is not happy3/7/20143/11/2014
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http://forums.radioreference.com/texas-radio-discussion-forum/285722-fort-worth-regional-p25-radio-system-encryption.htmlgreat discussion about encryption3/1/2014
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http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/01/help_fort_worth_police_catch_t.phppublic comment decrys encryption1/30/20142/27/2014
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http://columbiadailyherald.com/opinion/letters-editor/there-no-room-public-s-trust-silent-scannerssuper fine 'Letter to the Editor' against encryption - Columbia TN1/29/20141/30/2014
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http://www.thv11.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=293038Ex dispatcher fights to keep Little Rock PD comms open1/5/2014
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http://forums.radioreference.com/connecticut-radio-discussion-forum/280220-southbury-police.html#post2092449Middlebury CT PD and Southbury CT PD ordered to turn off encryption by local politicians12/23/201312/23/2013
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