The War Against Scanner Encryption
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2 media sues for police records about mass shooting12/10/201712/10/2017they want documents related to the massacre to see if the police
response was "appropriate, lawful, and effective"
3 for Ventura County scannerist during wildfires12/9/201712,000 new followers >>>
4 listen to fire action - Ojai CA12/9/2017
5 OH PD turned off encryption - sorta - maybe11/25/2017
6*/ IL had a fight at a mall11/21/2017" Initial reports suggested there was gunfire at the mall, but that turned out not to be true. It’s additional proof what first is heard on a police scanner usually is wrong. "& during intense action - there can be lots of doubling and noise on the scannerwhich does not help any perp using a scanner to avoid policeperp really needs to have "scanner ears" to be successful - ie - lots of experience listening to a scannerpolice use lots of jargon and codes also
7 log - suspicious items seen in a car11/21/2017a stuffed animal and a police scannerHarrison Arkansas
8 chase leads to charges11/21/2017druggie used scanner to avoid policefor a little while
9 Dakota has a new law shielding crime victims from reporters11/21/2017 from police scanner is cited in the articlevictims names are sometimes mentioned on police radio channelsironic
10 from Anson Texas was an Everyday Hero11/21/201711/21/2017hearing of any fire on her scanner - she would phone the victims offering help"temporary" director of Meals on Wheels from 1985 to 2017died at 89Good Samaritan
11 costs either $0 or $850 per radio11/16/2017free low tier vs expensive high tier
12 against encryption in Knox County Tennessee11/11/2017
13 anti encryption comments here11/4/2017
14 at Orange County CA brushfire10/24/2017first public comment - radio tapes show multiple FD problems
15 shooter is Las Vegas kills 5810/1/201710/5/2017(see Post 27) [???]<< see post 44 - valuable info sent by scannerist to scene<< page 2 of thread
16 will solve all crime related problems in the world - sarcasm maximus9/15/2017
17 SC PD took 45 minutes to tweet about an active shooter8/26/2017 calls received at 1217 PMtweet went out at 101 PM
18 County PA - police will be going encrypted8/25/2017maybe the reason is to hide crimes from tourists
19 DOD implicity supports openness9/11/20018/23/20171 minute video from US Dept of defensecontains Arlington VA fire dept radio comms during Pentagon attack that killed 184also contains some internal FAA air traffic control comms
20 police radios have been in the clear for close to 90 years8/15/2017
21 police radio tapes are maliciously edited8/15/2017
22 saves drowning woman - Duluth MN8/15/2017
23 channels keep cops honest8/10/2017per Sheriff of Polk County FL
24 avoided shooter8/10/2017
25 Nebraska - editorial against encryption8/8/20178/10/2017
26 comments about encryption and transparency8/9/2017
27 Texas PD turned off encryption April 20174/23/2017Conroe TX PD turned on encryption Jan 2016
28 Collins Colorado Police Chief Resigns4/18/2017cop batters girl - police chief resignsencryption used since 2014cause and effect?
29 admits error re photographs4/13/2017related to the openness issueit is not illegal to take photos in public
30 OH blocks watch groups vs encryption4/6/20174/10/2017"(the police) are going to lose a lot of eyes"
31 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
32 Canada - legit media can get police radios3/23/2017I need to reread this sometime and clarify the info
33*/ MA - scannerists lead cops to shooter3/17/20173/23/2017the scannerists used a scanner app
34 Ross FD in California has been recommending that everyone buy a scanner since at least Oct 20113/1/2017
35 catch armed perp - Suffolk County NY2/25/2017
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
37 Haute case will be / would have been a slam dunk for Broadcastify1/30/2017
38 City tracked down cops who were giving tips to the news media1/30/2017Hamilton Ontario Fire Chief used to give radios to news media
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 Iraq<<< US targeting scheme released
off duty cop kills Russian Ambassador in Ankara Turkey12/19/201612/21/2016terror attack by Muslim
41 PD stops TV show12/19/2016radios are fully encrypted
42,000 dead in Mexico's 10 year war on drugs12/11/2016when local police are corrupt - the murder rate soars
43 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
44 TN turns off encryption12/1/2016 yes - maybe no
45 River MA - Facebook page by scannerists has 12,000 followers11/19/2016
46 FL FD turned off encryption January 20161/13/201610/16/2016
47 Police Departments Look to Tune Public Out11/20/20118/15/2017by Eric Tucker of Associated Press
48 news article about encryption of police radios10/11/201610/12/2016 url is no good - 8/15/2017
49 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
50 GA will not turn on encryption per letter from mayor to scannerist10/5/2016
51 of official live scanner audio feeds12/2/2016
52 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
54 / tow truck driver busts drunk driver who hit Phiily sergeant8/25/20169/5/2016
55 County Georgia turns off encryption7/26/20167/29/2016Radio Shack selling digital scanners like hot cakespassionate people love scanners
56 filmed police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge7/12/2016members of an anti violence group
57 vs videos - very dark info about deception7/11/2016openness - becoming more critical by the second
58 of passes away due to colon cancer7/11/2016
59 a corrupt wannabe Sheriff cause encryption in Orange County CA?6/28/2016they activated encryption in 2000
60 advocacy group gets ahold of Orange County CA Sheriff Comms HandbookDec 2014 ish6/28/2016<< the comm manual
61 of info about encryption in Florida6/28/2016encryption is unAmerican
62 IL is going encrypted6/28/2016the public could refuse to pay for encryption
63 discussion about encryption in Georgia6/14/2016
64 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
65 CA FD scanner feed6/2/2016will be linked to PulsePoint app
66 Antonio AirLife turns off encryption6/1/2016
67 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 - >>
68 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
69 Rosa County FL Sheriff was scheduled to go encrypted in Jan 2016 per 2014 info1/1/20141/31/2016
70 Texas turned on encryption in May 20145/1/20141/31/2016police complained about social media use at hostage situation after encryption was turned on
71 used scanner app to respond to terror attack1/26/20161/29/2016San Bernardino CA
72 TX will never go fully encrypted1/28/20161/28/2016per radio system manager
73 CT FD will turn off encryption12/15/20151/27/2016also Bridgeport CT FD will only encrypt 1 channel
74 FL FD turned off encryption1/13/20161/14/2016they also have a new scanner feed at broadcastify
75 MI - crime down 13% - Police Chief praises scannerists1/7/20161/11/2016
76 police want to inspect all documents before publication on the Internet5/13/20155/13/2015
77 Obama blasted over secrecy by Senator Boxer5/13/20155/13/2015
78 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
80 Maine PD apparently turned off their encryption per this scanner feed5/2/2015encryption was on 9/26/2014 per this same URL
81 newspaper calls on police to de-encrypt4/25/20154/26/2015Arnold PA area
82 Spokane and New Orleans have turned off encryption due to public pressure4/24/2015this discussion focuses on the corrupt Miami Gardens FL PD
83 about lazy scannerists in Gwinett County Georgia4/13/2015few scannerists are raising their voices against encryption of fire radio traffic
84 to "scan4good" list - early 20003/2/2015
85 NJ PD turned off encryption - briefly2/21/2015
86 CT PD turns on encryption2/19/2015very nice article presents the pro and cons of encryption for local policeCT activists speak out against encryption
87 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)
88 AZ PD might turn off encryption - because they have a new Police Chief2/15/2015
89 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
92 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
93 about Boston Police radio broadcast regarding Santa Claus12/25/201412/26/2014IMHO the news media could include police radio clips with every crime story
94 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?
95 County South Carolina Sheriff puts scanner feed online12/24/2014
96 County Georgia Fire Department was encrypted in 200812/24/2014but they saw the error of their ways
97 fire service journalist speaks out against encryption of Washington DC Fire Dept radios12/19/2014
98 River Township FD in Ohio11/29/201411/29/2014official scanner feed is explicitly provided so the public can listen
99 to encrypt DCFD radios put on hold11/27/2014area fire chiefs spoke out against the plan because it compromised interops
100 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