The War Against Scanner Encryption
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2 police want to inspect all documents before publication on the Internet5/13/20155/13/2015
3 Obama blasted over secrecy by Senator Boxer5/13/20155/13/2015
4 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
6 Maine PD apparently turned off their encryption per this scanner feed5/2/2015encryption was on 9/26/2014 per this same URL
7 newspaper calls on police to de-encrypt4/25/20154/26/2015Arnold PA area
8 Spokane and New Orleans have turned off encryption due to public pressure4/24/2015this discussion focuses on the corrupt Miami Gardens FL PD
9 about lazy scannerists in Gwinett County Georgia4/13/2015few scannerists are raising their voices against encryption of fire radio traffic
10 to "scan4good" list - early 20003/2/2015
11 NJ PD turned off encryption - briefly2/21/2015
12 CT PD turns on encryption2/19/2015very nice article presents the pro and cons of encryption for local policeCT activists speak out against encryption
13 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)
14 AZ PD might turn off encryption - because they have a new Police Chief2/15/2015
15 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
18 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
19 about Boston Police radio broadcast regarding Santa Claus12/25/201412/26/2014IMHO the news media could include police radio clips with every crime story
20 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?
21 County South Carolina Sheriff puts scanner feed online12/24/2014
22 County Georgia Fire Department was encrypted in 200812/24/2014but they saw the error of their ways
23 fire service journalist speaks out against encryption of Washington DC Fire Dept radios12/19/2014
24 River Township FD in Ohio11/29/201411/29/2014official scanner feed is explicitly provided so the public can listen
25 to encrypt DCFD radios put on hold11/27/2014area fire chiefs spoke out against the plan because it compromised interops
26 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
27 County Oklahoma - new scanner feed of Sheriff Dept from the 911 center11/21/201411/21/2014
28 - Police Call started publication10/31/2014
29 - LAPD recognized that the public was listening in to police radio broadcasts194610/31/2014
30 buster now available in Europe - to avoid speeding tickets10/29/2014encrypted TETRA is used in Europe - cannot be decoded by any scanner
31 Rock will post some CAD info - with 30 minute delay9/28/2014
32 NJ PD turned off encryption9/7/2014maybe yes - maybe no - see 2/21/2015 post
33 filed against encryption - Little Rock Arkansas8/19/20148/19/2014
34 gear up to fight encryption via political action in Central Virginia8/16/20148/16/2014
35 One of our officers stated it best.. “Good people being informed can be one of our greatest allies”.7/28/2014
36 discussion about forcing agencys to turn off encryption6/18/20146/18/2014
37 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
38 Beach CA police chief might be open to turning off encryption3/20/20143/20/2014
39 NC police are adding encryption - the local newspaper is not happy3/7/20143/11/2014
40 discussion about encryption3/1/2014
41 comment decrys encryption1/30/20142/27/2014
42 fine 'Letter to the Editor' against encryption - Columbia TN1/29/20141/30/2014
43 dispatcher fights to keep Little Rock PD comms open1/5/2014
44 CT PD and Southbury CT PD ordered to turn off encryption by local politicians12/23/201312/23/2013
45 cuts access to police blotters12/9/2013encryption of radios mentioned in public comments
46 Texas may have turned off encryption due to interops concerns11/17/201311/17/2013maybe not - 11/18/2013
47 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
48 games in 1980s using encrypted radios almost caused nuclear war11/2/2013
49 discussion about operational aspects of police radio encryption1/18/201310/19/2013P25 weaknesses disected
50 of 5 St Marys County MD County Commissioners have spoken against encryption9/24/20139/24/2013
51 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
52 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
53 Marys County Maryland - scannerists get hearing from county commisioners9/7/20139/10/2013
54 article chronicles use of technology by police to limit civil liberties8/26/20139/10/2013
55 media from Portland Oregon calls for public discussion of encryption8/23/20139/10/2013
56"Keep Lines of Communications Open" - Illinois news media suggests that encryption be banned except in limited circumstances8/7/20139/10/2013
57"Can Encryption Barrier Be Cracked?" - Illinois news media laments encryption of police radios8/14/20139/10/2013
58 wonderful Letter to the Editor decries encryption - Saint Marys County Maryland8/16/20139/10/2013
59 article in Popular Science with articulate public comments
heralding openness
60 media lawyer troubled by encryption8/7/20139/10/2013
61"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
62 is not for everyone per police radio experts7/18/20139/10/2013
63 CT used encryption until complaints were received10/26/20129/10/2013
64 NV Police tuned off encryption in 20126/17/20129/10/2013
65 TN dropped encryption due to key failures9/10/2013
66 AZ PD tuned encryption back on due to news media blunder3/23/20139/10/2013
67 AZ PD turned off encryption when media complained in ?20079/10/2013
68 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?
69 TX makes special provisions for hobbyists and tow truck drivers etc8/18/20139/10/2013
70 Collins CO news media given police radio3/31/20139/10/2013
71 MA - PD offers scanner app4/9/20139/10/2013
?Santa Cruz CA PD offers scanner app to public?9/10/2013
73 Ontario FD turned off encryption3/1/20139/10/2013
74 Orleans news room has radio provided by Jefferson Parish Sheriff3/7/20139/10/2013
75 Orleans Police will not encrypt radios after pushback1/6/20139/10/2013
76 Ref stopped issuing API keys in 20109/10/2013I guess this means that no new scanner apps have been carrying Radio Ref feeds since 2010This can counter the argument that Radio Ref is promoting criminals to use scanner apps I guess
77 CT PD - was fully encrypted - [ as of Nov 2013, dispatcher is clear ]11/20136/19/2014