Denver Police to Encrypt Scanner Traffic
Cristal M Clark
For years people have been able to listen to scanner traffic using police scanners and now mobile app’s, likewise for many years, the individuals who listened in did not mis-use the privilege, these days that is much different story however.
Now, the Denver Police Department could encrypt its radio traffic at any time which in turn has caused quite a bit of controversy. In today’s world one really does need to play devils advocate on this one. Some in the community feel that should the Denver Police Department go through with encrypting scanner traffic; they will become less transparent and therefor less accountable.
Then you have others like myself, who feel that this should have been done a couple of years ago. Around a year or so ago, some of us were listening to the Denver Police attempt to find an armed robbery suspect on the scanner, what we learned from that was, we were not the only 5 listening to the scanner chatter, that armed suspect was possibly also listening in and skipped off happily away because he or she would have been able to know precisely where the police were looking for them.
The police later found a ditched phone that had a police scanner app on it.
In today’s world, individuals do abuse the ability to listen in on police radio traffic in an effort to commit crimes and/or elude the police. I am not really a fan of that personally.
By not encrypting the radio traffic, our officers and public are put at greater risk of being in harm’s way as well, I am even less of a fan of that.
Because some are abusing the privilege, I don’t really believe we have a right to listen in on the police scanners anymore. Does anyone recall being a kid in class, when little Johnny broke the rules, the entire class lost a privilege over it? This is the exact same concept someone breaks the rules the whole lot loses the privilege.
In short, the Denver Police Department has the Crime Shops support on this one, the world has changed and even they need to become more vigilant and aware of what is happening, and clearly, they are.
This move will better our officer’s ability to catch criminals rather than better the criminal’s ability to get away.
Cristal M Clark