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WASHINGTON – Police departments around the country are moving to shield their radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to use handheld devices to keep tabs on officers responding to crimes. The practice of encryption has become increasingly common from Florida to New York and west to California, with law enforcement officials saying they want to keep criminals from using officers' internal chatter to evade them. But journalists and neighborhood watchdogs say open communications ensure that the public receives information as quickly as possible that can be vital to their safety. D.C. police became one of the latest departments to adopt the practice this fall. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said recently that a group of burglars who police believe were following radio communications on their smartphones pulled off more than a dozen crimes before ultimately being arrested and that drug dealers fled a laundromat after a sergeant used his radio to call in other officers -- suggesting that they, too, might have been listening in. Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Originally posted by OldCorp
This whole argument is hogwash. It claims that "new technology" is enabling criminals to listen in to police frequencies so they can evade them. BULL! When I was a cub reporter one of the first tings I bought was a Radio Shack police scanner the size of a walkie-talkie. This technology has been around for THIRTY YEARS!
This is nothing more than a move by Law Enforcement to hide their activities - which should be open to the public lest we become a police state - from everyone from the crooks, to journalists, to hobbyists who listen for fun. That they would lie so blatantly just shows what I've been saying for months: TPTB don't care anymore, not even enough to concoct a plausible excuse.