Team at Zip Scanners have explained the debate on encryption:
Police can encrypt their radio communication so their conversations cannot be monitored by outsiders.
This affects citizens directly & indirectly including those that use police scanner radios to monitor broadcasts including the media, amateur radio hobbyists, citizens, & anyone who uses a scanner to hear what’s going on in their area in real time.
Encryption of public airwaves by the government is a highly debated issued in the US & most states have some form of encryption.
- In Hawaii, police departments have few channels that encrypted and are specifically assigned to teams or divisions that handle sensitive information during critical incidents that could jeopardize. Do we feel departments may switch to full encryption, most likely not anytime soon.
We would like to know your thoughts about agencies encrypting their radio systems?