Marana PD full encryption
Don't have my paperwork here but, I am quite sure Marana opted out quite a while ago on this system. My area is Tucson so I am not sure. A number of ranking officers on Tucson PD want encryption "to keep busy bodies out of police business"
I was recently in a nice dining establishent here in Tucson and there 2 very sloppy looking guys and they had some sort of scanners with the volumes just loud enough that you could hear the traffic we were unfortunate enough to be seated to close. These guys were discussing how they would handle the calls they were listening to and identifying individual officers and details about these guys. The Motorola tech I was with kept glancing over to them and chuckling. His comment was so spot on.." the reason encryption happens" These guys caught the HT's we had on us and asked what brand scanners were those. Motorola. Wow, they make scanners? Yeah, Steve answered APX 7000, About 7 thousand a piece.
Yeah, the orders have been placed and I do not know who is getting what and it isn't my concern. From this point on I just get to sit back watch and wait and see how it plays out. I know what some other agencies that work in conjunction with TPD that are retaining there exisiting systems. ( APX 7000's) I hope it all works the way they think it will.
I think Tucson Fire will be worth watching and see the coverage especially inside buildings and really hilly areas in Tucson. This has been one major long drawn out project, too many 'chiefs' who had no knowledge of what this was all about and the real complexity. A lot of money spent, a lot. And sorry to say some lives lost in the site surveys, too...........TIME WILL TELL........Deadline. I am out of it... I be's a silent watcher now. .....Fingers crossed.