Originally Posted by phyberoptics
The media is bombarding @PeelPoliceMedia with requests/demands to stay in the clear. It seems they are listening, and these messages are going right to Chief Evans.
It won't take a few tweets from reporters to change anybody at PRP's mind.
As someone who has listened to PRP for years both personally and professionally, I'll be sad to see it go -- but be assured .. .it WILL be happening.
Some police departments issue radios to accredited newsrooms. When I worked at CTV in Saskatchewan, we had an XTS5K that Regina Police issued us to listen in on their encrypted system. The Calgary Sun has several company-owned & police-programmed XTS3Ks in their newsroom (Calgary Police is P25, but still in the clear)
If the PRP is truly interested in transparency, I see them taking the "buy an approved radio and we'll program it for you" option for (accredited) newsrooms, instead of just eschewing encryption.
All this means is that news organizations may be allowed to keep listening, but it's still going to be the end of the road for the casual listener.