Albuquerque Police Impersonator uses radio

William2910

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A police officer noticed a traffic stop in Albuquerque so he decided to stop and see what was going on. To his surprise the individual was not a officer and outfitted his personal vehicle with emergency lights and a two way radio along with a older BCSO badge.

Considering the talks before I'm sure this will weigh heavy later on with future system planning.

 
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Another feather in cap to the Police Department to Encrypt. But they are doing it anyways.
 

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Another feather in cap to the Police Department to Encrypt. But they are doing it anyways.
It doesn’t appear that he actually used it, but he had a police radio. Encryption won’t stop that.
 

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It doesn't matter if he used it or not. He was in his possession and it gives the department more of a stand when this incident hits the news and the media. All it takes is one or two incidents of some wack tard to do crap like this and its over with. But the evolution of technology is going to lock things down anyways either if this incident happened or not. Albuquerque is a HOT bed for a lot of crime anyways.

It will all go as the saying goes "Officer Safety"
 

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He was in his possession and it gives the department more of a stand when this incident hits the news and the media. All it takes is one or two incidents of some wack tard to do crap like this and its over with.
How will encryption change anything when he’s in possession of a radio capable of receiving the transmissions? Adding a padlock to your garage doesn’t stop someone when the key from opening it.
 

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How will encryption change anything when he’s in possession of a radio capable of receiving the transmissions? Adding a padlock to your garage doesn’t stop someone when the key from opening it.
If they encrypt, he won't have the key.

But it won't stop people like this guy from pretending to be a cop, radio or not. The radio is just one of their props. Doesn't really matter if it works or not.
 

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If they encrypt, he won't have the key.
He was in possession of a police radio. He would have the key if he had a police radio with the key. What’s crazy is none of this has anything to do with any other type or radio, nothing to do with scanners, and in no way prevented by encrypting otherwise public operations.

But it won't stop people like this guy from pretending to be a cop, radio or not. The radio is just one of their props. Doesn't really matter if it works or not.
Exactly!
 

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He most likely had a LPE200 or variety which is passive on the edacs.

Not stolen. Not found.

The badge was defunct and older type.

All easily found on fleabay minus the badge which defuncts pop up time to time.
 
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He was in possession of a police radio. He would have the key if he had a police radio with the key. What’s crazy is none of this has anything to do with any other type or radio, nothing to do with scanners, and in no way prevented by encrypting otherwise public operations.
The system manager could do an Over The Air Rekey of all the radios except this one. (OTAR). That's exactly what it's for. If it's suspected that a radio has been lost or stolen, doing a rekey to known radios will fix the issue.

Radio system management requires proper tracking of all your radios. If one goes missing/stolen, then that should be acted upon. Unfortunately not many agencies fully understand this, or fail to properly implement it.
 

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the reason for the "valid stop".
i remember years ago about a story that went like this.
some kid, 19 or 20, put on a uniform and issued "tickets"
the people that went to pay said ticket were told it was not a valid ticket.
they said they did not care, and that they were guilty and wanted to pay the fine.
they stated they the "cop" was a fine young man and very courteous.
no word on if the real cops took any money...
 

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What’s crazy is none of this has anything to do with any other type or radio, nothing to do with scanners, and in no way prevented by encrypting otherwise public operations.
 

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Once again, the "Know it all's" on this site have thrown in their two cents (where it's not needed) about encryption and began an argument about it. I believe it's posted "ON THE FRONT PAGE" to not moan and complain about this topic (The Official Thread: Live audio feeds, scanners, and... wait for it.. ENCRYPTION! ). The exhausted rants and raves about this topic and about many others makes it less enjoyable and harder to search for legitimate topics when "Know it all's" troll the New Posts pages looking to add their opinions about every little thing. Really, if you have nothing better to do in your old age, it might be time to find another hobby. Just saying...
 
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Difference is, I live here Mr. Dallas Texas
I’m not sure where you live has anything to do with 1) whether this sort of thing has any implications for moving to encryption nor 2) whether encryption in any way stops someone who has managed to get their hands on a radio with the keys.
 
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