No. Shutting down a repeater would affect system capacity and other potentially other users like the FD. But they have mobile phones and handheld alphanumeric devices if they want to use them. This is not really about infosec. This is about appeasing the police union and control of the message / avoiding embarrassment by department leadership.With cell phones and the already encrypted talk channels available, there is no need for 100% encryption. By the way, I'm retired from BCPD. Due to my prior position, I had the luxury of having the dispatcher shut off the repeater when I had certain info I didn't want other police or media to hear. We were on the 450 band at that time. Can they do that now with a trunked system?
Our local police used to do that as well. All it accomplished was to keep other offers from listening. The rest of us just tuned to the input of the repeater and listened in.I had the luxury of having the dispatcher shut off the repeater when I had certain info I didn't want other police or media to hear.
Probably not since this has been in the works for quite a while as part of their system refresh (replacing subscribers, etc.)This probably has nothing to do with it..
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