ENCRYPTION FOR SIOUX FALLS AND RAPID CITY

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Law enforcement radio communications will soon be encrypted in South Dakota’s two biggest communities.

The Sioux Falls Police Department, Rapid City Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office jointly announced Friday the public will not be able to listen to their radio communication beginning Monday, November 13. Authorities cited officer safety as well as consideration for victims and witnesses when announcing the change.

“We have had numerous situations just recently where we are catching people engaged in criminal activity who are listening to our scanners either in their earbuds or in their phone app,” Sioux Falls Police Chief Jon Thum said.

Thum, Rapid City Chief of Police Don Hedrick, Pennington County Sheriff Brian Mueller and Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead all shared their thoughts at a news conference Friday.

KELOLAND News will have much more from them Friday night at 10 Central time.
 
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I strongly urge citizens to try to get them to do delayed feeds as does Lincoln Ne, and Omaha, Ne., and others. Thanks for the time.
 

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I strongly urge citizens to try to get them to do delayed feeds as does Lincoln Ne, and Omaha, Ne., and others. Thanks for the time.

Interesting thought, but privacy of victims/witnesses is one of the reasons they're encrypting, and delaying transmission wouldn't address that concern.
 

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Not saying it's fact until/unless it happens, but I've now heard from two sources that RC and SF area fire (and EMS?) will encrypt also.
 

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EMS and Fire in Rapid City and Pennington County will not be encrypted. Sioux Falls Fire, Minnehaha Co Fire, and Patient Care EMS will be encrypted sometime this year.
What exactly is the reasons given for encrypting fire and ems?
 

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Interesting thought, but privacy of victims/witnesses is one of the reasons they're encrypting, and delaying transmission wouldn't address that concern.
If that were an actual concern fire, EMS, and hospital call in channels would also be encrypted but rarely are
 

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If that were an actual concern fire, EMS, and hospital call in channels would also be encrypted but rarely are
This is actually the hardest issue to accomplish. SF is a large hospital receiving EMS transfers from the tri state area, and all of South Dakota. To encrypt their EMS to Hospital channel would mean that every service that currently uses the digital system to call EMS report would then have to encrypt each of the radios of $1000-$1500, per ambulance. Small, rural services can’t afford that cost. This is why many EMS to Hospital talk groups across the country are not encrypted.
 

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If that were an actual concern fire, EMS, and hospital call in channels would also be encrypted but rarely are
Here in South Australia our Ambulance service and Hospitals went to encryption on the SA-GRN in November 2014 after being fully open analogue since 2000 the main reasons were

*Nature of incidents crews attend including major accidents, medical incidents where partial amputations have occurred, calls where DOA's have occurred

* Sensitive information including patients name, age and other details being heard when an ambulance did a call-in to the local Hospital on their allocated talk group

* Sensitive information being announced when an ambulance crew is dispatched to a call

As for our volunteer and professional fire services when then mention of encryption was heard it resulted in massive backlash from not only the general public including business owners and farmers but also volunteers and paid fire fighters
 
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