Henderson Police Bullhorn Commands Coming Over Radio Channel?

Kaleier1

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I am currently listening to the Henderson Police on SNACC talk group 3601 East 1 and it is a cop telling someone to come out of the house with their hands up. It has been going on for 20 minutes. Why is this coming over the radio channel? Does the cop think he is on the PA but is actually talking over the radio? That might explain why no one is coming out of the house.
 

Kaleier1

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It's a Common police Tactic. See the Radio system Records all Radio Traffic.so officers will Key there Mic on Dispatch so the System can log. Them giving orders to the people in the house. So if SHTF the Police a Recording of it
Ah! Very interesting and now I know. Thank you.
 

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At least with Henderson PD, the primary reason they do it is officer safety, not for liability/logging. For a barricaded situation they will move one patrol vehicle up fairly close & switch it's radio to a Tac channel & set it up so the Radio is re-broadcast through the vehicle’s PA system. Then someone using their hand held on that channel from a position of cover can make the announcements and have them be nice and loud at the house in question. If/when SWAT arrives with one of their Bearcats, often a SWAT officer or CNT member inside the Bearcat will try to talk to the suspects via the Bearcat's PA system. They do often have the dispatcher log when the verbal announcements have started and they do make sure that officers elsewhere on the perimeter can hear them as part of the documentation that the announcements are being made, but most of the time it's just the on-scene commander advising Control to log that, and that they can be heard by personnel doing rear containment.
 

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The primary reason they do it is officer safety, not for liability/logging. For a barricaded situation they will move one patrol vehicle up fairly close & switch it's radio to a Tac channel & set it up so the Radio is re-broadcast through the vehicle’s PA system. Then someone using their hand held on that channel from a position of cover can make the announcements and have them be nice and loud at the house in question.
Exactly. The above is much more my experience. The radio - when connected to the PA in the car - literally is the bullhorn. It's a way to get the bullhorn even closer to the front door of the target structure than you'd want to put a person holding a conventional bullhorn. Very common.
 
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