Watching the local news feeds the past several weeks, I am wondering if the encryption is more to SERVE to cook the books on crime stats and has little to do with officer safety. Indep and KCK are rarely in the news. The only reports I see out of there are homicides, structure fires or the occasional car wreck that goes out over KHP. Even the morning drive zoo has been rather "slow". The homicides and assaults are probably known because they were transported to a hospital or pronounced at scene. From listening many hours per week, I would assume that the LEO working a chase like that probably consider their new fancy radios as more of a blunt object that a communicative device.