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What is the likelihood Kent County goes with encryption this fall? Has anyone heard what the plan will be?
 

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Cost is really a non factor anymore. ADP encryption is either free or next to nothing, and new radios are now required to have at least single key AES included. Sure there would be a bit of setup cost, but beyond that it's not like the old days. Unless you need multikey encryption, then they ding you pretty hard per radio.
 

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If I remember reading correctly from the kent911 website, Grand Rapids PD was going to be fully encrypted and county sheriff was going to be encrypted except dispatch channels? Otherwise I believe fire and ems will be open. Obviously this could have changed by now.
 

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That was a hold up for a bit, while they wanted to know if they had to purchase dispatch consoles for the city or not. I'm pretty sure they are still going to be separate from Kent county and they will be on the digital system.
 

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I wasn't aware GRPD was going to be a part of this since they turned down being a part of the centralized dispatch a while back unless that has changed.
Kent County and GRPD are maintaining separate dispatch centers with complete fail over capabilities, as currently exists. GRPD and GRFD will be making the transition to the Simulcast System with the existing channel/dispatch structure staying similar. Most hospitals already had digital radio capabilities. Ambulance services made the transition on their own. A full list of agencies (likely outdated) can be found in this document: https://www.kent911.org/wp-content/...ads/2019/05/2019-05-28-APB-Meeting-Agenda.pdf
 

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What is the likelihood Kent County goes with encryption this fall? Has anyone heard what the plan will be?
I thought that I had read recently (wish I had saved the article) that an indefinite hold had been placed on any new encryption. This was due I believe to inseparability issues. Does anyone else remember anything about this? I will look around and see if I can find that source which I will post here.
 

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Thank you for finding and posting this. This is what I was speaking of.
 

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Thats true I remember seeing that. Not sure if it matters though or not but the encryption was planned maybe even programmed, before this date. But nonetheless there will be encrypted talkgroups as soon as encryption is available again if it is not already. Once testing is finished this week we may see more information become available on the Kent Simulcast.
 

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From talking with the Sheriff and Kent County Dispatch Manager, Kent county unfortunately will be going encrypted with the switch over to MPSCS.
 

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the Kent County sheriff will be encrypted or the whole county including police, fire and ems?
From my understanding it will be all agencies in the county (Dispatch by KCSO) will be encrypted. I have also heard GR will be encrypting PD and FD. Private EMS will be up to them.
 

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Genesee County did the same thing, put to vote a proposal for a 911 surcharge which passed then used the money for encryption. Which is why I will always vote “No” on any future similar proposal.
 
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