Here are a few reasons, for starters. Organize or word them to your liking.Was just curious. When did Gwinnett County Police go encrypted? Was there any debate, conversation, or concern brought up by Gwinnett Citizens at any commission meetings?
Can anyone point to an instance where citizens convinced their local government to un-encrypt, at a minimum, the dispatch channels?
If one were to speak at a commission meeting for non-encryption what would be some good reasons to present for not encrypting?
Thanks in advance for any information.
- A security system (encrypted radio) is only as strong as it’s weakest link. A crypto radio system has many that analog or standard P25 do not have.
- Numerous dead zones, more so than analog or straight P25.
- Higher probability of single radio or total system failure.
- Large scale key administration is difficult, has vulnerabilities, and is susceptible to error.
- A crypto radio system is not fully secure because it can be still be overheard by bystanders and or criminals in the vicinity.
- Dirty or money-desperate cops who compromise and give out cryptographic keys or entire radios, such as in exchange for money or to organized crime.
- Police error. Transmitting in the clear when they believe they are encrypted.
- False sense of security. Any system can always be hacked or compromised. Since the information going over an encrypted system will be of a more sensitive nature, it can greatly compromise the privacy and safety of average citizens.
- Encrypting the radios is likely to increase the already festering mistrust of police officers by average citizens.
- Lack of real-time awareness of police operations is the introduction of more corruption into the police department. Cover-ups, framing, bribes, police brutality etc.
- It's easier for police departments to hide errors in procedures or operational deficiencies.
- In extreme situations, real time information is absolutely crucial in saving lives. Police and fire scanners are very important for obtaining real time information in situations when hostile threats, mass crime sprees (shootings), hazardous materials, flooding, power outages and storm damage and other threats needs to be known immediately.
- So-called "terrorists" could quickly and easily learn to take advantage of vulnerabilities created by encrypted public safety radio systems with their lack of real-time awareness of media and the public, putting the public at much greater risk.
- Encrypted radios cutoff assistance from citizens and off-duty public safety personnel.