Absolutely! Spot on.Internet streaming is, or at least should be irrelevant. The ability for the general public to listen to routine police dispatch traffic in their community is a vital component of police transparency and police/public relations. This is about more than scanning as a "hobby", there are political implications for this, and as the constituency, we need to be lobbying for this in the name of law enforcement transparency, not as hobbyists.
This is indeed the main public safety radio system in Portland. For PPB, the normal dispatch talkgroups have not actually become encrypted, but rather they are now going unused, and the already-encrypted/previously-rarely-used "TAC 1" talkgroups are now being used for all routine dispatch traffic.I am rather intrigued. I wanted to see how open the communications were in the Portland area. Is this the radio system with all of the encryption on it? If so, has it been updated. The saturation of encryption for some cities in Texas disallows dispatch talk groups being in the clear (Fort Worth). Portland Trunking System, Portland, Oregon - Scanner Frequencies
The PPB's "Rapid Response Team" or RRT (aka "riot police") have talkgroup 473 allocated to their activities, which is already encrypted, and was actually already in use for protest-response purposes before the switch to Tac 1 occurred. The use of encryption during specific incidents is one thing, but what we've observed is the transition of ALL routine dispatch traffic in all 3 precincts being moved to an encrypted TG in the wake of the protests... I'd find it hard to justify why a routine call in deep SE portland would need to be encrypted because of what's going on downtown.The biggest reason, PPB is on encrypted Tac 1 talkgroups, is to keep the trash that is ruining the city from hearing what they are doing. Sad as it may be i understand there reason. If those people that are trashing the city heard PPB calls they be there trying to hurt officers.
Sorry, encryption was planned a long time ago and has been delayed due to BTS staffing but for all intent it’s here to stay.The biggest reason, PPB is on encrypted Tac 1 talkgroups, is to keep the trash that is ruining the city from hearing what they are doing. Sad as it may be i understand there reason. If those people that are trashing the city heard PPB calls they be there trying to hurt officers.
Unfortunately it doesn't appear that you have paid attention to the nuance of my statements.With all the stuff going on with police, makes more sense why they moved over to encryption. Like i said its very sad they did, but command staff want there officers safe and to go home at end of there shifts. If you can't understand that, then maybe a new hobby is in order.