San Jose Police has moved to the Silicon Valley Radio System and every channel is encrypted! It’s UHF system is no longer in use!
Are *any* cities that are on this system unencrypted?
The encryption / Mode description in the RRDB seems to be pretty accurate.
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...all have dispatch channels that are on SVRCS and are still in the clear. Some of those municipalities have additional Tac channels that may (or may not) have full time encryption. Most of the time I just listen to the system in "ID SEARCH" mode and listen to whatever comes up. I'll hold on a city or channel if there is something interesting. So I didn't notice SJPD because I wasn't actively listening for them.
Thank you, I'll try to figure out how to get that to my 536HP (I'll read up on it then ask for help if need be, but I'm guessing there are good instructions.)
If you live in an area that uses encryption and you don't like it make your voice heard. Email elected officials, attend city council meetings and speak about it during public comment, and offer other options.
Some options you can offer,
Only 'secondary' or 'tactical' channels be encrypted.
Dispatcher remains in the clear.
Radio traffic be made available online with a delay.
Talk about the interoperability issues encryption causes, most of these regional radio systems were build (and funded) so everyone can talk to everyone, is that still possible?.
It's YOUR radio system, get up and do something about it.
The issue is outside agencies often can't monitor/talk to the encrypted agency for situational awareness.Just an FYI, when SJPD or any other agency wants to do interoperability, they will use none encrypted T/Gs. So that will not win your battle.
Keep in mind as soon as officer safety is called, all bets are off. It's a job I wouldn't want.
The issue is outside agencies often can't monitor/talk to the encrypted agency for situational awareness.
So you are saying a CHP radio that is perhaps programmed with several different radio systems will have all the appropriate keys in the appropriate slots? That takes a LOT of coordination.Radios on the same system can/will have the encryption keys necessary to listen/talk to SJPD.
The nice thing about a common system like this is that encryption keys can be updated on the fly remotely, so not a big deal.
Any agency responding from outside the SVRIA system isn't going to be first in, so immediate interoperability on the SJPD talkgroups isn't an issue.
So you are saying a CHP radio that is perhaps programmed with several different radio systems will have all the appropriate keys in the appropriate slots? That takes a LOT of coordination.
Not trying to argue but I'm more talking about day to day operations. Reprogramming and/or rekeying radios would be very much doable for larger long lasting incidents, I'm more talking about being able to have situational awareness.If the CHP radios in that area are on the SVRIA system, it's likely they have the keys.
CHP has a neat little system where radios can be programmed on the fly, remotely by techs in Sacramento. We did it with an incident locally, they showed up, they connected to our WiFi and Sacramento pushed out the update. Within a few minutes, their radios were on our system.
Also, if the radios are on the system and are set up for Over The Air Rekeying (OTAR), they can receive encryption key updates.
If I were a crook with a scanner, and I heard a dispatch transmission to the address I was robbing, I'd get the heck out of there - in which case, it would increase officer safety by avoiding a confrontation, but lower the rate of solved crimes (unless I was interrupted before I got started.) So I'm not sure encryption is purely an officer safety issue. I'm all for encrypting officers executing search warrants, stateouts, and other cases where secrecy is of the essence, but I have a big problem with blanket encryption of everything.