This is an officer safety issue. There have been multiple attacks on offices due to people listening to scanners. The choice to go to Project 25 with DES-XL encryption was not one that was done on a whim. This was a long, calculated move, to protect Burlington's police force.
The Seven Days article is nothing but sensationalism media. .
Officers in Burlington and South Burlington have been attacked by "thugs" with scanners before the changes took place. Leaving the main "broadcast channel" as it was called clear-analog wouldn't have increased officer safety. An officer isn't going to switch channels to get additional details in the heat of the moment. If he's under fire, or being attacked, he should be able to get that information out immediately, with the ability for his communication to be safe from other "thugs" listening to a handheld scanner down the street waiting for the right moment.
I'm sorry, but the news media doesn't need to listen to every police event and then go there to get film rolling. I've seen many news crews escorted away from scenes that weren't completely safe, or get in the way because they've just "had to have a shot". I'm sorry, but it's a necessary evil. For an incident of any significance, the police, fire, or other agency will put out a press release to all news agencies that cover the area. Listening to scanners for breaking news is a thing of the passed.
A recent even where a local to Burlington news crew decided it would be okay to enter and film the premises after a fire occurred, once local responders had left. The building mentioned had severely damaging structural deficiencies as a result of a fire that grew without early notification. A portion of the interior of the building had collapsed, and firefighters were pulled out from that section. The news crew openly walked in there to get additional film. Openly with them was a scanner. A great example of why they do not need to listen to everything that happens.
Any incident that is of significant public safety will be followed with a press conference and a press release as appropriate. If something is so significant that it requires mass notification, the media will be alerted through conventional means outside of the police department or fire department radios.
Listening to scanner traffic is not a right, it is a privilege. A privilege that gentlemen like Jim Lawrence take for granted. Jim's a great guy, I know him personally, but with that said, the only outcry about going digital with encryption would have been from the people who use scanners for their own gain in some form or another. Whether it be radio enthusiasts, or news media.
Nice response.I think the username says it all.
Your initial post basically said that just in different words.If I was trolling, I would have simply said "Screw the scanner people, you don't need to listen to us" . .
For the gentleman that posted whom is involved in law enforcement, if your department had seen an increase of criminals using scanners or other communications tools to aid their crimes, you wouldn't look for a way to protect your own internal communications? Multiple officers in Burlington were attacked with the aid of scanners. "Booby traps" if you will. You don't see ANY increased safety with their solution?
To the Internet you must be new, padawan. Yes, trolls do create usernames for that purpose. They get their responses, and thus their jollies, anyway.Furthermore, if I was "Trolling", don't you think I would have had a username that was created specifically just to piss you off? C'mon, cut me a break, this is ridiculous.
What incidents? Where is your documentation? I am a researcher and scholar. I know for a fact that nobody has published any proof of this claim beyond anecdotes.Incidents in Burlington and South Burlington have occurred that pushed the need for secure communications.