Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard was in downtown Royal Oak this morning on a campaign stop. I asked about encryption in Oakland County. He said a new MPSCS system is being built in Oakland County and that it will be encrypted. He said that the City of Southfield will join the system as well, as currently they are the only city that broadcasts in the clear in Oakland County. He said it will take two years to complete. He said the reasoning is that criminals were monitoring their broadcasts and were using it to avoid detection while committing crimes, also organized criminals can use the scanner to know where the police are or where they are responding from, or to monitor the police to determine what tactics they will use next. He also said the fire dept's. will be encrypted because they cannot split the system for one side to be encrypted and the other to not be encrypted. He also said they do not have software to broadcast the radio traffic on a 20 minute delay.