This was posted publicly just today by Stone County Sheriff’s office:
“Over the last several days, the Stone County Sheriff’s Office has switched over to a new Digital Radio System. In 2019, after years of negotiating with vendors, the Stone County Commission agreed to purchase a new radio system for the Sheriff’s Office.
The old system we were using had radios anywhere from 10 to 25 yrs old and they were unreliable in numerous spots in the county. The new system is a digital system which no longer utilizes the old analog system.
The new system will allow the Sheriffs Office to communicate with the surrounding counties and with the State Patrol, something we had not been able to effectively do for several years. The system is based on the MOSWIN Radio System utilized by the Missouri State Patrol. We are now utilizing in car repeater systems so communication with the Deputies while on scene is a lot more reliable, and the Deputies, along with the citizens they are out with, are much safer when they can communicate clearly with our 911 Dispatch Center.
Even though you cannot hear the Deputies on the scanners anymore, rest assured we are still out there daily taking care of calls in the County and protecting our Citizens.“
“Yes, we do have the encrypted option on the radios. We have instructed the Deputies that encryption should only be used for radio sensitive calls or operations. Day to day transmissions and calls for service are not to be encrypted.”
Thanks for posting. We travel through Stone County several times a year, and it sounds like I can now remove all the old analog stuff from the favorites lists in my scanners. Also good to hear that they made the correct decision concerning encryption.
Forum users within receiving range of Stone County Sheriff may want to tune in at 8:00am. At that time, a broadcast is put out which contains: Current Officer Safety Issues, Attempts to Locate, BOLOS, etc. - For Stone County, and surrounding Counties/Towns/Local PDs.
Stone County Sheriff's Operations are really impressive.
Duly noted, and appreciate your concern. Anyone who thinks astute Federal, State, and Local Officials (In particular Comm.Directors) don't cruise these forums for Intel - would be sadly mistaken... Posted (after careful consideration) because it's publicly available on free airwaves for anyone with a scanner. If SCS wanted it kept private - they have the capabilities to do it.
Absolutely they do and should make attempts to keep certain items within the department. It is always nice to hear things though that will help us stay safe in our homes and neighborhoods. That's why enc should only be used when absolutely needed. In my opinion of course.
Yeah good point Arkmood. Sometimes I hear dispatch and not the person they are talking to, which sounds like what you just said. There were some gunshots heard in my neighborhood a few weekends ago around 3AM that woke me up. I then hit record on my scanner and went back to sleep. I reviewed the recordings the next morning and only less than 10 transmissions were recorded and they were after the sun came up. Total encryption.