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Police scanners have gone silent in Denver, but will the public suffer as a consequence?

DENVER — Last month, the Denver Police Department joined dozens of other agencies around Colorado and across the country when it encrypted its radios, blocking the public from being able to listen in on all communications.

In the past, agencies only encrypted tactical channels used to relay strategic information to officers and others. However, as DPD’s radio equipment began to age and with rise of new technology, the department decided to upgrade.

After the new communications system was put in, the department made the move to encrypt the scanners as well. (Read more here…)