Tag: police

Law enforcement radio encryption draws backlash (Washington)

Pushback from the public regarding the encryption of law enforcement radio traffic has led to discussions about the decision, though it’s not likely that those channels will go back to being clear any time soon. Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency completed a switch to an all-digital radio system in June, which among other things involved […]

Communications — what was good, what isn’t (Pennsylvania)

Sometime in 1936, a person (or a family) likely somewhere in this area went to the local appliance store and bought a floor model Sears Roebuck, Chicago IL, Silvertone console radio. It’s a 10-tube model, the kind of radio that was the centerpiece of most Depression-era living rooms. I don’t know how many owners it […]

Cops Catch Police-Impersonating Robbers And Suspect Who Yodeled, Made Death Threats On Police Radio

For most of September, police have been on the lookout for two men who were impersonating police officers to pull over drivers and rob them. And in August, in a seemingly unrelated case, the NYPD began searching for someone who was yodeling and making prank calls and death threats over their radio frequency. Today investigators […]

Registered sex offender charged with impersonating state trooper at Plainville store (Connecticut)

[QRZ lists an Eric Doody of Marlborough, CT with a callsign of N1YAO, using a PO Box address] A registered sex offender faces charges after police said he impersonated a state police trooper at Lowe’s on Wednesday. Eric Doody, 38, of 419 Columbus Blvd., New Britain, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with impersonating an officer […]

Threats Over Police Radios Have Officers and Scanner Buffs on the Case (New York)

A male voice came over the police radio, speaking in standard departmental jargon as he asked to be patched through to the duty captain in the Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan on July 30. The captain responded. “South captain, remember how you put me in jail?” the man on the radio asked. “I am out […]

They’re listening: What cops need to know about criminals on police frequencies

A sharp young officer in my state recently noticed a hand-held radio on the seat of a car he had stopped, and it seemed to be monitoring police radio traffic. The driver claimed it was a “scanner” as he handed it over, but the officer suspected otherwise. Hearing his own channel coming from the speaker, […]

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