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Tag Archive | "police radio encryption"

Could Quantum Computers Overcome the Encryption Keys that Police Use to Prevent Eavesdropping on Police Communications?

Motorola, the main supplier of encrypted radios for police departments has reported for years that it is impossible to break their 256-bit key Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) feature. Their claim is that encryption keys are very complex and can change daily. Claims are made that breaking the AES 256 code with brute force could take […]

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Wheeling Police Switch to New Encrypted Starcom21 Radio System for Police Radio Communications

Wheeling Police Department switched to an encrypted talkgroup on the Starcom21 radio system at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Previously Wheeling Police Department operated on a conventional system 800 MHz radio frequency with mobile and portable radios that could be monitored by radio scanners by media and all citizens. StarCom21 is a statewide public […]

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Some Police Departments Reversing Secret Radio Encryption Decision

Several news sources picked up a report from Associated Press on October 11, 2016 about police departments that are reversing their decision to encrypt police radio communications because some police and fire departments are bucking a trend to conceal dispatch communications from the public. They are acknowledging that radio encryption has the potential to backfire […]

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Crime Alert: If You See Something — And Can Remember — Say Something

Ben Franklin Bank robbery suspect at bank robbery on Kensington Road just north of Mariano’s Fresh Market on Thursday April 28, 2016. “If You See Something, Say Something™” … It’s a trademark of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security tells us that it takes a community to protect a […]

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CARMA: In God We Trust, All Others We Monitor

Several months ago, two journalism students from Northwestern University came to a CARMA meeting at Stevens Restaurant in Woodridge, and interviewed several participants at the meeting. CARMA (Chicago Area Radio Monitoring Association) is the largest scanner club in the USA. The club, with over 1700 members, support all facets of public safety and promotes responsible […]

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Why No AMBER Alert for Missing Arlington Heights Girl Sydney Alaya?

UPDATE: Missing 11-year-old found safe along Northwest Highway by alert citizen (See The Cardinal Missing 11-Year-Old Juvenile Found, Paramedics Checking Her Condition at Arlington Heights Police Headquarters, Arlington Heights). + + + + + The lack of an AMBER Alert for missing Arlington Heights girl Sydney Alaya has many people asking, “Why no AMBER Alert?” […]

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5 Day Old News? Ask Them Why? Why Days and Weeks and Not Minutes and Hours?

Residential burglaries and loss of valued property can range from a minor annoyance to a major loss. People have lost cameras with irreplaceable photos, laptops, big screen television, jewelry and other personal items. You might assert yourself that protecting your property is an important right, and you might believe that one of the methods of […]

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Ten Remarkable Talking Points on the 9-1-1 Calls Related to the Shooting of an Arlington Heights Police Officer

9-1-1 telephone audio of hostage incident when an Arlington Heights police officer was shot and critically injured and a female victim as held hostage by ex-boyfriend Eric Anderson. The shooting of an Arlington Heights police officer is not something any Arlington Heights residents would expect. Every police officer nationwide faces the chance that it could […]

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Houston Police Find Nearly $1M in Encrypted Police Radios at Home of Former Cy-Fair, Texas Volunteer EMT

A former CyFair (Texas) volunteer EMT is in custody, but not charged, after police raided his home near Bain Street and Front Street in Brookshire, Texas and found nearly one million dollars worth of encrypted police radios where he was also supposedly operating an ambulance service. Investigators said they believe the man got Motorola to […]

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Encrypted Police Radios Put Mount Prospect to the Public Information Test, and the Village Failed

EDITORIAL: The information and opinions that follow are NOT intended to criticize any individual police officer or public information officer that responded to incidents in Mount Prospect yesterday, but the information is intended to take a critical look at how the communications system our police chiefs have chosen in the northwest suburbs might put the […]

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Testing Chief Cathy Lanier, Washington DC MPD, Proponent of Police Radio Encryption

EDITORIAL: Washington Navy Yard and MPD Encrypted Radio Situation Helps Illustrate the Challenge of Public Safety Communications and the Public’s Safety On the surface D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier presents a reasonable-sounding argument to support the idea of police radio encryption — reasonable, if you’re not fully aware of all the methods of police communications. […]

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Twelve Homes Burglarized in 12 Days in Naperville; No Help from Secret Police Radio Dispatches in this City

Naperville police have received reports of 12 residential burglaries in 12 days — a much higher rate than the usual five residential burglaries per month. According to an ABC 7 News report, Naperville police believe there are possibly two crews working in the city — one that prefers looking for unlocked doors at night, and […]

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