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After police encrypt radios, City Council looks for ways to restore transparency

Original post made on Apr 6, 2021

The City Council has pushed back against the Police Department's abrupt move to encrypt all radio communications, with several members suggesting that the policy should be revised or reversed.

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2021 at 11:27 am

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Bad guys listen to police communications all the time!!! Encryption is necessary so police can safely do their jobs, and so victims' lives will not be put in danger.

Posted by Noel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 6, 2021 at 11:54 am

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Encrypt and keep a secure, de-encrupted recording. Makes no sense that criminals can listen in on police communications or that citizens may have private information broadcast on public channels.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 6, 2021 at 4:55 pm

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A reasonable compromise would be to release the communications 1-2 hours after they are recorded. Such a delay protects current operations while still providing transparency.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2021 at 5:40 pm

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

I see a couple of good suggestions for alternatives above. Send your suggestions to City Council here [email protected]

It's great when citizens offer possible solutions rather than complain. Well done.
They are looking for suggestions. Offer yours to the key decision makers...who may or may not have time to read all of these comments.

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