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Senate bill to limit police encryption scores another victory

Original post made on May 20, 2022

State Sen. Josh Becker's proposal to require police departments to find alternatives to radio encryption took another major step forward Thursday when the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to advance the bill.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 20, 2022, 10:57 AM

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Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2022 at 10:14 pm

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Very good news.
Thank you Sen Becker for this Bill.
Assemblyman Burman - this deserves your YES vote.


Posted by Ryan Kilpatrick
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 21, 2022 at 12:31 pm

Ryan Kilpatrick is a registered user.

The police union & its lobbying efforts will challenge this proposed measure.

"While Becker's bill had initially set a Jan. 1, 2023 deadline for establishing the new policy and reopening radio communication, SB 1000 has since been amended to give them an extra year. The bill that advanced out of committee on Thursday has a Jan. 1, 2024 deadline for compliance.'

This extended deadline is merely a compromised delay tactic on the part of Republican lawmakers.


Posted by Burke Longley
a resident of Los Altos
on May 22, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Burke Longley is a registered user.

OK. So two more years of police communication encryption pending another legislative review two years further down the road with no assurances of repeal.

Some call this progress.


Posted by Erica Decker
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 23, 2022 at 9:05 am

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Some people enjoy listening to police scanners as a pastime and they should not be deprived of such a simple pleasure.

The PAPD always has the option to use a private and separate channel for sensitive radio communications.


Posted by Chase Willingham
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 23, 2022 at 10:13 am

Chase Willingham is a registered user.

Total transparency implies that there is nothing to hide.

Encryption implies otherwise.


Posted by Sharon Johnson
a resident of Barron Park
on May 23, 2022 at 3:01 pm

Sharon Johnson is a registered user.

A volunteer 'ride along' corps comprised of concerned Palo Alto residents could provide embedded witnesses to police actions and the the encryption issue would no longer be a matter of debate.


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