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Palo Alto police set to remove radio encryption

Original post made on Aug 4, 2022

The Palo Alto Police Department, which moved abruptly in January 2021 to fully encrypt its radio communications, is preparing to reverse the controversial policy, acting Chief Andrew Binder told this news organization.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 4, 2022, 12:21 PM

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Posted by Local Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:11 pm

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Great job by incoming Chief Binder and City Manager Shikada on keeping PAPD transparent and accountable! It's nice to see the leadership taking real meaningful steps to respond to community input.


Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:05 pm

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Chief Binder - your first public action as Chief speaks very well of your leadership.

You have restored our right to free access to an important information source that we depended on. You seem to grasp Constitutional Rights, unlike former Chief Bob Jonsen, (now running for Sheriff) who encrypted unilaterally with no notice to anyone.

Well done Chief. The people of Palo Alto are Cheering!


Posted by Karl Sonkin
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:58 pm

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Dave Price must be howling. You beat him reporting on what was apparently his crusade


Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:03 pm

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Thank you Chief Binder for doing the right thing. I agree with everything stated by Felix who posted beforehand. Yes the people of our town welcome you
and appreciate your thinking in restoring this critical policy. Encryption diminishes democracy.


Posted by White Senior fears Palo Alto Police
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:26 pm

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Delightful news about our new police chief. I hope he makes other reforms such as discharging errant police officers that cause us taxpayers to pay victims of police abuse.

I also suggest that our outgoing police chief Robert Johnson not be elected Sheriff. It would likely not be any improvement over the disgraced Sheriff Laurie Smith.


Posted by GTSpencer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2022 at 12:01 pm

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If you want to listen to the police radio that bad then go be a cop. Another liberal law to aide the criminals.


Posted by Larry
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 6, 2022 at 8:07 pm

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Anyone know if the unencrypted system would still be trunked?


Posted by Noah Michaels
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 7, 2022 at 9:48 am

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The police have forgotten the simple fact that they answer to the public and not the other way around.

If they need to have secret or private communiques, they can always use a cellphone while keeping in mind that these transmissions (calls/texts) can also be subpoenaed by a court of law.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2022 at 12:54 pm

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Today may be the first test of this. Did the encryption enable more awareness of the fire on El Camino/Arastradero at the McLaren lot?


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