West Haven Police Department Going Encrypted

- FILE - West Haven Police cruiser (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Starting Tuesday, the West Haven Police Department will be operating on an encrypted channel, this all part of their new radio system implementation.

According to the West Haven Police Department, all police communications will no longer be able to be monitored by the public.

This department said in a press release there are several reasons why the department chose to make this change

“First and foremast is the safety of our officers. We know the “bad guys” monitor our channels and they know where we are, and perhaps more importantly where we are not! We live in a post 9/11 world where incidents and threats of terrorism are a reality. Add to this the active shooter scenarios and recent threats to kill police officers. The ability to dispatch our police officers, communicate and coordinate these operations effectively; it only makes sense to utilize encryption.

Police say this is a way to protect the police officers and their investigations. This will also help protect information including names, dates of births, license numbers, and addresses of individuals including complainants, witnesses, and others who have talked to police.

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