The decision to purchase a new radio system was made in response to changes in law and local government’s requirement to meet those changes. As I read the articles regarding the purchase, it becomes evident local law enforcement choose encryption as an enhanced feature against bad guys. Historical data supports bad guys use technology to enhance their criminal activity.As a separate issue some members of our public are upset they can no longer monitor the activity from the comfort of their homes, whether for entertainment purpose or as a means of holding law enforcement accountable. There is an outcry for transparency and accountability. The public wants to know what is going on when law enforcement is conducting business. Well folks, there is accessibility, accountability and transparency in government; in Texas it is the Public Information Act. “The Act is triggered when a person submits a written request to a governmental body. The request must ask for records or information already in existence”. http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publica...
There is your means of holding government accountable and ensuring transparency. It is up to you to make the effort, rather than crying foul at not being able to listen to a live broadcast from the safe and secure comfort of your home. I believe it is time for you to be accountable as well.
When the business of the people is deemed too secret for the people to hear, you can bet there is abuse of public trust involved by those who are supposed to be guarding that trust.
Law enforcement knows that "everyone" has a scanner. That is why sensitive information is not given over the radio. The only thing that is supposed to go over the radio is information that is generic in form or that is public knowledge.
Well here is the new link to blog i wrote in about why you should have a scanner.
"Car 54, where are you?"
Read Blog on Why Victoria Residents should be able to here whats going on.
Isn't it kinda like trash that you put out by the curb, once you put it out there it is public property? The criminal will find a way to access this information. What will the media do? Don't they monitor the airwaves to be the first on the scene? Should DPS be able to monitor the CB's? Will they take the CB's and 2-way radio's away from everyone also?