Police to encrypt radios

LOGAN — Logan City Police have asked the City Council to authorize the purchase of radio encryption software, that will scramble some of their radio communications.

Logan City Assistant Chief Jeff Curtis said the police department has been tentatively awarded a grant in the amount of $26,813 to purchase the equipment. The grant is through the Northern Utah Homeland Security Coalition.

Curtis said the money would be used to encrypt radio traffic during SWAT, drug, and special operations, preventing it from being picked up and heard by scanners.

Police recently served a warrant to a home and found the suspect was listening to police radio traffic and knew their plans. Curtis said now that police radio traffic can be heard easily on the internet, smart phones and scanners it can compromise officer’s safety.

Tuesday night’s public hearing, during the City Council Meeting, was to adjust the budget for purchasing the encryption software and hardware in anticipation of the grant being awarded.

Curtis said once the department has been awarded the grant, the encryption software has to be purchased and installed by the end of June.

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