Coppers have been advocating for this for a long time. SWAT has them, but every other communication is out there in the open.
Until recently we’re told (via email):
- Have you seen the orders where Supervisors are required to bring a radio with the “EVENT 1” setting programmed in? This is the new P25 encrypted band rolling out in the newer radios. It’s something to enable secure communications (finally) while moving the troops to confront antifa and rioters who were always a step ahead of the CPD.
This should have been done nationwide after 9/11, and was done in numerous smaller departments where they didn’t need to buy a few thousand radios. NYPD muddled through something like this, but the infrastructure was always the stumbling block. Anyone know if they got it running and CPD is following NYPD (again)?