I have been a radio hobbyist since the 1970’s. Started listening to scanners back in the old crystal days. I have seen the introduction of voice inversion systems followed by the Motorola DVP systems on the local police systems. Our local police service went full time encryption (DES-OFB and AES256) back in 2012. When that happened, the media (and scanner hobbyists) switched to monitoring the EMS and Fire comms and learned of all the major police events that way.
In 2017, Police and Fire went full time encrypted. As the comms system admin for all three services, we noticed a few very important benefits.
No one has “the right” to eavesdrop on another person’s or parties communications. For those that feel somehow that it is their duty to monitor the local law enforcement comms because they feel that will prevent some form of police corruption, Grab a brain. Have you ever heard anything on your local comms that could even suggest this was going to happen? If some officer was going to do something they shouldn’t, they are not going to disclose or discuss this on a radio channel that is most likely recorded.
If you were that paranoid, I would also think you would be in favor of secure comms. Do you want all your neighbors hearing that the local police, fire or ems were dispatched to your home. Oh what would the neighbors think? The gossip that could be started!
Secure comms protect everyone’s rights to privacy. The first responders and the general public whom they are serving. Does the scanning public need to know that you had a grease fire on your stove? Do they need to know that you fell off a ladder and broke your leg? Do they need to know that a relative in your home is stressed out, and having anxiety issues? Of course the scanning public doesn’t have a right to know these things.
As much as I have enjoyed monitoring, it is not my right to hear anything. I miss the comms and knowing what is going on around town. However I also realize that my fellow citizens have a right to their privacy as well.
Secure comms are here, face it, accept it and move on.