Scott County has decided to make the switch to encrypted police scanners under their radio replacement plan that will prevent police radio from being broadcast for the general public to listen to. Similar plans are being adopted in Dakota County and other law enforcement agencies as well.
The switch is expected to take place in the spring of 2021 when local law enforcement dispatch communications will from then on be broadcast over an encrypted channel.
As tuning into these radio channels through at home scanners or online applications becomes more popular, the switch is being made in the interest of public safety and victim privacy.
However, there are concerns on the other side of the issue that by using an encrypted radio system, it limits officer safety and transparency. The discussion about the radio plan has been a tricky balance of how to share minimal victim information and still allow for public accountability and police transparency.