Fort Collins police consider blocking radio traffic to public
By Ryan Parker
The Denver Post
Fort Collins police scanner transmissions may soon be silent to public ears.
The northern Colorado city still hasn’t decided whether to activate an option on its new communication system that allows frequencies to be encrypted.
Police Chief John Hutto said if the department does decide to block listening, it will be to protect citizen privacy and keep cops safe.
He also said he doesn’t think quieting scanner transmissions will complicate communication between Fort Collins police and other law enforcement agencies during big emergencies.
But others aren’t so sure that is true.
Larimer County Sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz said the switch could hinder communications among agencies when emergencies arise, such as a wildfire.
“That is the reason we haven’t made that switch,” Schulz said.