SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police are allowing media outlets, like 22News, the ability to listen in to their newly encrypted radio transmissions.
After 22News requested transparency, we were provided a police radio, to help us know when there’s breaking news. The department on Thursday started encrypting their 700 police radios so the public could no longer eavesdrop on their conversations.
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri told 22News it’s to protect the identities of domestic violence victims, police and witnesses.
Carl Robinson of Chicopee said, “There are things that could be done to protect people’s identities without disclosing people on the scene or names of witnesses.”
Agencies that want to listen in, can contact Springfield police to see if they’re eligible to receive one of these radios.