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NCJ Number: 156779 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement Communication Security
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:64  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:14-17
Author(s): L E Quarantiello
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article contends that the weakest link in police officer protective equipment may be the two-way radio, because the dispatch messages that provide officers with vital information can be intercepted by any person equipped with a scanner and the ability to tune in to law enforcement agency communications.
Abstract: While civilians who monitor police communications are, for the most part, hobbyists, criminals can also listen in on dispatches concerning routine patrols, drug raids, and warrant services. Police agencies err when they believe that using multiple channels will secure their communications, that codes are undecipherable, and that 800 MHz systems cannot be scanned. Some precautions officers would do well to adopt include sticking to the necessities in their radio communications, avoiding details that can be communicated later, using typed messages or face-to-face meetings, avoiding officer names and unique call signs, refraining from location disclosure during undercover operations, coordinating special operations during briefings, using low-power communications and out-of-band frequencies, and avoiding using cellular phones for sensitive conversations. 2 notes
Main Term(s): Police telecommunications systems
Index Term(s): Police radio frequencies; Science and Technology; Transmission security
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