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Radio system would prevent media meddling

911 system would allow for public, private communication


By Aly Van Dyke
The Topeka Capital-Journal

TOPEKA, Kan. — Shawnee County could get a new 911 emergency radio system that allows responders to switch between encrypted and public traffic. But the only thing that would stop an officer — or an entire agency — from blocking radio traffic all the time is a departmental policy, Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller said Thursday.

"There's no requirement that (emergency traffic) be public unless there's a policy," he said. "We (currently) choose to make it public, but many departments encrypt all traffic."

He said he didn't have an opinion yet on whether complete encryption would be in the best interest of the county.

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