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Sep 21, 2016 1:56 PM

Manchester Police Department will keep radio transmissions encrypted


MANCHESTER — The Board of Alderman voted to keep the Manchester police radio transmissions encrypted.

READ: Manchester police move to encrypt radio system sparks heated debate online

Manchester police started to encrypt their radio transmissions earlier this month when they switched over to the city's new $5.8 million emergency radio system, the Union Leader reported.

Police said encryption also ensures officer safety and the privacy of others. However, this affects those who listen to scanners to get information from the police.

Alderman At Large Joseph Kelly Levasseur made a motion to direct the department to change back to unencrypted transmissions on Tuesday. The motion failed on a 1-13 voice vote, with Levasseur the only one in favor of making the switch.

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