Tweed Heads Police. 
Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Tweed Heads Police. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Police radio to go encrypted this month

CRIMINALS will no longer be able to get the jump on police when radio transmissions go encrypted across the North Coast later this month.

The Police External Agencies Transfer System PEATS encryption process will will affect digital radio across Coffs Clarence, Mid North Coast, Richmond and Tweed Byron Local Area Commands.

All commands in the Sydney metropolitan region, Newcastle and Wollongong have been using the PEATS encrypted radio system successfully for the past seven years.

Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy, said the process was an important step forward in ensuring the safety of police.

“Criminals will no longer be able to listen in on police radio transmissions or follow emergency responses, which means we’re eliminating a significant risk to officer safety,” he said.

“Policing can be a highly challenging and at times dangerous job, and we’ll continue to develop and implement strategies that make their role as safe and secure as possible.

“Encrypting radio transmissions not only means protecting the welfare of our officers, but also helping them solve and prevent crime.”

The change will also affect local media organisations as they’ll no longer have access to monitor police radio via scanners in newsrooms and vehicles.

“We will continue to assist media in the important role they play in communicating information to the public that helps tackle crime,” he said.

“To maintain this connection, we’ve developed and implemented the Police External Agencies Transfer System (PEATS), an internet feed that has been used for a number of years to provide information on police activity, in place of radio transmissions.

“In addition, we’ll work with affected media organisations to ensure the new measures allow opportunities to attend operations of public significance.”



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