Contact Us

Fort Collins Police Radio Signal to Be Cut Off from the Public

Brett Levin Photography, Flickr

If you’ve ever relied on a police scanner for your local news (or entertainment, for that matter), you’ll probably notice a big drop in the amount of chatter on April 2nd.

The Fort Collins Police Department has decided to encrypt its main radio channel starting Tuesday, effectively cutting off anyone who doesn’t have a special radio to decode the signal.

Police Chief John Hutto said the decision to take most emergency traffic off the public airwaves was made to improve officer safety and to prevent exposure of citizens’ private information.

Police are on a weekly basis arriving on scenes to find out people — often suspects — have known they were coming because they were listening to smartphone apps, and Hutto said he’s not waiting for an officer to get hurt before making the change.

[via The Coloradoan.]

The only Fort Collins police channel to remain open to the public will be Channel 4, which is used mainly for special events, to coordinate with other agencies.

Are you glad police are taking this step to protect citizens, or do you think you’re just going to feel cut off and in the dark?

Personally, I think it’s a great idea; but then again, I don’t own a police scanner…

More From TRI 102.5

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://tri1025.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on TRI-102.5 – The Best Variety of Lite Rock Favorites quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on TRI-102.5 – The Best Variety of Lite Rock Favorites quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!