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The days of Chicago reporters and news photographers who depended on a sizzling police scanner to track news reports and let the public know what officers were doing in real time are quickly ending.
The Chicago Police Department is transitioning all of its radios to digitally encrypted channels by the end of this year, limiting access to one of the few ways the public can best monitor police activity. Journalists have a long history of listening to police radio traffic to know when there is news and to get to the scene of a developing event.
Adam Scott Wandt, assistant professor and vice chair of technology in the Department of Public Management at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said the change means the end of citizens across the country having full access to police activities while they work.
“Then there’s a whole other class, and that’s the class of reporters in the media, and I’m a strong believer in government transparency and accountability,” Wandt said. “And it certainly worries me, worries me significantly. If the police exclude the media from live radio broadcasts, I think it certainly reduces the level of accountability faced by police departments.”
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