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Police scanners are transparency issue

In Advocacy on April 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Across the nation, reporters are struggling with the encryption of police scanners. While reporters struggle everyday to keep the public informed, officials find ways to to conceal information.

Journalist Justin Glawe writes, “ While police exist to protect the public from criminals, journalists, among other things, act as a check against law enforcement.

Journalist Kelsey Cochran writes, “Encrypting police radios leaves the fox watching the hen house in one of the worst ways imaginable.

I hold a certain level of trust in the police I work with every day. They haven’t given me a reason not to trust them. At least, not yet. But that doesn’t mean I should have to rely on them to tell me what is news.

“Just as I’m not a trained law enforcement officer, they are not journalists. Their job is to protect their investigations. My job is to tell the story. How do I know they’re telling me everything I need to know?

“What many of them do not understand is that the information contained in police reports, etc. does not belong to them. It belongs to the citizens, and it belongs to the victims. It belongs to the people who want to know what’s happening in their neighborhoods, not the police.”

Glawe and Cochran are joined by other top journalists across the nation in the important conversation.

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