La Crosse Police Department moves to encrypted communication system

Move to prevent criminals from listening

La Crosse Police Department moves to...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Listening in on scanner traffic of the La Crosse Police Department is a thing of the past.

Last week, the Police Department moved to encrypted communication systems for a majority of their dispatch communications. The biggest reason for the move is to prevent future criminals from listening in on the movements of La Crosse officers during criminal incidents.

"We want to make sure that our officers, as they go on those patrol calls, and if you make a phone call, if the community makes a phone call to 911 and there's a suspect there, that everybody is safe. We want to make sure, like I said, not only the community's safety, but the officers' safety as well,” said La Crosse Police Department Sergeant Tom Walsh.

The Police Department does want people to know they are still transparent. Through the open records law, you can still get transcripts of dispatch calls and communication, but you will no longer hear the calls over scanners.

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