Over and out? NYPD evades media access questions at City Council hearing on police radio encryption

NYPD brass remained tight-lipped Monday about their encryption plan for all police radios, and the future of journalists who would be denied access to real-time information on breaking news citywide.

Since the 1930s, the media have been tuned into the static chatter bursting from police radios through scanners, serving as overseers in order to report dangerous incidents to the citizens. However, that could all end in 2024 with the NYPD looking to encrypt its police channels, essentially shutting out the press from daily activities and crime responses. The department has already encrypted officers’ radios at 10 northern Brooklyn police precincts this year as part of the rollout.