Police awarded grant to encrypt radios

LOGAN — Logan City Police have been awarded a grant to purchase radio encryption software, that will scramble some of their radio communications.

Logan Police Assistant Chief Jeff Curtis said the police department was awarded the $26,812 grant by the Northern Utah Homeland Security Coalition.

Curtis said the money will be used to encrypt 30 handheld radios, preventing them from being heard by scanners. The radios will be given to SWAT team members, administrators, dispatch operators and negotiators.

Curtis said the radio encryption software will be able to be turned on and off. Police plan to use the encrypted radios when officer’s safety could be compromised.

The radio software has already been purchased and Curtis said they hope to have it installed by the end of June.

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