Police radios blocked from the public in southeast Denver metro area

The Denver Post: Police radios in a large swath of Denver’s southeast metro area went dark this week as law enforcement in Douglas and Elbert counties encrypted their radio systems to block public access to the transmissions, which have for decades provided the public with live information on police activity.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, all law enforcement and firefighters in Elbert County who are dispatched by Douglas County, as well as the police departments in Lone Tree, Parker and Castle Rock all encrypted their radio traffic on Dec. 2, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office plans to encrypt its traffic in January, along with the departments it dispatches for such as Sheridan, Cherry Hills and Cherry Creek State Park. Police in Littleton, Englewood and Greenwood Village also are joining the encryption trend.

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