Crackdown on criminals starts with silence

The Albany Police Department announced Monday that a full encryption of their radio traffic has begun, giving them an upperhand on criminal activity. / From file

The Albany Police Department announced this morning that the public will no longer be able to pick up their radio traffic over a police scanner.

The encryption process was completed today and cost the city $250,000 dollars through two-year-old SPLOST funding.

Officials with the department say the purpose of the encryption isn't to hide information, but more to give officers piece of mind when heading out on a call.

"When they get there, they knew that we were coming. And that's what we're trying to do is safeguard our officers and make sure that they can go out and do their function, and do it well, and not have to worry about somebody knowing their coming," said Deputy Chief for the Albany Police Department, Donald Frost.

And APD will not be alone in the encryption movement, as both the Dougherty County Police Department and Sheriff's Office are expected to make the change at some point in the coming year.