The Logan City Police Department has officially received grant money allowing them to purchase software that will encrypt scanner radio traffic in high-risk situations.

The police department received $26,812 from the Utah Department of Homeland Security, enough to put encryption software on 30 police radios.

According to Asst. Police Chief Jeff Curtis, about half of those radios will go to police officers who are assigned to the SWAT team. The others will be spread out among administrators, negotiators, select paramedics and dispatch.

Curtis said the radios will be used only in specific events or high-risk situations and will not impact anything else that is heard on the scanner.

Officers who are part of the narcotics strike force already have radios that can be encrypted.


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