Police turn public scanner off, citing ongoing investigations
Police scanners are going silent again, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. Citing ongoing law enforcement investigations into burglaries and property crimes, Castro told KTVA News Tuesday evening that public access to APD radio traffic will be shuttered until further notice.
Criminal access to the comings and goings of police has been an issue with APD Chief Christopher Tolley since his appointment in October 2015.
Shortly after he took office, Tolley ordered public access to scanner traffic shut off to preserve the integrity of investigations. The move also had a chilling effect on local news media who rely on scanner traffic to monitor the work of municipal officials.
After receiving a letter of protest from KTVA, KTUU and the Alaska Dispatch News, Tolley reinstated public access to police radio traffic temporarily until a solution could be found that would keep sensitive logistic information away from criminals but allow news media to follow law enforcement movement. As of Tuesday night, such a solution has not been found.
Police spokesman Castro said Tuesday night that APD would have more on this issue Wednesday.
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