Do Not Encrypt Long Beach Police Department Dispatch Channels

Do Not Encrypt Long Beach Police Department Dispatch Channels

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On September 11, 2018 the Long Beach City Council voted to:

Recommendation to adopt resolution authorizing City Manager, or designee, to execute a contract, and any necessary amendments, with Motorola Solutions, Inc., of Los Angeles, CA,for the purchase, delivery, and implementation of radio communications equipment, for a total purchase price not to exceed $17,700,000, which will be automatically reduced based on multi-agency purchase volumes achieved under Motorola Solutions, Inc., Territory Los Angeles Volume Subscriber Pricing Program;Authorize City Manager, or designee, to execute a lease-purchase agreement, and related financing documents, with Motorola Solutions, Inc., of Los Angeles, CA, for the financing of the radio communications equipment, in a total principal amount not to exceed $17,500,000,and in an aggregate amount not to exceed $23,300,000 including principal, interest, and fees,payable over terms not to exceed 12 years.

With This $18million-$23million improvement the city hopes to:

The City of Long Beach (City) Police, Fire, Public Works, Disaster Preparedness, and Airport Departments rely on a Motorola-based radio dispatch, radio signal, and portable and mobile radio infrastructure for day-to-day and emergency response radio communications. After providing more than 12 years of reliable services to the City, the currently used XT series of portable and mobile radios will no longer be supported by the manufacturer beginning December 2018. This obsolescence of the XT series not only affects the City, but also many of the public agencies across the region. In addition, the XT series does not support the current interoperability standards and objectives of the City and the Southern California region. City Council approval is requested for acquiring replacement APX Series portable and mobile radios from Motorola. The APX series radios support all new interoperability standards, increase interoperability within the City and with agencies across the Southern California region, and position the City for reliable radio services for the next ten years.

Given the tragedies faced by Long Beach Residents in October 2019 (North Long Beach Bar Shooting, the Rose Park Mass Shooting, and the Horrific Halloween Traffic Collision) in addition to the 30 murders in 2018. At the end of 2018 years of internal police records which were destroyed before the the police transparency law took effect in 2019, and the four years that the Long Beach PD used the Tigertext app (which encrypted and automatically deleted messages sent by officers to one another) before news outlets broke the story in late 2018.

It is clear that Long Beach PD struggles with transparency, additionally with the crimes and tragedies the city has faced it is vital for residents to stay information of what is happening in their communities.

We ask that the Long Beach Police Department DOES NOT encrypt their dispatch channels on the new radio system that will be implemented in the near future.

 

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