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Indianapolis Police Dept , Illegal Unlicensed use of Ham Radio Equiptment

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Jammer

League City, TX

#1 Apr 9, 2009
FCC, INDIANAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT ADDRESS UNLICENSED OPERATIONS

In response to an investigation by the FCC, the Indianapolis
Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD)
< http://www.indy.gov/eGov/IMPD/Pages/home.aspx... ; has taken action to
prevent further use of Amateur Radio frequencies by unlicensed officers.
Any Amateur Radio equipment in the cruisers of unlicensed officers was
removed by order of IMPD Chief of Police Michael T. Spears.

According to the FCC, some IMPD officers were using the radios to
supplement their normal communications channels, including using amateur
frequencies for tactical communications during drug surveillance. As
part of its inquiry, the FCC reminded the IMPD of the large number of
tactical channels available on a secondary basis to police departments
from the public safety pool of frequency allocations.

"We are pleased that IMPD has put a stop to this unlicensed activity,"
said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "The
investigation by the FCC, coupled with the expedient cooperation and
correction of the problem by the IMPD, eliminates a situation that had
raised serious concerns in the amateur community."

The FCC stated they would monitor the situation and follow-up
appropriately if needed.
Jack

United States

#2 Apr 10, 2009
Like always they think they are above the law.
Linda

League City, TX

#3 Apr 10, 2009
Sad when the law is above the law..
Tim

League City, TX

#4 Apr 12, 2009
This is happening all over the US.
Joseph

United States

#5 Apr 13, 2009
They need to make all police come into compliance with the law.

Same problem in Newyork also.
Larry

United States

#6 Apr 13, 2009
I work with them and see it.
John willis

United States

#7 Apr 14, 2009
The US as a whole is slowly collapsing.
Kenny Cheesman

League City, TX

#8 Apr 17, 2009
The cops are mostly low life bullies anyway.
THPD Thugs

League City, TX

#9 May 5, 2009
Would not put this past THPD either.
Getting Old

Ashville, PA

#10 May 6, 2009
What a miracle. You did not call them jack-booted thugs. I am so proud of you.
THPD Thugs wrote:
Would not put this past THPD either.
Dan Henderson

Indianapolis, IN

#12 May 27, 2009
Not every police officer is bad,The job is more stressful than many could imagine.
If you get in a car accedent who is there to pick up the pieces? When your house gets broken in to or you get attacked who is there for you?
The police get shot at,swore at,punched,kicked,and sometimes a lost life trying to help people
Flip side of the coin

Britton, MI

#13 May 27, 2009
Now tell the good people the benefits of being a police officer. Both official and unofficial.
Joe

League City, TX

#14 Sep 23, 2009
This is not the first time that there has been a ruckus over the use of these ‘TAC’ radios by officers. The whole thing got started years ago when the 800Mhz TRS went in. They left the old radios (VHF for county, UHF for City) in place for a period of time. Especially in the county areas, officers came to rely on the car to car channels to communicate with their coworkers when the TRS was fail-soft, busy, or they were in an area with poor coverage.

Then they started pulling out the old radios, or not installing them when vehicle swaps were done. The biggest problem with that was that officers did not trust the new TRS, with good reason. It was flaky as crap in its beginning, and on hip coverage of the county was about 70 percent. It also cut the county officers off from surrounding counties which were still on VHF. And so the era of the TAC radio began.
Most of them are using Kenwood radios with the MARS/CAP mod done. I do not recall the exact model of the radios.

At one time there was actually a e-mail list that was nearly dedicated to tracking TAC channels in use.

BUT, before any of this started County was on VHF, IPD was on UHF and nearly every police car had a VHF Amatuer Radio and CB in it. Does anyone care to guess what complaints and comments were made about that? Nearly the same as many of the ones made here. Obviously there were not the license concerns, but the rest of the concerns / comments were very similar.

Clearly there are needs which is not entirely met even by the current TRS. I think this issue is partially the result of ignorance, and partially the result of the administration ignoring the needs.

As in any group, there are a few boneheads which draw attention to the lot.
haha

United States

#15 Sep 23, 2009
who cares you bunch of drama queens.
Ted

League City, TX

#16 Sep 23, 2009
haha wrote:
who cares you bunch of drama queens.
Hope they lock your ass up and throw away the key.
hahaha

United States

#17 Sep 24, 2009
Ted wrote:
<quoted text>
Hope they lock your ass up and throw away the key.
Way to strive for justice there Ted. You are very entertaining. Ted I'm on the run from the forum police. They are going to lock me up for not being a baby and crying about nonsense. It's crazy. The PIGS will never get me though because they don't have their little radios they liked so much anymore.
Jan

League City, TX

#18 Sep 26, 2009
I hate to say this but Laura isnt off to a very good start at the FCC enforcment division. First, she simply slaps the wrist of a bunch of cops in Indiana bootlegging on two meters. Why wasnt the department fined? Especially when the police chief admitted its been going on for years. Years??? Hello!

Any civilian caught doing this would have their name and address plastered all over a million web sites and found guilty till proven innocent by all the head hunters. Not to mention what would happen to anyone caught cussing and interfering on the police frequency.

Secondly, why wasnt each individual officer guilty of using these radios fined? I guess if you wear a badge its okay to break the law right? Telling them to handle this "internally" is a joke!

And lastly, by snuggling up to the league we will be right back in the same boat we were with RH. League members getting "special" treatment before others for committing the same on air rules violations. I thought an FCC enforcer was supposed to be fair and unbiased? How can she be when shes already kissing up to a special interest group? Typical politics at its finest.
hohum

League City, TX

#19 Dec 27, 2009
Jammer wrote:
FCC, INDIANAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT ADDRESS UNLICENSED OPERATIONS
In response to an investigation by the FCC, the Indianapolis
Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD)
< http://www.indy.gov/eGov/IMPD/Pages/home.aspx... ; has taken action to
prevent further use of Amateur Radio frequencies by unlicensed officers.
Any Amateur Radio equipment in the cruisers of unlicensed officers was
removed by order of IMPD Chief of Police Michael T. Spears.
According to the FCC, some IMPD officers were using the radios to
supplement their normal communications channels, including using amateur
frequencies for tactical communications during drug surveillance. As
part of its inquiry, the FCC reminded the IMPD of the large number of
tactical channels available on a secondary basis to police departments
from the public safety pool of frequency allocations.
"We are pleased that IMPD has put a stop to this unlicensed activity,"
said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "The
investigation by the FCC, coupled with the expedient cooperation and
correction of the problem by the IMPD, eliminates a situation that had
raised serious concerns in the amateur community."
The FCC stated they would monitor the situation and follow-up
appropriately if needed.
Sad when the police cannot abide by the law..........
Jim

League City, TX

#20 Nov 2, 2010
Talk about breaking the law and corruption, these guys wont give up, its like an iddition to them

Officers Under Fire For Radio Chatter

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/25597817/d...
Genie

Terre Haute, IN

#22 Nov 5, 2010
Cops are above the law always

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