Listening to analogue radio broadcasts used by police and other emergency organisations is coming to an end with the upgrading to a digital network.
The long anticipated new technology for police in country Victoria starts in the middle of 2017, when the roll out begins with encrypted digital radios. The move to stop listeners including criminals that now can know police movements. The encypted digital system has long existed in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong.
Under a contract the new radios will stop police communications being intercepted by the public in country. The contract means more than 8,000 radios will be provided for Victoria Police, Victoria State Emergency Services, Corrections Victoria and Life Saving Victoria.