Law enforcement radio chatter is again publicly available in Bend, though it’s online and on a 30-minute delay.
The Deschutes County 911 Service District’s director, Steve Reinke, announced in a media release this week that radio feeds will resume for Bend and Redmond police departments and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, which includes Black Butte Ranch and Sunriver police center.
In July, Deschutes County decommissioned its aging analog radio systems and switched to a newer digital radio system. The change prevented personal scanners from picking up the conversations among law enforcement personnel and dispatchers. The change was made to improve officer safety, Reinke said.
“It is improving officer safety and scene security,” he said.