Effective today, Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and Halifax District RCMP have moved fully to TMR2 and introduced encryption.
We upgraded to TMR2 because, after many years of reliable service, the previous Trunked Radio System (TMR or TMR1) is at its end-of-life from a technology and product perspective. As a result, the Province of Nova Scotia is in the process of moving to a new, state-of-the-art radio communications network for public safety known as TMR2. The implementation of the fully-digital TMR2 radio system infrastructure is underway and is scheduled to be complete by June 2015. The benefits of TMR2 include enhanced reliability, improved radio coverage, and an increased number of channels for our officers and dispatchers to use.
At the same time as the transition to TMR2, Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP have introduced voice encryption. This means that the public and media are no longer able to hear the majority of police radio transmissions by scanner and/or online. This change enhances both public and officer safety, protects the security and integrity of police operations and assists us in upholding privacy legislation.
HRP and Halifax District RCMP remain committed to open and forthright communication through traditional and social media to help keep our citizens and media informed about crime and public safety issues in our community.