(Hopkinsville, Ken.) Hopkinsville media outlets are at risk of losing access to local law enforcement channels on police scanners [due to privacy and security concerns]; however, Hopkinsville Police Department is working on a solution that keeps the media informed and keeps the agency in compliance with state and federal regulations.
“Local news outlets rely on these radio channels to inform the public of emergencies in our community,” said Brandon Cox, publisher of the New Era. “This isn’t a ‘media’ thing. This is about the public’s right to the access of information. It’s about public safety, and yes, it is at times about transparency.”
Thursday, Hopkinsville Police Captain Erik Pacheco emailed local media outlets explaining the solution could be an app called Active911.
Active911 is a digital messaging system that sends information instantly to the recipients, such as location, type of call, time, date. The app would interface with dispatch communications and alert the specified recipients in real time.