Blog Editor’s Note: We were glad to get a link to the below article from member Chuck Schue.
It is always good to see law enforcement authorities taking action against jamming devices. We have reported before about police in Scotland, and Hampshire (UK), doing so. Also about aggressive laws in Mexico against owning and operating jamming devices.
RNTF’s mantra for GPS is “Protect the frequencies, Toughen receivers, and Augment signals.”
Without the right laws and enforcement capability it is impossible to protect the frequencies.
In the U.S. we are not very far along protecting the frequencies. In fact, the FCC has greatly reduced its ability to detect and act against jamming over the last couple decades.
One idea is to empower every state and local law enforcement official to enforce the anti-jamming provisions of the Communications Act. The detection equipment they would need is fairly inexpensive, and it could help them uncover other illicit activity.
With organized criminals making more use of technology such as radio jammers or GPS trackers, government will adjust civil-forfeiture rules to keep up, said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.
“(They) pose a significant risk to officers during often very high-risk situations, where officers may be conducting interdictions or surveillance of individuals that pose a significant risk to public and police safety,” said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, of the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.