Springfield, IL – Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Rejects HB4339 on Police Scanner Access

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Springfield, IL – The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association has publicly opposed House Bill 4339, which requires law enforcement agencies with encrypted police scanners to provide real-time access to media outlets.

The bill, introduced by Representative La Shawn K. Ford and set for implementation on January 1, 2025, has drawn criticism from sheriffs who believe it could compromise the security and effectiveness of police operations.

The association’s opposition highlights a conflict between public record transparency and the protection of law enforcement tactics and sensitive information. The debate continues as the bill moves through the legislative process.

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