Monitoring the Digital Trunked Radio (DTR) Network By Non Governmental Entities


With the transition of many public safety radio systems to the Cooperative Communications Network of Colorado (CCNC) digital trunked radio system, it will no longer be possible for unauthorized monitoring of radio traffic. The CCNC realizes that granting permission for the news media and certain non-government agencies to monitor specific channels may benefit the public. This policy will define the process and requirements to obtain permission to monitor along with how to obtain and activate the equipment.

All requests for permission shall be in writing signed by a senior level official from the agency requesting permission. Request should be sent to:

Cooperative Communications Network of Colorado
c/o State of Colorado, Communication Services
2452 W 2nd Ave. #19 Denver, CO 80219
The request should contain the following information:
  • Name, address, Email and telephone number
  • Specific channels to be monitored
  • Quantity and type of radios requested (Base, Airborne or Portable)
  • Purpose for monitoring Users of the equipment
Once a request has been received, the CCNC Board will contact the public safety agency whose channels are being requested to clear the request. Once the agency has approved or denied the request, the requesting agency will be contacted with the status of their request. If the request is approved, the CCNC will provide an agreement form to be completed by the requesting agency. Once the form is completed and returned, the CCNC the will provide information on how and where to purchase the necessary equipment, along with how and where to get the equipment programmed. The maximum number of radios authorized to a single agency will be 2, one newsroom or fixed location and one airborne unit. Newsroom units will be capable of monitoring only. Airborne units may be granted permission to transmit for official public safety activities only. Decisions of the CCNC Board are final.