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Law Enforcement Encrypting Scanner Transmissions

Police scanners are a part of every media outlet newsroom. They provide real-time audio access to police, fire and paramedic emergency calls as they come in. It’s how news crews get to the scene of an accident or an emergency situation quickly — in some cases before the first responders. But the news crews aren’t the only ones listening. Police scanners have been around about as long as the police radios, and enthusiasts have been listening just as intently as the policemen, firemen and paramedics who use the radios to…
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Police Scanner Codes

Police dispatchers will use the codes listed below to substitute an action with a “code” rather than speaking the literal translation of said action. It’s much easier and more clear on a police radio to say “Code 4” rather than ‘No further assistance required’, especially when radio transmissions can be garbled or hard to understand. I’m pretty sure most police departments still use these codes. I know they do state-wide in Colorado, however, I have yet to hear a Code 9, 10 or 11. Police Codes Code 1: Attention all…
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Police Scanner 10 Codes

Police use the 10 codes to simplify an event into a number. It’s much easier and more clear on a police radio to say 10-7 rather than ‘out of service’, especially when radio transmissions can be garbled or hard to understand. I’m not sure if all police departments still use these codes, due in part to digital radio transmissions making conversations far more clear. In any case, if you’re listening to a police scanner in an area where the police still use the 10 codes, the universal list is shown…
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Digital Trunking Police Scanner

When I was a kid, I used to spend hours listening to my 20-channel Radio Shack police scanner, often times waking up to an alert or static that broke the squelch. Over the course of five or so years, all the police and fire departments started moving to the 800 Mhz band for which my scanner could not receive and I slowly lost interest. Not having the money to buy a new scanner, I found other fun things to do with my spare time. Flash forward 30 years and once…
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