Tuning Into Police Scanners


Free App Lets You Livestream Police Dispatch Calls.

Police know you’re listening, and they don’t mind.

Safety officials aren’t the only ones listening in on emergency service lines. Police dispatch calls have long been accessible to the public. Anyone with a scanner can tune in.

But now you don’t need any fancy equipment to listen.

As we grow deeper into the social media age, you don’t need a radio scanner, because there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several apps, including Broadcastify.

That’s the service that released a long conversation between dispatch and a Terre Haute police officer after the 911 bomb threat call at Terre Haute North High School on April 7th.

“When they can hear our traffic, that benefits us, because we can get tips off of it. And again, we can assure people that sensitive information isn’t on that channel. 90% of the time we go to our tac channels, which are encrypted, which only we can hear,” says THPD Public Information Officer, Ryan Adamson.

The THPD says if these conversations are public, they can be recorded and redistributed. However, police say it is against the law to be driving while using a scanner.

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