Individuals can find online sources for listening to police scanners on websites such as Broadcastify or DX Zone. Live streams of police scanners are not available for every jurisdiction because some departments choose to encrypt their communications, states Radio Television Digital News Association.
DX Zone users can search for police department scanners or select one of the most popular cities. Broadcastify offers a map search for users to find live police scanners. Users can also search for local feeds by state, zip code and city. Broadcastify claims to be the largest platform of live streaming scanners for public safety channels. It also offers channels related to air, marine and rail communications.
Individuals can also search for online streaming of police scanners through local resources. Some departments offer an official live stream of communications, states Radio Television Digital News Association. Other local resources might include the local media. For example, the Loraine County Chronicle-Telegram in Ohio has streaming feed of local police, fire and EMS scanners on its website.
While scanner traffic allows listeners to follow events, searches and investigations in real time, the information is not necessarily accurate or complete, cautions Radio Television Digital News Association. Additionally, although many radio feeds are publicly available, it is not necessarily legal for journalists to rebroadcast the feed at a later time.