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APD Switching to Online Scanner System

Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:30:38 AM AKST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 05:07:54 PM AKST
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The Anchorage Police Department is switching away from its analog police scanner to an online system that can be accessed by computer and smartphones.

APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro said the move is designed to improve public access to police activities as they happen.

"We recognize that sometimes people are hearing a bunch of police sirens and want to know what's going on and that most people turn to the Internet," Castro said.

The feed will go live Tuesday and can be accessed on on the "Listen Here" icon.

To monitor one channel at a time, users should open their volume control icon and mute the left or right side. APD north dispatch operates on the left speaker, and south dispatch operates on the right speaker.

With the new system, there will be a broadcast of a few minutes. Castro said criminals sometimes abuse the information that was immediately available on the analog system.

"The idea of the delay is to let officers have enough time to respond to a scene, to assess and set up a perimeter," Castro said. 

Police emphasize that information reported on the scanner may not prove to be accurate after an investigation by officers.