How to Listen to Police Frequencies on the Internet

By Cheryl A. Frost

Listening to police frequencies online is easier than using a handheld radio. With a handheld, you have to fine tune each channel out of hundreds just to find the right one. Even if you know the exact frequency, your listening experience depends on your physical position and the position of your antenna. Online sources like Broadcastify and 5-0 Radio Police Scanner do all the tuning for you, so you can listen to radio frequencies all over the world with just a computer or a smart device.

Online Radio Scanning

Step 1

Connect to the Internet and open any Web browser.

Step 2

Visit the Broadcastify website. You can also listen to police scans from RadioReference.com, Tune In or Streema, but many radio sites use Broadcastify as their primary scanning source.

Step 3

Select the location you want to scan. You can browse through an entire state or narrow it down to a specific ZIP code.

Step 4

From the results list, find a police dispatch channel for your desired location and select the media player you want to use to listen.

Step 5

Click the "Play" button in the Listen column.

Scanning From a Smart Device

Step 1

Download the 5-0 Radio Police Scanner app. Other good apps are Police Scanner and Police Radio. All these apps are available for Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows devices.

Step 2

Open the 5-0 Radio Police Scanner app and select "Browse Scanner Feeds."

Step 3

Select your desired location. For most apps, the location can be anywhere in the world.

Step 4

Select a police dispatch channel.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't hear anything when you select a channel, wait a few minutes. Sometimes it takes a while to connect, and sometimes there just isn't anyone speaking.
  • Many scanning resources are free but include ads. If you don't want the bother of ads, pay a small fee to register.
  • When you find a frequency you like on any of the scanning apps, click the + sign to add it as a favorite.
  • Some radio sites and apps include music and talk radio, but you can filter your frequencies by doing a search for "police."