January 27, 2010

Economic Downturn Shutting Down Police

Your local police department may be dramatically downsized or going away altogether as entire police forces across the U.S. are being shut down and disbanded because cities do not have the money to pay police officers.

In order to cut city budget costs, cities are turning to already stretched-thin local county sheriff departments to take over law enforcement duties.

These two quotes from one of the article below says it all:

"If you called the Gaston Police Department Wednesday you heard a strange message. "Yeah, this is Chief Crider Gaston Police Department. Do not leave any messages. As of right now council has disbanded the police department. We are laid off until further notice. Do not leave a message. They won't be checked for the next couple of weeks. Thank you, it's been fun working here. Bye."

and...

"Carry a gun. Protect your life," says a former Gaston police officer, who's warning residents they're going to have to fend for themselves.

Kinda scarry huh? Below are just some of the news articles I came across that paint a grim picture of possible things to come:
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January 20, 2010

GRE PSR300 Triple Trunking Handheld Scanner

I just received a second PSR300 trunking scanner to program for another customer and thought I would feature it here as I really like this model. The GRE PSR300 handheld scanner was introduced by GRE late 2007 as an analog trunking counterpart to the digital trunking PSR500 scanner.

The PSR300 is a handheld scanner that directly competes with Uniden’s BC346XT. While the PSR300 is about $70 cheaper than the Uniden ($150 for the GRE vs. $220 for the Uniden) it has fewer advanced features and less memory.

The PSR300 has 1000 channels and 1500 talkgroups, split evenly among the 10 banks.  The GRE’s main difference is that it uses the older fixed banks and channel programming method instead of the newer Dynamic Memory Architecture (DMA) methods used by the Unidens and digital GRE’s. 

Check out some of these features:
  • Triple Trunking Handheld Scanner
  • Motorola Analog, EDACS, LTR
  • 1,000 CH / 1,500 TGID
  • CTCSS / DCS
  • 20dB attenuator
  • SAME (FIPS) / Weather alert
  • Skywarn
  • Spectrum Sweeper
  • 4x16 Alphanumeric Display
  • Signal strength meter
  • Backlit Keypad and Display
  • PC Programmable
  • Field Upgradeable Firmware
  • And MUCH MUCH MORE! (Too many to list here! See our trusted partner, Scannermaster, for a complete list of features and a 3D view!) 
Frequency Coverage:  
  • VHF Low: 25.0000 - 54.0000 MHz
  • VHF Aircraft: 108.0000 - 136.9916 MHz
  • VHF High: 137.0000 - 174.0000 MHz
  • VHF High: 216.0025 - 299.9375 MHz
  • UHF Low/T: 300.0000 - 512.0000 MHz
  • UHF High: 764.0000 - 960.0000 MHz
  • UHF High: 1240.0000 - 1300.000 MHz
  • Except cellular band: 824-848.9875 MHz and 869- 893.9875 MHz 
  • Step: 3.125, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 25 kHz
Box Includes:
  • PSR-300 Scanner
  • AC Adapter
  • Rubber Antenna
  • Standard Batter Holder
  • Rechargeable Battery Holder
  • User Manual 
Get it now at our Trusted Partner
Scannermaster for Only $149.95!

If you have a review or comment on the PSR300, share it with other scannerheads in the comment section! Also, if you are interested in having your scanner programmed, send me an email for a quote.

That's it for now, till next time stay safe and don't forget to subscribe to my blog.

- RF
Bloghost & Webmaster @ Police-Scanner.info

January 14, 2010

LA County Fire USAR Team Enroute to Haiti

United States Urban Search and Rescue teams, Virginia Task Force 1 ("VA-TF1") and California Task Force 2 ("CA-TF2"), were activated on Tuesday evening and mobilized on Wednesday to travel to Haiti in the aftermath of a magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated the nation's capital. Hundreds of thousands of people are feared trapped or dead following the earthquake Tuesday.

Ready for Disaster!



Both VA-TF1 and CA-TF2 are specially-trained and equipped 72-person Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces consisting of Los Angeles County (CA) and Fairfax County (VA) Fire Department firefighters and paramedics rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, canine search dogs and handlers, hazardous materials technicians, communications specialists, and logistics specialists.

Each unique technical rescue team responds with 55,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around-the-clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made.

A Witness to Deployment



California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) deployed from March Air Base in Riverside County just before 10:30PM PT last night on their 8-hour flight (See video). March Air Base is 14 miles north of Canyon Lake, CA where I live. I was watching the take-off live on KCAL-9 News and went outside to watch as the massive C-17 flew low right overhead of my home accending on it's journey to devastation.

I have personally seen the LA County Fire USAR team in action after the magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake in 1994 (Jan. 17) while I was a photographer for LA County Fire and all I can say is these guys are "fearless badasses", the best of the best heading into the worst of the worst!

As I watched the plane fly overhead, all I could do give a salute and wish them goodluck and godspeed...

* Photos above are provided courtesy of the L.A. County Fire Dept. 

USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance

VA-TF1 & CA-TF2 are partnered in providing the U.S. Agency for International Development’s ("USAID") Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance with humanitarian assistance in the form of collapsed structure search and rescue, in response to natural and man-made disasters, throughout the world.

Both task forces have also deployed nationally to the Oklahoma City Bombing, The Pentagon, Hurricanes Katrina and Isabel as well as international deplyments to the bombing in Kenya, earthquakes in Turkey, Taiwan, and Iran.

Help Needed! How You Can Help

Donations to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief can be made in the following ways:

1. Make an unrestricted donation to the International Response Fund at www.redcross.org by clicking on the Donate Now button.

2. Call in a donation to the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS or for Spanish call 1-800-257-7575.

3. By texting "Haiti" to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department (http://www.state.gov/). Your donation will be automatically billed to your cell phone.

Or, visit the site below to learn more about ongoing disaster relief in Haiti:

+ InterAction - List of Agencies Accepting Donations

And Finally...

Family members trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225.

Related Links of Interest 
 
+ L.A. Rescurers Deploy to Haiti Quake Zone 

+ California Task Force 2 International Urban Search & Rescue
 
+ Virgina Task Force 1 International Urban Search & Rescue

+ L.A. Search-Rescue Team Demonstrates Response

+ CNN News Coverage

+ Preparing for a Major Earthquake or Disaster

+ Police Scanners & Emergency Preparedness

That all for now, let's hope for the best for Haiti's survivors...

-RF
Your Bloghost & Webmaster @ Police-Scanner.info

January 2, 2010

Police-Scanner.info's Family Watchdog Portal

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you are all off to a good start in 2010! This year is going to be an exciting year for Police-Scanner.info and this blog with a wealth of information to come. 

That said, I am proud to announce that Police-Scanner.info has teamed up with Family Watchdog, LLC to provide our visitors with the "PSI Family Watchdog Portal!" The portal allows you to search and see where registered sex offenders live and work around you and can notify you when a registered sex offender moves within five miles of a given address.

Other information available includes an offender count list that contains the actual number of offenders that are publicly viewable in each official state registry, current information on FDA food and drug recalls, and information on hazardous product recalls. Visit the PSI Family Watchdog Portal today:
That's it for now, stay safe and happy scanning!

-RF
Bloghost & Webmaster @ Police-Scanner.info