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Police Scanner Radio app review: stream over 2500 police, fire, rescue, and other radio feeds



What we have here is a scanner app called Police Scanner Radio, featuring a versatile and comprehensive selection of over 2,500 different feeds that you can stream directly to your iPhone or iPad.


Packaged into a lightweight 8.2 megabytes, this app will take up minimal space on your device, while still bringing you all the exciting content of scanners combined with the functionality of a touchscreen interface and iOS technology.


This app costs only $1.99, a fraction of what a real scanner would cost you, and boasts thousands of new users daily. It is no wonder that it has become the number one news app in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada, while also making it to the top ten news apps in more than 20 countries. Let's find out what the fuss is all about!

Police Scanner Radio


Feeds & Favorites

Police Radio Scanner gives its users access to more than 2500 police, fire, rescue, and other radio feeds whether you are connected to 3G or WiFi. Searching for channels can be done either by keyword such as police, crime, fire, and even air traffic, marine, and so on.


Alternatively, you can search by country, state, province, county, or city. This app uses your iPhone or iPad's GPS as well as 3G/wifi connectivity to determine your location and based on that information, you can find channels that originate from a source located close to you. As and when news feeds come online, you will be able to access them immediately.


Once you start using this app, you are bound to find a few feeds that you like. To go back to them swiftly anytime you want, you can save them to the Favorites section.


Police Scanner Radio screenshot 1
Police Scanner Radio screenshot 1

Search Sections & Learn Lingo

This app's interface is highly functional, and has the comforting familiarity of the classic and user-friendly five-icon menu bar at the bottom. Icons are as follows: Hot, Directory, Near Me, Favorites, and Lingo.


The Hot scanners section features a list of all the feeds that are currently “in action”, allowing you to also see the department where the feed is coming from, along with the report, such as Public Nuisance, Shooting, and Violence.


This app's Lingo section is a fantastic way for layman users to learn lingo that they are likely to hear on the feeds they're listening to. This section is segregated into sections including 10 Codes, 11 Codes, People & Equipment, Vehicles, Places, and Other Popular.


Police Scanner Radio screenshot 2
Police Scanner Radio screenshot 2

Police Scanner Radio


Pros & Cons


  • Access more than 2,500 radio feeds delivered to you over 3G or WiFi
  • Enjoy the simple and intuitive UI
  • Search feeds by country, state, and county
  • Take advantage of your iOS device's location services to find channels close to you
  • Enjoy full background audio support as well as 10 Codes and other Citizen's Band radio codes



  • There is nothing negative to say about this app


Police Scanner Radio screenshot 3
Police Scanner Radio screenshot 3

Final Words

Whether you want to use it to monitor exciting police, fire, and rescue frequencies, stay abreast of these activities in your area, or to be prepared for disasters or other emergency situations, having Police Radio Scanner on your iPhone or iPad can help you accomplish any and all of this with ease. Hands down, this is one of the best scanner apps available on the App Store.


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Neha Sinha

Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.