If you're looking to learn about the live action going on in your area, Police Radio - Live Police, Fire and EMS is an app that will help you do just that from the comfort of your iPhone or iPad.
What we have here is a scanner app that features an intuitive, beautiful interface, with plenty of functions to help you get the most out of your listening experience. It also has a great support team to boot!
This app can be found in the News section of the App store, where it can be purchased for $1.99, a fraction of the price of a real scanner.
Let's take a look at its features in a little more detail.
Police Radio - Live Police, Fire and EMS takes up a mere 4.7 MB of space on your iPhone or iPad, and features the familiar user interface which has five icons at the bottom of the screen to help you find a feed that you'll want to listen to. These sections are Locations, Top 100, Favorites, Custom, and More.
The Location section has the feeds sorted by state, allowing you to easily zero in on the place you'd like to tune into. The Top 100 Feeds is a better starting point, however, because it sorts the feeds by popularity, and it'll even show you the number of people listening in on the feed at any given time.
You'll be pleased to know that this app also features alpha tags and metadata for improved searchability.
Functions & Features
Once you've picked out the feed you'd like to listen to, you will be taken to the player, which is hands down one of the coolest-looking players I've seen to date. There is a digital display at the top with the name of the stream and some other details. This text is scrolling just like a real scanner, making for a really authentic experience.
Users can add certain feeds to favorites for easy retrieval, and they may also add their own stations if they can't find it in the comprehensive app database.
This app also lets you disable auto-lock so you can admire the display while your iPhone or iPad is plugged into a dock, or you may choose to avail the background support feature so the stream runs in the background while you attend to other tasks or use other apps.
Police Radio - Live Police, Fire and EMS is hands down one of the best scanner apps available in the App Store. The beautiful display combined with just the right features and a fantastic customer service team make this a must-have on your iPhone or iPad!
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.