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 Anoka County Public Safety

Anoka County Sheriff, Police and Fire Departments.
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Feed Notes

This feed contains the routine dispatch audio of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, the Police Departments of Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Centennial Lakes (which covers the cities of Centerville, Circle Pines and Lexington), Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Lino Lakes, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Spring Lake Park and the Fire Departments of all cities and townships within the county.

The Police Departments are split into two talkgroups most of the time, Anoka South Main Dispatch (talkgroup ID 802), referred to as Channel #1 from the old VHF system, and Anoka North Main Dispatch (talkgroup ID 810), referred to as Channel #7. Departments in the north area are the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Ramsey and Saint Francis. The south area contains Blaine, Centennial Lakes, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Lino Lakes and Spring Lake Park. 

The Anoka County Fire Dispatch Main (talkgroup ID 906) is referred to as '2800' and covers all of the cities and townships in Anoka County with some combining multiple cities into single Fire Departments. The Fire Main Dispatch channel actually broadcasts on 154.280mhz for paging purposes, but is hard-patched to the digital system for interoperability and to only require fire units to have a single digital radio. The Fire Departments covered are: Andover, Anoka-Champlin, Bethel, Centennial (which covers the cities of Centerville, Circle Pines and Lino Lakes), Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lexington, Linwood, Oak Grove, Ramsey, Saint Francis and SBM (which covers the cities of Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Mounds View).
Also included are Anoka Fire Tac A (talkgroup ID 908), Anoka Fire Tac B (talkgroup ID 910),  Anoka Fire Tac C (talkgroup ID 912) and recently added Anoka Fire Tac D (talkgroup 1124). These are used for mostly larger incidents requiring multiple agencies to respond and still have the ability to communicate with eachother.
This audio is from the Anoka County Simulcast Site (multiple radio towers/locations broadcasting the voice and data transmissions simultaneously) of the MN ARMER (Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response) 800mhz P-25 digital trunking system using the primary control channel of 853.3875mhz with the alternates 851.9375mhz, 852.3875mhz, 852.8875mhz and originates from a location in Blaine, MN using a Uniden BCD996XT digital trunking scanner with a roof-mounted 800mhz antenna connected to an HP desktop w/XP via Serial Port (for alpha tags) and line out/line in configuration to the sound card (for the audio itself) using ScannerCast's RR Edition of stream software on a CenturyLink DSL internet connection. There is an APC Pro-1500 backup power supply for the desktop, scanner, modem/router with an estimated total runtime of 3-4 hours. Dynamic IP may cause the feed to briefly shut down while it changes and resets itself, so be patient if it goes down for a short period of time as this may be the cause, or I may be doing some updating to the scanner or shack that requires me to unhook some cables for a little while, but if there is a planned outage like that I will let everyone know in advance and try to plan such maintenance at the times of day/night with the least amount of listeners. Please only report problems if it is down for a very long period of time (becuase keep in mind that Broadcastify will notify me by email and other means if my feed goes down, and at regular intervals, so I'll be notified immediately of an outage anyway) or the audio quality or level isn't good enough. Those using mobile apps that support alpha tags may notice a slight offset of when the tag shows up and when the audio begins. Typically the meta-data (alpha tags) is a little bit ahead of the audio itself so you might see a tag before hearing the audio, so in most cases you will know what talkgroup will be active before you hear it (which never hurts) and it's not that far off anyway-this is normal and there isn't really anything us as providers can do about that since this issue lies with the mobile apps that support alpha tags. Winamp and other players that support alpha tags have, in my experience, been synced practically perfect with the audio and it's related alpha tag.

A basic list of talkgroup ID's and their description is as follows:

Police Departments in Anoka County are assigned ID's for each City or area and are as follows:

Adam=Andover (Anoka County Sheriff contract cars), Bravo=City of Anoka, David=Blaine, George=Centennial Lakes (Covers the cities of Circle Pines, Centerville and Lexington), Heights=Columbia Heights, Ida=Special Detail (Usually is used for units doing DWI Task Forces), King=Coon Rapids, Mary=Fridley, Ocean=Park Rangers, Robert=Lino Lakes, Union=City of Ramsey, Victor=Saint Francis, William=Spring Lake Park, X-Ray=Sheriff Transport Units, Zebra=Anoka County Sheriff's Deputies (Which also cover cities and townships without their own police departments)

 The cites of Andover, Columbus, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Nowthen and Oak Grove have contracts with the Sheriff's Dept. for coverage and do not have their own police departments. Andover has specific Sheriff's cars with the city's name under 'Anoka County Sheriff' on them and hence have their own ID/callsign(Adam), while the rest are covered by the Sheriff's Office in general under the ID 'Zebra'

 Unit ID's:
Along with the Department's ID/callsign you will hear a number before it and two after it, for example '2 David 25' (Which would be seen as 2D25 from a dispatch or police officer's view). From above we know David means it is a Blaine officer, here is what the other numbers generally mean:

First Digit:

1=Day Shift and permanent command officers (Cheif, Captains, Lt's, etc), 2=Second Shift, 3=Third Shift, 4=Swing Shift/Special Detail, 5=Non-sworn officers (CSO's, Reserves, Park Rangers, Explorers, etc), 6=Investigators, Detectives, Crime Lab, Etc, 7=SWAT, Entry Teams, Parade Details, Disasters, Off Duty Employment, 8=Off Duty radio use, 9=Transport and Court Security

 Second Digit:

Department ID listed above

 Third Digit:

(Generally is the same as the first digit) 0=Sergeant, Chief, or ranking officer on duty, 1=First Shift Officer/Deputy, 2=Second Shift Officer/Deputy, 3=Third Shift Officer/Deputy, 5=CSO (Community Service Officer)

 Fourth Digit:

Is usually the area of the officer's patrol in the city/dept, but can also just be a designation of the specific officer on duty as a simple ID number. If it is a 1 it is typically the ranking officer on duty or in the case of '1_01', the Chief. Any unit ID ending in 9, for example '3 Zebra 39' is a K-9 unit (In this case, 3Z39 is a third shift Sheriff's Deputy K-9 Unit) 


Commonly used codes and abbreviations:

10-4=Acknowledge your transmission, or simply 'ok'  10-7=Off Duty 10-8=On Duty 10-9=Repeat last transmission   10-10=Going on break   10-12=Subject present (Dispatch may ask, "Are you 10-12?" to find out if the subject or suspect is nearby or not to know if they can transmit certain information over the air) 10-28=Vehicle registration information (Often referred to as simply a '28') 10-45=Driver's license information (also, often referred to a '45' usually in conjuction with a '28' when an officer's computer isn't working correctly or isn't near the squad at the time they want the information and need to request it via radio.) 10-88=Officer needs help

Other non '10' codes commonly used are: AFIS=Automated Fingerprint Identification System, ATL=Attempt to locate, BOLO=Be on the look out, CID=Criminal Investigative Division/Crime Lab, Code Blue=Cardiac arrest, or full arrest--person with no heartbeat or not breathing, Comp=Complainant (See also-RP), CSU=Crime Scene Unit, DK=Drunk/Intoxicated, DOA=Dead on arrival (or possible DOA as more commonly heard) EOD=Explosives and ordinance disposal (or detection in the case of the EOD K-9), GOA=Gone on arrival, IBIS=Integrated Biometrics Identification System (see also-AFIS) IC=Inicdent Command (for fires) ICN=Incident control number (for police reports, basically a number given to each call), KOPS (Info or Alert)=Keeping Our Police Safe, a database and system used to record and distribute information about criminals with a violent history, especially towards Law Enforcement Officers, Corrections Agents or other authorities and public safetly officials.This gives an officer information about a person who may intend to harm him/her and take preventative measures to stop that from happening. LZ=Landing Zone (most often for air ambulances like Air Care or LifeLink for critical injuries and remote locations), MDT=Mobile Data Terminal (original name for the old computer system oficers had in their squads--they now use laptops, mainly Panasonic Toughbooks like the milatary uses). May hear this as "MDT phone call" or "info on your MDT", ME=Medical Examiner, PI=Personal Injury (most often in reference to a personal injury accident compared to a 'property damage only accident') PIT=Pursuit intervention technique (one of many ways this acronym is defined, but all mean the same thing---using the front corner of a squads car to contact and 'nudge' the fleeing vehicle's rear end resulting in it losing control and spinning out), RP=Reporting party, UNK=Unknown, UTL=Unable to Locate.

Code 1=Respond routine, no lights or sirens, obeying all traffic lights/laws, Code 2=Respond as fast as possible without using lights/sirens and obeying traffic light/laws, Code 3=Respond emergency, use lights and sirens and go through any stoplights/signs needed, as safety permits (also known as 'going on the reds), Code 4=Situatuon under control, no further assistance needed. Any units still en route/not arrived may cancel.

Police often use the old VHF system channel names with the new digital system as mentioned at the top. These are what the channel numbers you may still hear translate to: Ch #1=Police South Main Dispatch, Ch #2=Law Enforcement Admin Channel, Ch #3=Information/Warrants Channel, Ch #6=Each Police Dept's Car-to-Car (You'll often hear reference to '6' on a main channel when an officer calls for another requesting he switch to Ch #6 to speak on their department's own channel), Ch #7=Police North Main Dispatch

For fires, they assign sides on structures letter codes; A, B, C, D (and more if the buidling has more than 4 sides) A (Alpha) side is the front or main entrance to the building or structure, then it goes clock-wise from there. They are used for location reference, assignments, etc and may be heard mostly phonetically as in "We still have large flames at the Bravo-Charlie corner"


Additional FYI:

The majority of the time Anoka County Police Dispatch is split into two talkgroups (North and South Main) but from around 2:45-3:00am to 11:00am they are combined/patched into one single countywide talkgroup that all departments use at the same time when there are usually a lot fewer calls/comm's.

Any non-urgent comments, questions, suggestions (such as adding talk groups or additional items you'd like added to the feed such as EMS, State Patrol, Skywarn weather spotter frequencies, etc)etc., can be directed to and I will discuss any potential changes with you and the audience to see if it's in the best interest to make such change/additions. 

Spread the word about this feed being online and having very descriptive alpha tags and information on the Anoka County Public Safety Comminications System in general so you know what you're listening to and what most of the codes mean.

To follow reoprts and updates about incidents that occur in Anoka County I highly recommend the Facebook Page 'Anoka County Crime Watch and Information'. ACCWI's Page can be found at this link