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Pinellas County Sheriff and Fire and St. Petersburg Police

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Pinellas County Sheriff and Fire and St. Petersburg Police

Sheriff's Office Dispatch and primary TAC channels, Pinellas Park Police, and St. Petersburg Police. County Fire channels removed as of 02/06/2012. Please enjoy the new Fire/EMS feed.

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Pinellas County Florida is the "other" county of the Tampa Bay Florida area.  Comprised of 22 municipalities and 13 police departments, the county seat is Clearwater and the largest city is St. Petersburg.  Pinellas County is 496 square miles of suburban and urban area completely surrounded by water, and it has the highest population density of any county in the State of Florida with a permanent population of approximately 900,000 and a minimum of an additional 100,000 visitors at any given time.  Both the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and St. Petersburg Police have approximately the same number of law enforcement officers, however; the Sheriff is also responsible for the Courts and the Jail.  Due to the high amount of radio traffic, only St. Petersburg PD and Pinellas County S.O. South, and Pinellas Park PD are on this feed.  An attempt was made include smaller towns who have their own dispatchers, however; the radio traffic level was too high and many interesting events were missed on the primary police channels over a two week testing period.

This feed provides primary St. Petersburg Police Channels for patrol operations, talk groups 1A through 1C and secondary channels 1D along with 2A through 2C. This feed also provides Pinellas County Sheriff's Office feed for patrol operations channels A1 through A5 and B1 through B5 and Pinellas Park Dispatch. Additional channels may be added during special events, including Amateur Radio Skywarn/ACS frequencies during severe weather.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement protection for approximately 350,000 people in the unincorporated areas of Pinellas County, as well as under contract for the following incorporated towns:  Dunedin, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, Indian Rocks Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Seminole, Belleair Bluffs Belleair Beach and South Pasadena.  The Sheriff's Office also provides communications under contract for the police departments of Indian/Redington Shores, Gulfport (as of 01/01/2012) and Kenneth City.   The following channels are set for continuous monitoring for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office:

A1) South county including Tierra Verde, South Pasadena, St. Petersburg, Lealman, Kenneth City, Gandy, Pinellas Park, Seminole Park and Highpoint.

A2) Central county including Seminole, Ridgecrest, Baskins, Harbor Bluffs, Belleair Bluffs and the Gulf Beaches

A3) North county between State Road 60 and State Road 584, including Clearwater, Dunedin, and Safety Harbor.

A4) North county north of State Road 584 to the Pasco County Line, including Ozona, Palm Harbor, Crystal Beach, Oldsmar, Wall Springs, and Tarpon Springs.

A5) Specialized patrol units countywide.

Each primary channel has a "bravo" channel (ie, B1 to B5) which corresponds to the primary channel for individual incidents and car to car traffic which are also being scanned.  The bravo channels are used when searching for a suspect, working a perimeter, or for operational command of a situation.

Patrol callsigns follow the pattern of Sector + Squad + Unit Number + Shift code.  Example: Sector 14 Alpha works in Squad 1 (Lealman) on the day shift.  Sector 84 Charlie works north of State Road 584 on the midnight shift.   The unit number ending in "9" is  the squad corporal (ie: S19A) and the unit number ending in "0" is the Squad Sergeant (ie: S20B).  Other common unit callsigns include "Tango" for traffic patrol, "Echo" for the DUI squad, "K" for canine, "Marine" for the Marine Unit, Lima for the Environmental Lands Unit.  Any callsign beginning with "Mike" is an off-duty unit in his or her take home patrol car.  You may hear "900" units, "November" units, "Indigo" units and "TAC" units on the patrol channels.  These are detectives who only use the patrol channels when reporting an in-progress incident or working directly with patrol units.  The term "Eagle" refers to the Sheriff's Helicopter.  Eagle monitors all primary channels and provides air support for all agencies in Pinellas County.  Any unit identifying as "Car #" holds the rank of lieutenant or higher.  Car 1 is the Sheriff.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is divided into three Districts.  D1 is South of Central Avenue and East of I-275.  D2 is North of Central Avenue and East of I-275.  D3 is everything in the city limits west of I-275, essentially south of 40th Avenue N to the Gulfport City Limits.  The unit designators are Shift +Squad +Unit + Area (ie: 331A is the evening shift, district 3, unit 3, area Alpha car.  Sergeants are identified with "S" + Shift + Unit, (ie: S33 is the District 3, squad 3 sergeant.  SPPD does not have corporals.  SPPD patrol uses a convention of always calling out locations by avenue then street.  A location of 34 and 4 is 34th Avenue N and 4th Street N.  A location of 5-9 is 5th Avenue South and 9th Street South.

This feed is provided on an ASUS netbook running Windows XP and an old Radio Shack PRO-2050 trunktracker on a FiOS internet connection.  The computer has its own battery and the FiOS modem, router, and scanner are on a battery backup/surge protector.  This feed will not be taken down during severe weather and will only be dropped if the power fails for too long or there is an interruption with the FiOS internet connection.  Pinellas County is undergoing a continual rebanding process from the 856-866 range to the 851-856 range under Project 25.  The day will come when my scanner can no longer receive the control channel.