Argus 911: The scanner

OK, first off, I have to apologize. I said we’d make this a weekly feature, but I got busy with other assignments last week and neglected to post a blog post. So, sorry! I’ll try not to forget in the future.

In this round of Q&A, we’ll talk a little about the questions we’ve received about the scanner. It’s important to note, however, that we do much more than sit and listen to the scanner and tweet. When a serious situation arises, we’re devoted to being on scene and talking to police and neighbors in that area, and getting as much information as we can, as quickly as we can, to keep the public updated. The scanner is just one tool we use to help us stay on top of crime and other public safety situations. 

Q: What frequency are you tuned into?

A: Several of us have the 5-0 App on our iPhones, and we also listen online here.  We listen to the channel which covers Minnehaha County and the City of Sioux Falls.

Q: What do the codes mean?

A:Dispatchers with  Metro Communications call incidents out in codes, to let officers know how urgent the call is. Codes range from 1-4, with a Code 1 being the least serious. Most serious injury-accidents are considered a Code 3, while someone with a smaller cut on their hand would be considered a Code 1. Code 4 is typically used when officials respond to a breathing problem.

Q: What information do we get from the scanner?

A: Usually information like addresses of incidents, conditions of patients, and road closures if there’s a need. It’s a starting point for us, and further information comes from law enforcement and other officials.

That’s all this week. Check back next Friday for another installment of the Q&A.

Have a question? Feel free to leave them in the comment section of this blog post or shoot me an email: bwisch@argusleader.com.

As always, thank you to all our Argus 911 followers. Your eyes and ears have helped us tremendously.

-Beth