New emergency communications scanner is online

The Post’s website is undergoing some more system changes behind the scenes. As a result, we had to switch to a new means of broadcasting local emergency communications through an online scanner.

Post's online scanner.

Post’s online scanner.

It went online on Thursday. You can listen to it on the Post’s Crime page.

The scanner has been online for a year or two, and it has become one of the most popular features on the site. If the audio stream drops offline, someone will often alert the paper within an hour or two.

We can’t track who is listening to the scanner, but anecdotally I hear it’s popular with office workers. That makes sense, because most people visit the Post’s website during general office hours. Perhaps listening to the scanner breaks up the monotony of office life for some people.

The scanner is also available to anyone. Headline pages are not counted as part of the Post’s new Membership system. Videos and photo galleries are also available for unlimited viewing.

But if you’re a regular scanner listener, we’d like to hear some feedback about the service. Does it work well, or can you suggest improvements?