This is a question I get often, what frequency is the Bridgeport Police on. Its the same frequency they have always been on, the difference is they are digitally encrypted so no scanner can hear the communications. So how do I monitor them? I have received special permission from the chief of police to purchase a modified Bridgeport Police radio. It is a standard portable handheld Motorola radio. It had to be modified so that if I key the microphone I cannot broadcast, and it only receives channel one (of six), the dispatch channel. It wasn’t cheap either, $1,500. Fortunately local businessman Jeremy Brock from Recover MyFlashDrive.com came to our rescue and purchased it in exchange for advertising. Jeremy was one our first advertisers. Jeremy was also so kind as to let us report from his business when the power went out for over a week during the last hurricane.
The Bridgeport Police went digitally encrypted a few years back because the officers were challenged by the bad guys being able to monitor their every move. Often times they would catch drug dealers listening to them on their phone app. It also aided them in knowing the locations of patrols. even in police pursuits. RadioReference.com still has some police departments that you can listen to, but they are delayed by a minimum of fifteen seconds so it does not assist the bad guys in pursuits. Keep in mind when I post locations of police pursuits, that by the time I write the post and hit send minutes have gone by so we aren’t tipping anyone off.
As far as I know Connecticut Post, News12 and myself were the only news organizations to make the investment on the radios. DoingItLocal.com is the only news site that lets you know in real time what is happening in your neighborhood. Pretty important information when there is a manhunt in your backyard!