it would for part of what he is or wants to listen too. the 396xt does p25 type 1, which does alot though the cities are going to p25 type II or some system that scanners just do not listen to. Or they are going encrypyted to cover their tracks. The latest and greatest is only great for a short while.
BC-396XT, BCD 296D,
KW D-700,VX10, VX7, VX3,TERMN-8R, F8-HP, GT3, UV-5, UV-3