And that's the big problem. Most departments would fall into the first sentence, but the few that fall into the second make you want to stop calling, even if you see something directly.The police can't be everywhere, and the more eyes and ears out there, the better.
Some departments have the mentality that they don't need the help and feel insulted by citizen assistance.
I've ALWAYS carried a portable scanner. [Maine / NH, So Carolina, and here in Texas talked with MANY LEO's and Fire/EMS personal thru the years and NEVER had a single person comment on my scanner on my belt [always had an earphone] I've made many scanner land calls and they LEO's are always happy to hear from me and let me know it. I've never been checked out because i have a scanner.QUOTE=car55;1658815]I don't think it is good idea taking the scanner in car or out on foot . Some states it is illegal to do that.
And more importantly law enforcement hate it and do not know what you up to .When you call in to help out I'm sure they like it that you are trying to help out but at the same time it confirms there are many scanner people out there and many would hate that.
Yes, they do hate it with a passion
Most of the public does not understand scanners never mind law enforcement .Also when the cops stop you they will be up tight to they know what you doing and you do not have any weapons on you and they run you ID that you have no warrants or any criminal record and only than do they feel more relaxed.
Also getting stop in a crime infested area than getting stop in a sleepy area with very low crime is going to get a different response.