Newbie Question - Scanner Type and Use Question

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OldSchool1959

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Hi All,
I've been a registered user lurking and reading for a while but the fairly recent loss of the Anne Arundel County PD Western District feed has motivated me to do something. I definitely want to control my own ability to monitor the area around my house by buying a scanner and if it isn't too heavy of a lift, I'd apply to supply the Western Feed to the other folks that got used to listening to it.
In addition to AAPD Western, I think I'd be interested in listening to AA Fire & EMS and Maryland State Police. I think I'd like to start out with something like a BCD536HP fixed in my house as I don't immediately think I would need a portable. I'm located in the northern 3rd of the 21113 zip code.
I have done some research about what capabilities I would need in a scanner (P25) but before I drop the cash, I figured I should ask in here since I'll be using it in Maryland. I am not super technical but was a comms ET in the Navy a long time ago and have programmed a couple of radios with CHIRP before and I intend on taking the HAM technician test soon.
Any suggestions, including directions to reading resources would be greatly appreciated.
 

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OldSchool1959

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Thanks gentlemen. I've already gone through the Easier to Read manual on the BCD436/536 and will go check out the other links that you have supplied.
 
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