Police Scanner Blues
I thought, as I checked out free apps on iTunes. I was looking at one
called "Police Scanner." That sounds interesting. So, I
touched the download button and soon it was on my iPhone. I tried to
tune in the local cops to see what was going on, but things seemed
pretty calm on the local scene, just a lot of static.
wait, what about these other channels: Chicago, LAPD, or Detroit? I
tried Chicago and got action quickly. Police dispatchers talk in
numbers, code for the type of incident going on. However, between the
numbers they also talk in regular language. "10-67 A woman said she
was going to burn down the building,” said the scanner, “and now
there is smoke coming from it. Fire department will take this one."
3: Caller reports an intoxicated driver is crashing into cars parked on
the street." Code 3 is police talk for use your lights and siren,
this one is an emergency.
listed for a while to the wrecks, robberies, and various other crimes in
progress. It was sort of like an episode of "Cops" except it
was for real. I'm not a big crime show fan, so I soon got enough and
decided to turn it off. "Where's the 'off' button?” There didn't
seem to be one. Well, not to worry, I will return to the home screen and
that will cut it off. Besides, I have other things to do.
tossed my phone in my purse and left for the grocery store. But, as I
rounded the corner of the produce aisle, my purse began to talk.
"Screech, 211 Robbery in progress!" Where? Then I realized it
was the scanner. I took off for the milk cooler before the people who
had dived under counters could see who was giving out false alarms.
We have the suspect in custody," said my purse. "What did you
say?" asked a man with a large jug of 2% milk. "Who me" I
looked around as if looking for the offender, then smiled, trying to
show as many teeth as possible while backing away, forgetting all about
the orange juice I wanted.
telling what it would say next. The restroom. I would go to the restroom
and be sure it was turned off for real this time. "10-84 We are
going to block the road at the intersection," said my purse as I
ran down the aisle with my buggy. Dear God, the store manager will think
I am trying to sabotage the supermarket.
ducked into the restroom and yanked the phone from my purse, trying to
figure out how to turn the darn thing off. If you can turn it on, surely
you can turn it off. "Shut up, I said." A woman washing her
hands looked at me strangely. "Oh, not you, my purse." The
woman left quickly.
phone had no intention of shutting up, though. "Screech,11-85 A red
car is blocking a man's driveway. He wants the car towed. Can you check
it out?" No, I can't check it out. I was frantically pushing
buttons on the phone.
A caller said there are two police cars in front of his house. He wants
them moved or he is going to start shooting." No, no, not a gun
battle in the supermarket restroom. I finally managed to turn the volume
down before the bullets started flying.
I left without checking out my groceries, glad to escape
before being arrested for inciting panic in a public place. Wonder what
code that is? I could listen for it and see if they are coming for me.
I later figured out that the only way to turn the
scanner off was to turn the phone off. "10-3 You are going to stay
turned off from now on," I mumbled holding down the 'off' button on
"10-4" said the phone as it faded away.