Police Scanner is a feather-light and portable app that facilitates access to some police scanners across US and Canada (only the Waterloo region). It monitors the Broadcastify website and loads the police scanners in media players, providing quality audio streaming.
No setup required
There is no installation pack involved, which makes the software utility portable. You can save the downloaded executable file anywhere on the disk or on a USB flash drive and double-click it to launch the application on any computer with minimum effort. It doesn't change your Windows registry configuration.
Easily load police scanners
As far as the interface is concerned, Police Scanner adopts a small window that contains only a button for expanding a list with all police scanners available: Chicago, Omaha, Detroit, Queensland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Columbus, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Virginia Beach, New Jersey, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Memphis, Denver, or Waterloo Region (Canada).
Clicking an entry from the list immediately brings up a small media player to the screen, where the audio streaming is automatically loaded and you can check out the scanner name and website which supplies the service (Broadcastify). It's possible to adjust the volume level, pause or stop playback, as well as to load multiple police scanners from different areas at the same time.
Evaluation and conclusion
As we expected, it had minimal impact on the overall performance of the machine in our tests, running on low CPU and RAM. It worked smoothly, without triggering the operating system to hang, crash or prompt error messages. Although it hasn't been updated for a long while, it runs on newer Windows editions.
To conclude, Police Scanner offers a simple and effective solution for monitoring multiple US and Waterloo police scanners at the same time, and it can be handled with ease by all types of users.