Can a Walkie Talkie listen to a police radio?

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First, just to make sure we're on the same page, a walkie talkie is a handheld two-way radio capable of transmitting and receiving radio signals. If your particular handheld radio works in the range where some police frequencies are, then yes. Keep in mind, police frequencies can be found in 4 or 5 different bands. Walkie talkies usually are designed to work only in one band. The police in your town might be using frequencies in a band your radio can't reach. Since police frequencies are usually found in business bands, a commercial handheld radio for a given band could pick them up, but not right out of the box. You'd have to have them programmed for the appropriate frequencies or buy the programming software and do it yourself. Even then, some police channels might be encrypted for security reasons. It sounds like what you really want is a handheld scanner. Those ARE designed to do what you want to do, listen in to police where ever they are hanging out in the frequency spectrum. ... more
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