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Erie County Police & Law Enforcement

Last updated on 06-15-2013.

This page provides information on monitoring law enforcement communications in Erie county, PA, including local police, sheriff, state police, and other law enforcement agencies.

ERIE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Erie City Police Department is probably one of the best things in the county to tune in to.  Especially in the evenings and on weekends in the summertime, the department is often very active with calls.  If you live in fringe areas, however, outside of the city, the main dispatch channel may be something you’ll want to lock out, because the constant chatter can cause you to lose focus on the agencies closer into your area.  The department operates on several UHF frequencies in the 460 MHZ range, with the primary ones being repeated.  The department is dispatched by the county 911 dispatchers.  Cars are numbered by a letter and a number, and the letters are often said phonetically on-air (i.e., Alpha 1, Bravo 8, India 5, etc.) When the “air is held,” meaning a call is in progress that the officers feel is significant enough that they need a channel to themselves, all other traffic moves to Channel 2, and a beep every few seconds on “1” lets you know that something’s happening.  There are also other simplex operating frequencies for the department, but I will not list them here for officer safety.

Erie Police Department Frequencies

Freq (MHZ): channel/usage: repeater/simplex (r equals repeater; s equals simplex)

460.05: Erie Police ;child.  1, dispatch: r

460.200: Erie Police ;child.  2, car to car/investigation/secondary dispatch: r

460.250: Erie Police ;child.  3, traffic enforcement/car to station: r

Other simplex operating frequencies are not listed for officer safety.

MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Millcreek Police Department operates on a repeater system.  This system and the department covers the entirety of Millcreek Township, and the repeater’s coverage extends out to scanner listeners across much of the northern part of the county.  The department is quite active, particularly with incidents on Upper Peach Street.  Presque Isle rangers formerly operated on the frequency for safety reasons overnight, but with the new Presque Isle system it is unknown if PI rangers still practice this.

Millcreek Twp.  Police Department Frequencies

Freq (MHZ): channel/usage: repeater/simplex (r equals repeater, s equals simplex)

154.800: Millcreek Police dispatch: r

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE

The PA State Police cover the rural parts of the county with law enforcement services from Troop E.  This agency now primarily uses the PA Starnet Open Sky statewide trunked system, and this system cannot be received by any scanner on the market today.  However, it has been reported that periodic activity remains on the old VHF channels.  That includes tactical and car to car communications, as well as dispatch/law enforcement communications when problems arise with the TRS.

According to an unofficial source, state police are in the process of revamping and rebuilding their VHF radio system.  This new system will be in compliance with the narrowbanding rules, and will be used as a backup to or in addition to the primary TRS.  A combination of the old VHF frequencies and new, narrowbanded frequencies will reportedly be used.  At this time, I will include the old VHF channels that may still be in use and will update this section when I learn more about PSP and VHF.  As of 01-2013 I have still seen no new frequencies being officially listed, and I have seen no official word on the progress of this system.  However, I have heard some periodic activity on the below frequencies.

PA State Police Old VHF Frequencies

Freq (MHZ): channel/usage: repeater/simplex (r equals repeater, s equals simplex)

155.58: PSP Erie base: s

154.95: PSP Erie mobiles: s

154.665: PSP Girard base: s

158.91: PSP Girard mobiles: s

154.92: PSP Corry base: s

154.83: PSP Corry mobiles: s

154.755: PSP mobile to mobile: s

159.21: PSP portable to portable: s

155.46: PSP tac 1: s

151.49: PSP tac 2: s

155.79: PSP tac 3: s

154.905: PSP tac west: s

SUBURBAN AND RURAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS

Things will get quite a bit quieter on your scanner if you are outside of Erie and Millcreek, but there’s still activity to keep you busy.  Many small municipalities in the county have their own police departments, and, therefore, their own frequencies.  These include Girard, Lake City, Albion, Lawrence Park, North East, Edinboro, Union City, and Corry.  West County police departments (Albion, Girard, and Lake City) are currently dispatched by the Erie County 911 center on one centralized repeater; there are also 3 simplex tac frequencies for car to car and tactical communications.

East County police departments (North East, Wesleyville and Lawrence Park) currently are dispatched by the East County Comm Center.  South county departments (Edinboro, Corry, and Union City) each dispatch themselves.  A migration to Erie County 911 center dispatching is expected.

Suburban/Rural Police Department Frequencies

Freq (MHZ): channel/usage: repeater/simplex (r equals repeater, s equals simplex)

158.745: West County (Albion, Girard, Lake City) dispatch: r

155.13: West Co.  tac.  2: s

155.715: West Co.  tac.  3: s

155.76: West Co.  tac.  4: s

460.150: Lawrence Park/Wesleyville police dispatch: r

453.300: North East police dispatch: r

155.43: Edinboro/Corry police dispatch: s

154.71: Union City police dispatch: s

ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF’s OFFICE

The Erie County Sheriff also operates in parts of the county.  However, for the most part, their duties do not involve intense law enforcement, but instead courthouse security and transports.  You should have their frequency programmed, though, just in case; it isn’t active enough that it will tie up your radio.

Erie County Sheriff Frequencies

Freq (MHZ): channel/usage: repeater/simplex (r equals repeater, s equals simplex)

158.79: Erie County sheriff operations: r

PRESQUE ISLE AND DCNR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RANGERS

The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has law enforcement and forest operations frequencies for the state-owned forestland in Erie County.  Additionally, frequencies are given to Presque Isle rangers and DCNR personnel for park operations and law enforcement operations.

DCNR, as of Jan.  1, 2013, in compliance with FCC rules, has completely narrowbanded their radio system.  An operations repeater based in Waterford on 151.385 is listed but so far I have not heard anything here yet.  However, I believe it is on-air.  This repeater would correspond with a talkgroup on the PA Starnet radio system, for operation on both VHF portables and 800 MHZ mobiles and bases.

Presque Isle has also been given several new frequencies for rangers, lifeguards, and maintenance.  However it is unclear if they are currently in use.  I have found the ranger and maintenance repeaters to be apparently active with the designated traffic in the past, with many transmissions sounding digital as if through the link to Starnet.  In June 2013, however, official information from Presque Isle State Park stated that they were not using these frequencies and were operating entirely on the Starnet system.  So at this time it is unclear of the status of these frequencies.  Regardless, there are also other talkgroups on the TRS not patched to VHF where operations may occur.

Something else worth noting is that any of the repeater output frequencies may be used by rangers in those areas for VHF direct (simplex) communications.  Presque Isle has been allowed to keep their old main channel, 158.85, as a “secondary direct” frequency.

DCNR Frequencies

Freq (MHZ): channel/usage: repeater/simplex (r equals repeater, s equals simplex)

151.445: Presque Isle SP rangers, patched to Starnet: r (1, see below)

151.4: Presque Isle SP lifeguards, patched to Starnet: r (1, see below)

151.16: Presque Isle SP maintenance, patched to Starnet: r (1, see below)

158.85: Presque Isle SP “direct 2”: s (2, see below)

151.385: DCNR narrowbanded ops repeater, Waterford, patched to TRS: r (3, see below)

1: These frequencies are reportedly not being used by PISP personnel, and that they are operating exclusively on 800 MHZ.  The status of their usage is unclear at this time.

2: 158.85 is part of the old wideband system and was the old simplex operations freq for Presque Isle SP.  Indications are that this frequency will be maintained as a secondary direct frequency with the new system.

3: The DCNR narrowbanded VHF system is still quite new but should be up and running at this time.  This repeater will be tied into the PA Starnet Open Sky statewide trunked system; each repeater site will have a corresponding talkgroup on the system.



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