Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
(Torrington, Wyo.) - Scanner listeners from around the world can now tune into the Goshen County Wyoming Scanner without having to own an expensive physical unit, thanks to some local volunteers.
The group behind the Scotts Bluff County Scanner is happy to announce the launch of their newest stream that covers all police and ems agencies in the City of Torrington and the County of Goshen, Wyoming.
According to parent company WyoBraska Scanners Co-Founder and President Brandon Ritterbush, "the GCS stream does include all local agencies, but does not include the Wyoming Highway Patrol since they cover more than just Goshen County."
"Meetings with the supporting local agencies have gone very well and we are looking forward to building our local audience through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media as well as our website," added Brian Hale, Co-Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit group.
To listen to the Goshen County Scanner, or any police scanner in the world that is online, simply download a police scanner app from your app store and search for Goshen County. If you prefer to stay away from downloading apps, they recommend using their mobile version at www.goshencountyscanner.com.
To learn more about the group and what they do, there is more information including their mission statement at www.scottsbluffcountyscanner.com.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about listening to a police scanner radio?
> Police and Crime
> Fire and Rescue
> Severe Weather
> Missing Persons
> Safety and Awareness
If you picked Police and Crime, then you'll like our coverage of this type of news.
We do much more than just share someone else's news, as some might think.
Not only do we share all relavent crime and police related stories, but in some permissible instances, we also provide current crime alerts before the story even breaks.
The scanner stream we provide is a Breaking News source that is sometimes used by others. We love it. We are all working together to inform the community and it does not matter who gets it first. Accuracy is more important than speed, everytime, in our book.
We also provide follow-up on certain crime stories, so that our readers get more than the standard press release.
We tend to dig deeper into the issues, looking for that which normally goes unnoticed.
We stand up for the little guy, against the bully and we take action.
We also despise gross injustice when it comes to the system.
We have several veteran criminal investigators with us at TEAM SCANNER who are relentless in their pirsuit of truth and are unbelievable at discovery of lies and half-truths.
You can expect some incredible journalistic and investigatory work to come out of our busy Police & Crime Division headed up by Mariah Brady and Sandy Long.
Another benefit of listening to and following the scanner is Neighborhood Awareness. We believe it's better to be aware of your surroundings than to be blindsided. A thief, a sexual predator, a child abductor... don't you want to know if those kinds of crimes and criminals are nearby? You have a right to know.
Awareness and Preparedness are keys.
Our police officers are out there fighting crime, and doing things some can't imagine!
We back the blue and encourage you to.
Please remember, intentional or not, NEVER interfere in a crime or accident scene.
When we first looked into broadcasting the police scanner feed, we believed that most people would listen to the scanner and follow our Facebook page because of the coverage we provide on Police and Crime. Indeed, there is a real interest in finding out who's in trouble for what. Many of you may enjoy watching LivePD or COPS episodes, like we some of us do. That's not because we are criminals. It's not because we want to go stick our noses in someone else's trouble. We provide our service free of charge to the community because we care about people.
However, we did NOT realize how much impact we have in helping locate runaways and missing children and adults, and in praying for and consoling the family during the search process. After helping bring a couple of these runaways home, we realized how helpful the scanner project is to the community. We are humbled by the family members appreciation for what we do to help and we are very thankful to the members in our community for the help they give us. It's the people who have the power to get the information out there quickest.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Our Vision is to develop the largest volunteer news organization on the planet by setting up scanner communities like ours all across the country.
Our Mission is to stay informed as Citizens, to keep others informed when appropriate, to support our law enforcement officials and first responders, and to hold our public officials accountable.
We believe that developing relationships with people in the community is a vital part of what we do. We believe in helping others, and we want to work with others that are willing to make a difference in the community.
- To provide the highest quality listening stream possible with a full-time engineer as equipment host.
- To provide Breaking News and information in our 5 primary categories in a timely manner, with more of the story than the standard press release, through our Facebook page and other social media.
- To encourage adult conversation, even debate, without the typical bullying found on Facebook.
- To continue to build our network of volunteers who want to make a difference in the community by joining TEAM SCANNER.
Stacey Cleays - Vice President
Jeri Johnson - Secretary/Treasurer
General Board Members : There are 11 General Board Members. As long as you want to volunteer and are not overwhelmed, there are no term limits, however each election year is open to new candidates, so your re-election to the Board is not automatic.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
(Scottsbluff, Neb) We take severe weather warnings very seriously at Scotts Bluff County Scanner. We are constantly scanning weather maps, radars, and other Warning Systems to help the community in case of any severe weather event. However, please keep in mind that we are a team of part-time citizen volunteers, and are NOT an official NOAA broadcast outlet. Our scanner license is to broadcast police and ems only, so we leave the weather to our friends at KNEB and the National Weather Service.
There is also an online course offered through the website listed below which carries the description;
"This course covers the basics of being a SKYWARN Spotter. The goal of the course is to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple modules covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and spotter report criteria) and safety considerations for all hazards."
This course is designed for any individual who is interested in becoming a registered SKYWARN Spotter or learning more about the SKYWARN Spotter program and is free of charge to all individuals.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
by Brian Hale, Chief Editor Scanner News
Nebraska Life Expectancy reports that the CDC statistics portray a glum outlook on the causes of death across the country. We were shocked to learn that Suicide is the #1 cause of death in Nebraska between the ages of 15-24, 25-34 and 35-44!
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Friday, March 9, 2018
LISTENING to the Scotts Bluff County Scanner without a physical scanner has been made possible by Hale Multimedia and friends since 2009.
WAYS TO LISTEN
Download any popular police scanner app
Just visit your favorite app store and search for 'police scanner'. Once you have a third party app, just search for Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska.
If you prefer to avoid downloading anything to your phone, you should consider the following ways to listen;
Use the Web Player from Broadcastify
Listen via our Website by Hale Multimedia
If you visit our website from your pc or tablet, keep in mind that you will get our Scanner News website that has links to several ways to listen, found easily on the top left. Visiting via mobile renders our mobile app.
Speaking of that, you may want to try out our own SBCS MOBILE APP (that magically does not have to be downloaded to your phone).
SBCS Mobile brings it all together into one easy to use lightweight app where you can LISTEN to the scanner, follow and interact with us on Facebook, check out our Latest Tweets, read our Scanner News, view Photos and More, Learn about SBCS and even request to join Team Scanner!
Just visit our website from your smartphone to automatically get our mobile app, shown here.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
(Scottsbluff, Neb) The panhandle of Nebraska has always had a multitude of media choices and we understand that. We know that the Twin Cities does not need another news source, especially one similar to all the rest. With all the many local sources, combined with even more social media sources, we felt the community needed a FILTER.
Our human filters are the key.
Once all the junk is filtered, our followers get only the news that applies to these categories.
- Police and Crime
- Fire and Rescue
- Severe Weather
- Missing Persons
- Public Safety
- We not only share pertinent news stories from local and national news sources, but we also generate news on many occasions.
- There have been many times that our community of followers makes us aware of potential news events.
- Sometimes news develops from listening directly to the scanner.
- There are even times when one of our volunteer citizen reporters are able to be on scene before anyone else.
- As citizens, we also feel the duty to hold our public officials accountable by being the community watchdog that stands up for the common citizen.
That's how Scotts Bluff County Scanner is different.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
TERMS OF USAGE as of MARCH 2018
We established our official Terms of Usage on March 1, 2018 for Scotts Bluff County Scanner, also known as SBCS at our first official organizational meeting. We feel that our policies are very straightforward and are based on common sense and decency. Since these new Terms of Usage came into effect in 2018, you may find posts prior to March 1, 2018 that are not in accordance with our news terms. We encourage you to privately contact us to make us aware, so that we may then take appropriate action on the old post. We try hard to avoid any posts that are inappropriate or slanted in either direction politically, or otherwise divisive in nature.
As the owners and administrators of Scotts Bluff County Scanner, we reserve the right to remove any visitor post to the page or comment that we deem inappropriate. This includes, but is not limited to, comments that appear bullying in nature, contain inappropriate language, are blatantly disrespectful toward an individual or a group, are racist, attacking or threatening.
SBCS reserves the right to "ban" anyone from our page for any reason, usually after review by at least two SBCS Board Officers.
Policy on Banned Users
If you have found yourself in the odd predicament of being banned from the SBCS facebook page, there is a way to possibly regain access. The SBCS Board of Directors is willing to review your case. Applicants will submit a written statement explaining why they believed they were banned, an apology for the action that resulted in the ban and a pledge to play nice. The SBCS Board Officers will make the final decision and take appropriate action.
Posts You Don't Like
If you see any particular post you don't like because you disagree with it or in the reason why we posted it, you do not have to unfollow our page (or get banned for an inappropriate comment). Simply click on the little arrow in the top right of the post and click on "turn off notifications". That way you will not be bothered with updates from that post. If you do not like us in general or just want to be critical of HOW we manage our page, then we suggest you do unfollow. This is not a popularity or beauty contest, and we are all volunteers with real jobs in the real world.
Public Safety and Crime Scene Integrity
The safety of our officers, first responders and the general public is a top priority at SBCS, especially during an active scene. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE everyone to AVOID the scene, but IF you do find yourself at one, ALWAYS respect and obey the perimeter officers on duty. You will learn more by staying home and simply listening to the scanner and following our news feeds. SBCS has a team of editors that are updating constantly, sometimes before other media sources in the area. Solving crimes and reconstructing accident scenes require the gathering of much evidence so crime scene integrity is a high priority.
We recommend you STAY AWAY, LISTEN IN, FOLLOW ONLINE and INTERACT!
Community Involvement and Awareness
We believe the power of knowledge and community awareness is in the people of the community. We believe in a concept called Crowdsourcing. It's the people in the Community getting involved to make a difference. We all know that those who pledge to Protect and Serve us are underpaid, understaffed and under appreciated and lately, under attack! We want to help. We back the blue and we encourage the community to be involved in a way that discourages crime, helps those who are struggling and cooperates with law enforcement.
To get notifications on a post, do not use a period(.) to follow a post. To get notifications on a post, simply click the arrow in the top right corner of the post and then click "get notifications for this post".
Policy on Victim's Names and Other Sensitive Information
Our policy on Victim's names is to NEVER post anything heard over the scanner or social media. We do NOT post patient information on accident posts. First Responders and Dispatchers are NOT allowed to give names over the open broadcast channels, anyway. If we have a story on someone, it's because we have contacted the family directly and made absolute sure that we have their approval to post their name(s) or any other information. Our service contains a serious human element and we pledge to be compassionate and respectful.
We do allow family members to post updates on victims of accidents and/or their name and victims may post updates on themselves. SBCS reserves the right to hide or delete any comment that might infringe on a Victim or family's privacy, whether it be untimely or just inappropriate.
Policy on Photos
Please do not post crime or accident scene photos to our page. You may send them by messaging the page, using the Send Message button.
Posting Severe Weather photos to our page as a visitor or as a post is allowed unless other inappropriate.
Use caution while driving at all times, obeying local and state laws. We do NOT encourage taking photos while driving unless a hands free device or mount is used.
Policy on Fundraisers
Please do not post fundraisers or requests for fundraisers to our page. You may send them by messaging the page, using the Send Message button. We will discuss it and take appropriate action.
Ten years ago the only way to listen to Scotts Bluff County was to own a physical scanner and program in the channels you wanted to listen to. Today you can click on a link and start listening instantly, thanks to some local volunteers.
The idea of doing something more for Scotts Bluff County first came about in 2009 when Brian Hale, an entrepreneur and local media business owner, was approached by a friend with the idea of acquiring the license to broadcast the live scanner signal over the internet, like several other counties in Nebraska were already doing.
The official formation of the group known as Scotts Bluff County Scanner (SBCS) took place on March 1st of this year at the Scottsbluff Fairfield Inn with six volunteers members physically present and several others via conference call. Under the leadership of Brian Hale, the group formed a Board of Directors of 12 individuals who then elected their Officers for 2018, naming Brandon Ritterbush as President/Treasurer, Stacey Cleays as Vice President, and Jeri Johnson as Secretary.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The concept of the Scotts Bluff County Scanner first came about in 2009 when entrepreneur and local business owner Brian Hale was approached by a friend with the the idea of acquiring the license to broadcast the live scanner signal over the internet, like several other counties in Nebraska were already doing.
We were granted the license on the first application, had an old computer setup in the garage, connected a nice scanner to it and we were online! In fact, the whole scanner project has been a natural phenomenon since it's inception in 2009. In the first 48 hours we had hundreds of followers - and it has grown steadily ever since with over 6,000 patrons living in 20 states and abroad.
In 2014, the Scotts Bluff County Scanner made the leap from being a part-time hobby to a more serious, full-time venture when we brought on Brandon Ritterbush. We just needed a scanner host. We had no idea Brandon had so many talents and such a huge heart for serving the community.
Brandon then introduced us to our technical engineer who works behind the scenes to ensure the feed stays online and sounding good.
Throughout the years, we have continued to improve the user experience through equipment upgrades and the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers.
By 2017, the popularity and interaction with our Scanner Facebook page was at an all-time high and people were depending on us for timely information in the community.
In order to widen and balance our coverage, we decided to bring on board a few additional volunteer admins to help monitor and share local news pertinent to our five major categories; Police & Crime, Fire & Rescue, Severe Weather, Missing Persons, and Public Safety (Community Awareness).
Before we knew it the team had grown to more than a dozen trusted individuals. Several of us had never met in person, so an official first meeting of the Scotts Bluff County Scanner group was called with founder Brian Hale presiding. The meeting took place on March 1, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn in Scottsbluff. The group has pledged to continue to meet and even form a Board of Directors.