Police in Jacksonville, Florida have removed police scanners from local newsrooms.
The police department previously rented the scanners to the news outlets (radio, TV and newspapers) but now the police are refusing access. The story above is from July, when the threat of losing the scanners became known.
News outlets have relied upon scanners for years as a why of monitoring breaking activity in their regions. Some news outlets believe the police are trying to control the information that news outlets can obtain. The police say that they are collecting the equipment because of budgetary reasons.
Many of the news outlets are asking their readers and viewers to inform them when news breaks.
Should the news outlets have access to police and fire radio signals and reports? Should that information be public?
6 months ago