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The Hunter Region is made up from the following patrol areas :- Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Waratah, Lower Hunter, Hunter Valley and Manning Great Lakes. In these areas the police radio network utilise VHF and UHF frequencies to offer coverage and support to the officers on the streets. You will find the UHF DIgital p25 encrypted frequencies listed, these frequencies also cover other areas throughout the state. Try scanning all the frequencies to see if you can hear the other regions using the network.

Primary Channels for Newcastle
467.8875 NAC 526
468.425 NAC 526
468.675 NAC 526
468.975 NAC 526
469.275 NAC 526
Other Channels
469.000 (used at Energy Australia Stadium heard analog and digital)

Hunter Channels Digital
468.100 NAC 61F
469.075 NAC 61F
469.2625 NAC 61F
468.375 NAC 61F
469.3125 468.4125 468.1875 468.7125 468.5500 467.8500

Because of the size of our region there are various link frequencies in operation to link various transmitter sites. Some of these links only operate on certain areas and are generally low powered. Therefor you may not be able to hear them from your listening post.

During pursuits you will hear the dispatcher ask what category vehicle they

are in, Below is a rough outline of the vehicles

Cat 1 HWP cars

Cat 2 all other marked sedans and station wagons

Cat 3 caged trucks, but rodeos have been down graded

Cat 4 Rodeos and 4WD's, semi marked cars

Cat 5 everything else

Police Radio Jargon

1st Instant warrant A directive informing police that a person is to be arrested the first time the person comes to the attention of police

556-A No conviction recorded

A.I.S Accident Investigation Squad ( now known as the crash investigation unit)

A.V.O Apprehended Violence Order

Alcometer Used to measure the amount of alcohol consumed by a person

Alpha One officer operating in the vehicle. (eg:- officer is one out)

B.A.S. Breath Analyse Section

Bench Radio technicians section

C.A.N Court Appearence Notice

C.I.U. Crash Investigations Unit

CIDS Computerised Incident Dispatch System

C.N.I. Central Names Index (formerly known as the Criminal Names Index)

C.S.O. Corrective Service Order

Cops System Computer program containing information on individuals

Covert Unmarked vehicle or plain clothed officer

Custody Manager Sgnt. in charge of prisoners in custody

DATS District Anti Theft Squad

DIGOS Call sign for anti crime task force

D.O.I. Duty Operations Inspector

D.V.L.O Domestic Violence Liason Officer

D.V.O. Domestic Violence Order

Dual fit Vehicle fitted with VHF and UHF radios

Eaglenet Internal telephone system used on a state wide basis

F.A.C.E. Facial Ageing Computer Enhancing

F.C.A.N. Feild Court Appearence Notice

Furphy Hoax call

Govt. Contractor Funeral organisation which holds contract for removing deceased persons from scene.

I.A. Internal Affairs

I.L.S. Integrated Licensing System

I.P. Intoxicated Person

Informant Person providing information

Intell Abbreviated for Intelligence

L.I.D.A.R Handheld speed radar unit (on radio sounds like "lightarm", Doesn't Garry LOL)

M.F.R. Mobile Field Radio

M.V.A. Motor Vehicle Accident

Negotiator Trained individual who attempts to negotiate or counsel an offender to prevent further events

NVI National Vehicle Index

PAL Police Assistance Line. A telephone service to reduce the need for officers to attend minor incidents

P.4 MVA which due to injuries or damage to property has to be reported to police on a P.4 form

P.5 Self reporting form for a MVA where no injuries or little damage has occurred.

P.C.A. Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol

P.O.I. Person Of Interest

Polair Police Airwing Section

Portable suffix to call sign denoting use of a portable radio

R.B.T. Random Breath Test

Radio Secure Adjust volume or move location so other persons can not hear radio

Rostered Tow Police requesting tow for a vehicle with next towing company on a list held at the police station containing tow firms in the area.

RTA System Roads & Traffic Auth. registration and licensing computer program

SOCO Scenes Of Crime Officer

S.O.O Senior Operations Officer

S.P.S.U. State Protection Support Unit (similar to swat)

S.V.I. Stolen Vehicle Index

Signal One Police in distress - urgent assistance required

Slant Type of speed camera used

TAG Target Action Group

Urgent Code for essential information to be passed

V.I.P. Volunteer in Policing

Warb Homeless Person

Warrant A written authorisation allowing police search or arrest rights regarding an individual


Your Local Area Command (LAC)

A Local Area Command is a geographical area in which police are responsible for safety in the community. Commands are usually situated and aligned relative to Local Government Areas due to legislative guidelines that affect different areas.   Each officer in the command has a different role to undertake. Below is a brief description of officers and their duties in your Local Area Command.




Local Area Commander (LAC)

rank :                Superintendent

The Local Area Commander manages the command, providing leadership and motivation. They also ensure adequate supervision, training, and career development for all staff and encourage community and staff participation in local initiatives.


Duty Officer

rank :                Inspector or Acting Inspector

The Duty officer supports the LAC in identifying issues, criminal activities and community concerns. Together they develop, co-ordinate and plan operational activities to address local crime related problems.  Each Command may have a number of Duty Officers who directly assume the authority of the LAC in his absence.  They are often mobile and in direct supervision of operational units and teams within the Command.   On some occasions, Duty Officers assume authority over units in neighbouring Commands, for example, high speed pursuits and emergencies during the absence/incapacity of native Duty Officers.


Station Manager

rank :                Sergeant to Inspector

The Station Manager manages the day-to-day running and administration within each station.  They control and supervise the handling of exhibits and properties. 


Custody Manager

rank:                Constable to Sergeant

The Custody Manager is solely responsible for the safety and well-being of persons in custody at a police station. 


Crime Manager

rank :                Detective Inspector

The Crime  Manager directs and co-ordinates all major investigations within the command.   This also includes the direction and supervision of Task Forces or Strike Forces who are detailed to investigate individual major crimes or major criminal activity within the Command.  The Crime Manager is also responsible for the efficient running of the Crime Management Unit (CMU) which is a team of officers who collate, analyse and disseminate all information and intelligence that affects operational policing within the Command.


Team Leader/Shift Supervisor

rank :                Sergeant

This officer assesses shift requirements for the patrol. They allocate police officers and monitor their work load and safety. 



Highway Patrol Supervisor

rank :                Senior Constable to Senior Sergeant

The Highway Patrol Supervisor attends major traffic incidents, and supervises road safety activities such as patrolling clearways, radar and speed operations, random breath testing and VIP escorts. This officer develops plans to maintain the free flow of traffic in your area.


Highway Patrol Constable

rank :                Constable to Senior Constable

Highway Patrol Officers are responsible for road safety by assisting the free and safe movement of people and traffic. They also provide support in emergency and special situations to general duties police.


Supervisor - Traffic Services (very rare creature)

rank :                Senior Constable to Sergeant

This officer attends major traffic incidents and participates in traffic management committees with the community. They are also responsible for all motor vehicle accident records.


Licensing Sergeant

rank:              Sergeant

The Licensing Sergeant is responsible for management of liquor, security and some firearms licensing matters within the Command.   Often the Licensing Sergeant will supervise and manage a team of police attached to the licensing unit within each Command.


Community Safety Officer

rank:                  Constable to Senior Constable

The Community Safety Officer is the officer responsible for management of proactive strategies within each Command which may relate to anything from school and community education through to Youth anti-crime projects.


General Duties Constable

rank :                Constable to Senior Constable

This officer responds to incidents in your area such as :- road accidents, break and enters, domestic violence, noise complaints, lost kids and other criminal activities.


Station Officer

rank :                Constable to Senior Constable

This officer is solely responsible for station area customer service and handling of office administration.  They also handle all general counter and telephone enquiries.


Sector Supervisor

rank :                Constable to Sergeant

This officer is in charge of one or a number of outstations or remote areas within a command. Duties include supervising staff, co-ordinating police activities and maintaining close community contact.


Education and Development Officer

rank :                Sergeant to Inspector

This officer liaises with the Local Area Commander and Police Academy staff on training and development programs. They co-ordinate all training programs and provide guidance, encouragement and assistance to police in their studies.


Crime Management Unit (CMU)

rank :                Senior Constable to Sergeant

This team of officers, led by a Team Leader, collates information and monitors crime trends. They then provide information to all officers at the command.


Please email us and let us know of any alterations or additions that you may have. Also, please sign our guest book and tell your friends about Newcastles best web site, newcastlescan. DEC16 !!! - Garry

The following letter belongs in the mailbag but is related directly to this page.
garrys replys are in read
----- Original Message -----
From: RYAN 
Sent: Thursday, 3 October 2002 9:44
Subject: Hi

    I absolutely love your site. I practically live on it!  Great news,, thank you,, newcastlescan is our hobby site and we love it also, a lot of time and effort is put into it    I know this email is to suggest things that could be improved on your site but I dont think you could improve it any more if you tried.
    The reason I have written is that I wanted to ask a question and I'll completely understand if you don't have time to or don't want to answer it.
    It's just about the State Protection Group. What do they actually do? These guys are great to watch in action,, they are similar to the swat teams you see on the American TV shows !! In NSW they are called SPSU (state protection support unit) These officers carry advanced equipment and weopons that the average police officer does not have. they are mainly called in during seige situations or similar..     I heard them call up on channel J the other day and I didn't know what they did. Can they go anywhere in the state? Yes they are available to respond anywhere in the State   And where do they come from? Sydney?   The main unit is based in Sydney,, however, places like Newcastle have officers that are trained to assist at scenes until the Syney guys get up here,, They carry extra gear in their patrol cars and extra gear is stored at one of our local stations. They respond, if they can't fix it or it is drawn out, the Sydney gang come up
    Also another thing I was wondering was about what I heard on the radio about a month ago. It said that there had been an increase in the number of accidents during pursuits and they put it down to the fact that too many GDs cars were engaging in pursuits rather than highway patrol cars and they said GDs cars aren't even suposed to get involved in pursuits at all. Do you know if this is true and if it is why do they do it. I have heard this also, but not from an official source,, there are many reasons why the GD's are involved in pursuits,, here are my thoughts. There are more GD cars on the road than there are highway cars,, the GD's do a hell of a lot of patrolling in their day to day duties, they see a lot of crimes unfolding,, they often find themselves in the right place at the right time and a chase will start, either on foot or in a car, the bad guys want to get away, so the police chase them. If it is a car pursuit,VKG will always call for highway cars to take over, caged trucks do not handle high speeds to good, once the highway boys are in the area the GD's will always offer some form of support     Also one last thing in regards to pursuits. Why is polair not always called to assist in longer pursuits. I've heard 2 live pursuits since ive had a scanner and with the first one polair called up on the channel within about 5 mins of the pursuit starting and it took 15 mins to get here and it followed the car and as a result it was soon stopped. With the second pursuit it went on for about 30 mins and polair was called apon and in the end they had to terminate the pursuit.   I asume that you are in Sydney,???, here in Newcastle we are lucky if we see Polair once or twice a year up this way,, It would be good if our Government funded our police more to have the choopers flying 24/7,, but this does not happen !!! I suppose if the bird is in the air they would use it if available more often. I can assure you that the guys and gals in blue on the ground would love air support to assist them in their duties, a lot more badies would be busted that is for sure. So I guest it boils down to funding and availiblity 
    Sorry about the length of this email and please don't feel obligated to even read or answer this email but curiosity got the better of me and I couldn't think of anyone i could ask that might know the answer.
    Thanks in advance for any information you can give me and if you can't give me any info thanks for your website anyway.
Ryan     I hope this helps,, As you will hear,, our police do work hard !!,,, We are glad that you enjoyed our site,, please tell your friends     Regards Garry & Mick

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