Frequently Asked Questions


Welcome to Rockford Scanner’s FAQ page. Below you will find some answers to the most frequently asked questions. 


  • What is Rockford Scanner?   Rockford Scanner is the areas leading news website. We bring you news, events, plus much more
  • Who runs Rockford Scanner?  Rickie Traeger and several volunteers. And all the amazing fans out there the help keep us informed!   It is the fans who deserve the credit for RS, you guys and gals are amazing! Thank You!
  • How do I submit a tip? Email us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com
  • Can I follow you on social media?  Yes, click the following links to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube
  • Why do I not see a scene on your website?  Due to the police encryption these days, we rely heavily on fan reporting scenes to us. If we do not have it posted, usually means we are unaware of the scene. Please contact us and let us know!
  • Rockford Scanner have a Trademark?   Yes, we are officially trademarked! You can find it in the trademark database
  • Legal to listen to a police scanner?  Yes, It is legal to listen to a police scanner. It is however illegal to listen to a police scanner while committing a crime.
    You can listen to the scanner on our website at http://rockfordscanner.com/listen-to-the-police-scanner/ or at Click Here
  • How do I volunteer for Rockford Scanner?  We are currently seeking volunteers! If you are interested, email us!
  • Photographing police, is it legal?  Yes, it is legal to photograph police and scenes. If you do, keep in mind a few things. Stay on public property, do not get close to the 1st responders, do not interfere with the 1st responders, etc… An officer has to have a warrant to seize your equipment.  You do not have to delete your content. More information on the ACLU website    and at https://youtu.be/hFZmrE7SVGg
  • Will you post something for me?   If you send it, we will review it and then decide.  Not everything that is sent to us is posted for various reasons. But we do try to post as much of it as we can.
  • Why can I not see my comment or someone else comment?  Social media, specifically Facebook has a spam filter. To weed out the spammers and other bad people. Your comment might have been flagged for spam and needs  review for others to see it. That happens often.
  • I see an error on your website, How can I contact you to fix it?  As you know we are all human and do commit errors at times. On occasion I like to purposely do grammar errors, to poke at the trolls.  Also, police have encrypted so the information we post is from various sources and may or may not be accurate. We post the information that is provided to us. We strive for accuracy! If you see something that is not right, contact us and let us know, please!  RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

  • What is an “In Progress Person”?   Police have labeled the following crimes as “In Progress Person” in the past:   Shootings, stabbings, robberies, kidnappings, deaths.
  • What is an “In Progress Property”?  Police have labeled home invasions and burglaries as this in the past.
  • What is a “Weapons Violation?  Police said they label their shots fired calls as weapons violations.
  • What is a “Medical Assist”?  Police have labeled the following crimes as this, in the past: Shooting victims, Stabbing victims, Overdoses, Deaths.
  • What is “Check For Well Being”?  Police have labeled the following crimes as this, in the past: rape victims, home invasions, murder victims, deaths, etc…

  • At times I get an error message when I visit the site? We are sorry for the inconvenience.  What happens is a lot of traffic hits the website at one time. Causing the website to do the error.  We recommend refreshing your browser (hitting F5) and that should fix the problem. Also during the first week or so after a new server, there  is a thing called DNS propagation.
  • What happened to the maps?  Update: We have re-added the maps. Posted at the bottom of most articles.
  • East & West Side?    We used to be technical and say Ex: Northwest side when we were describing areas.  Many complained that it was to “hard” for them to comprehend, or some were arguing about it. So we simplify things and ANYTHING EAST OF THE ROCK RIVER IS EAST SIDE, ANYTHING WEST OF THE ROCK RIVER IS THE WEST SIDE  Even when we simplified it, people still complain….SMH, LOL.   So I am making it short and simple so everyone can comprehend. East of the river, East side. West of the river, West side.

Rockford Scanner Rules: Simple basic rules to follow

  • No racism
  • No trolling
  • No posting spam or viruses
  • No fighting
  • Read our terms and agree to them
  • No post to pages, links, blogs, etc… unless you ask us first.
  • Again, No Racism.

It is really that simple!   Behave yourselves and enjoy!