Kansas City Metro Area

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Metropolitan Area Regional Radio System (MARRS)

KCMO Police, Fire, and other city services use the MARRS Regional P25 system. Some interesting facts and talkgroups about the system:

  • Occasionally the traffic/tactical (33059) and Animal Control (33200) talkgroups are patched with one of the police patrol zone talkgroups. This often occurs during high call volumes or when a major incident is in progress.
  • The KCPD helicopter identifies itself as "690", and can be heard on one of the patrol zone talkgroups when they're working an assignment (suspect searches, etc). When the helicopter is not assigned to a call, they return to the Traffic/Tactical talkgroup (33059).
  • Prostitution, narcotics, and other "sting" operations often take place on the special ops talkgroups (33067-33076) or on the designated investigative talkgroups. Due to the investigative/sensitive nature of such activity, most operations are encrypted.
  • Twice daily (usually at 6AM and 1PM) and during severe weather events, there is a weather alert broadcast on the MERS talkgroup (33017). These broadcasts originate from the National Weather Service Office in Pleasant Hill, MO. This talkgroup is also used by area fire departments to check wind speed/direction when they're working haz-mat or grass fire calls.

Independence, MO

Independence Police and Fire also use the MARRS Regional P25 system.

  • Talkgroup 36 is IPD North Zone Dispatch which covers the North side of Independence (generally North of 23rd St). Talkgroup 54 is IPD South Dispatch which covers the South side of Independence (generally South of 23rd St). Talkgroup 3 is known as IPD "Channel 3", and is typically used as an alternate channel for license checks and operations that occupy too much air time on the regular zone talkgroups. Channel 3 is also used during DWI checkpoints. All IPD talkgroups went fully encrypted in 2013.
  • IPD operates in 3 shifts and the radio numbers reflect the shift. 100 series units are day shift officers whose districts number from east to west across the city. The second digit identifies the district, so 111 is the north zone car whose district is the far northwest corner of Independence. As the cars number higher (112, 113 etc..) their district coverage shifts eastward. 200 series are second shift and 300 series are night officers. Units numbering in the 400's are traffic units. 800 series belong to SRT officers and 900's are off duty officers working security details in the city.
  • Independence Fire is dispatched on talkgroup 21 and uses talkgroups 19 and 20 for tactical/fireground communications.

KCPD Website Links

Police Academy

Kansas City Missouri Regional Police Academy


Local Resources