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 “Center Zone”, previously 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. Center is also used during DWI checkpoints. All IPD talkgroups went fully encrypted in 2013.
  • IPD operates in 2 patrol shifts and the radio numbers reflect the shift. 100 series units are day shift officers and 200 series units are night shift officers. The second digit identifies the side of the city (1 for north, 2 for south, 3 for all city) and the third digit the district or assignment, so 111 is the north zone car whose district is the far northwest corner of Independence. As the third number increase (xx2, xx3, etc..) their district coverage shifts eastward. District x17-x19 and x27-x29 are “wild” cars without an assigned section other than the side of the city. District x31 and x32 are typically wagons (prisoner transport units). Units ending in 0 are supervisors with x00 being the captain or watch commander and x10 (north), x20 (south), x30 (extra) being sergeants.
  • 300 series are special operations (SWAT/EOD) officers.
  • 400 series are traffic units. 400 is the sergeant of the motorcycle unit. 410 is the sergeant of the accident investigation unit. 401-404 are day shift accident investigation officers and 421-424 are evening shift. 411-417 are motorcycle officers. 419 is parking enforcement. 420 is the DWI detective. 425 and up are assigned as traffic grant numbers.
  • 500 series are detectives.
  • 600 series are community services.
  • 800 series are drug units and task force numbers.
  • 900 series are off duty officers working security details in the city, as well as park patrol (950).
  • Independence Police utilize several tactical channels as secondary channels.
  • 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