Scanner Frequencies & 10-Codes for the Cities of Dakota County Minnesota.

From this page, you will be able to pull up city information for your lawful use of monitoring police and other public service frequencies in Dakota County Minnesota including Apple Valley, Farmington, Lakeville, Burnsville, Savage and Eagan.


Current Cities

City of Apple Valley MN City of Lakeville MN City of Farmington MN


Current Minnesota Law(s) on use of scanners and police communications equipment:

299C.37 Police communication equipment; use, sale.

Subdivision 1. Use regulated. (a) No person other than peace officers within the state, the members of the state patrol, and persons who hold an amateur radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, shall equip any motor
vehicle with any radio equipment or combination of equipment, capable of receiving any radio signal, message, or information from any police emergency frequency, or install, use, or possess the equipment in a motor vehicle without permission from the superintendent of the bureau upon a form prescribed by the superintendent. An amateur radio license holder is not entitled to exercise the privilege granted by this paragraph if the license holder has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of a crime of violence, as defined in section 624.712, subdivision 5, unless ten years have elapsed since the person has been restored to civil rights or the sentence has expired, whichever occurs first, and during that time the person has not been convicted of any other crime of violence. For purposes of this section, "crime of violence" includes a crime in another state or jurisdiction that would have been a crime of violence if it had been committed in this state. Radio equipment installed, used, or possessed as permitted by this paragraph must be under the direct control of the license holder whenever it is used.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), any person who is convicted of a violation of this subdivision shall, upon conviction for the first offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and for the second and subsequent offenses shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

(c) An amateur radio license holder who exercises the privilege granted by paragraph (a) shall carry the amateur radio license in the motor vehicle at all times and shall present the license to a peace officer on request. A violation of this paragraph is a petty misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a misdemeanor.

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1971 c 71 s 2

Subd. 3. Permit. The superintendent of the bureau shall, upon written application, issue a written permit, which shall be nontransferable, to a person, firm, or corporation showing good cause to use radio equipment capable of receiving a police emergency frequency, as a necessity, in the lawful pursuit of a business, trade, or occupation.

Subd. 4. Repealed, 1983 c 293 s 115

HIST: (9950-48) 1935 c 195 s 8; 1961 c 661 s 1; 1965 c 721 s 1; 1981 c 37 s 2; 1983 c 293 s 91; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 191 s 1


609.856 Use of police radios during commission of crime; penalties.

Subdivision 1. Acts constituting. Whoever has in possession or uses a radio or device capable of receiving or transmitting a police radio signal, message, or transmission of information used for law enforcement purposes, while in the commission of a felony or violation of section 609.487 or the attempt to commit a felony or violation of section 609.487, is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both. Notwithstanding section 609.04, a prosecution for or conviction under this section is not a bar to conviction of or punishment for any other crime committed by the defendant as part of the same conduct.

Subd. 2. Forfeiture. A radio or device defined in subdivision 1 that is used in the commission of a felony or violation of section 609.487 or attempt to commit a felony or violation of section 609.487 is contraband property and subject to the forfeiture provisions of section 609.531.

HIST: 1987 c 111 s 2; 1993 c 326 art 4 s 35

General Information

10-code information is readily available from most public service organizations including police departments, and fire departments. Apple Valley Minnesota gave us their 10-codes on a verbal request for example.

10-code information is contained on official city department web pages across the country such as those of the San Jose Police Department, Kingston TN Police Department, the Polk County FL Sheriff's Department, and the Pittsburgh Kansas Police site. The first 10-codes were published by the APCO (Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) back in 1940 and are still in use by many departments such as Lake County Illinois and many other departments around the US. Most have modified the standard or recommended APCO 10-codes to suit their own service needs. That is why having access to a particular city's 10-codes is crucial in understanding a department's actual operations and whether they follow their own public policies in regard to response and dispatch.

Dispatch Monthly is a magazine which also publishes the standard or recommended APCO list.

Secondly, in Minnesota, Amateur Radio operators ARE allowed to posses a police scanner or radio in their vehicles. Amateur Radio Operators are renown for assisting local public service units in times of emergency. By keeping 10-codes private, we believe violates the Minnesota Data Practices Act and undermines public safety, Further, such denial to make 10-codes public denies the public's right to know just how a department handles or mishandles emergency calls as well as the routine calls for service that it may receive.

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