Local residents who listen to police scanners may not be able to hear radio traffic from the Leavenworth Police Department these days.

Local residents who listen to police scanners may not be able to hear radio traffic from the Leavenworth Police Department these days.

That's because the Police Department and other city agencies switched to new radios this past summer.

And Police Chief Pat Kitchens said the Police Department's old frequencies are no longer used.

Kitchens said Leavenworth Police Department has been receiving calls from people wanting to program their scanners to pick up department's radio transmissions.

Kitchens said the information is open to the public, and the department is making it available.

"We put that on our Facebook page," he said.

The Leavenworth Police Department's Facebook page can be accessed through the city's website, www.lvks.org.

He said people also can stop by the Leavenworth Police Department at 601 S. Third St. to pick up a copy of the information.

Kitchens said older scanners may no longer be able to be programmed to pick up the radio transmissions of the Leavenworth Police Department.

"They need a digital P25 trunked 800 megahertz scanner in order to listen," Kitchens said.

He said price of the type of scanner that's needed may be more expensive than ones that have worked for local residents in the past.

Kitchens programming scanners to pick up the Police Department's radio transmissions also may be more difficult than in the past.

What used to be referred to as frequencies for the old radio system are now called talk groups, he said.

Kitchens said a computer may be required to program the new scanners.

He said there were two reasons why the Leavenworth Police Department switched to the new radio system. One is interoperability with other public safety agencies. He said police also were having significant problems with the old radio system, and officers sometimes were unable to hear transmissions.

He said the new radios "are significantly better in terms of reception, quality and performance."