BCD325P2 Uniden Police Scanner

  • Do not buy if you are not very familiar with scanners
  • Software & frequencies not included
  • For advanced users with custom programming needs
  • Lifetime tech support does NOT apply to this scanner due to complexity of use
  • Trade-in your old scanner

This scanner is for seasoned scanner veterans only. While those who own it love it, it’s the only digital handheld scanner that does not come with software or frequencies. So if you have your own John Connor-ish "off the grid" frequencies list, and scanner software comes as naturally to you as leaves to a tree, then this is the scanner for you. For the beginner or moderate userthe reason this scanner is less expensive than other digital handheld scanners is the lack of software & frequencies.

Again, the reason this scanner costs less than similar models is because it does NOT include software or frequencies. We recommend the Uniden SDS100 if you're looking for an easy-to-use handheld scanner. We do not provide tech support on this scanner as it is difficult to operate and we do not recommend buying it unless you are very familiar with scanners, scanner programming, and technology in general.

I need a handheld digital police scanner, why should I buy the BCD325P2?

This scanner is great for lifelong scanner users who are VERY familiar with amateur radios. Unless you consider yourself an expert, we do not recommend buying this scanner as it is not user friendly.

Will the BCD325P2 go on sale anytime soon?

We don't know. Uniden does not disclose when they will be dropping prices and even when prices do drop, it is usually only $5 to $10. You can sign up for our emails & we'll keep you posted.

Can I charge the batteries from the scanner when it is on?

No. You must power off the scanner to charge. We recommend an external battery charger and 2 sets of rechargeable AA batteries; all of which can be added on this page. This way, you can always have a fresh set of batteries. The batteries we sell last about 8 hours on single charge; Energizer/Duracell last about 5 hours.

What do buyers say?
How is the BCD325P2 different than the BCD436HP?

The BCD325P2, BCD436HP & the SDS100 are Uniden's 3 handheld digital scanners. The main differences between them are:

  • BCD325P2 has less advanced features than the BCD436HP.
  • BCD325P2 does not include Sentinel software.
  • BCD325P2 does not come pre-loaded with US & Canada frequencies.

Scroll down to see a side by side comparison of both.

Compare Handheld Digital Police Scanners

Model Number

SDS100 TRX-1 BCD436HP BCD325P2


Uniden Whistler Uniden Uniden


Yes Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes Yes Yes

Weather & NOAA

Yes Yes Yes Yes

ProVoice EDACS

With Paid Upgrade Yes With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade


With Paid Upgrade Yes With Paid Upgrade No


With Paid Upgrade Yes With Paid Upgrade With Paid Upgrade

Frequency Range

25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz 25 MHz - 1.3 GHz

AM/FM Radio

No No No No


Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited Virtually Unlimited 25,000


Yes No No No

GPS Capable

Yes No Yes Yes

Alpha Tags

Yes Yes Yes Yes


Yes Yes Yes Yes

Fire Tone-Out

Yes No Yes Yes

Location Based

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Close Call/Stalker

Yes Yes No Yes

Record & Playback

Yes Yes Yes No

PC Program

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Mac Program

No No No No

Software Included

Sentinel EZ Scan Sentinel No

USA & Canada Database

Yes Yes Yes No

Storage (GB)

8 GB 4 GB 8 GB Dynamic

SD Card

Yes Yes Yes No

Range (mi.)

50mi. 30mi. 30mi. 30mi.
Battery Type Proprietary AA AA AA

Battery Life

8 hours 8 hours 8 hours 6 hours
Size (inches) 5.75 x 1.5 x 2.5 1.25 x 2.25 x 5.25 2.5 x 6.5 x 1 2 x 6 x 1
Weight (oz.) 12 12 12 12


1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Launched Summer 2018 Summer 2016 Fall 2013 Spring 2015
Key Feature Simulcast NXDN GPS Capable Software not included
  1. Antenna (Rubber Duck stock)
  2. miniUSB to USB Cable (Programming/Charging)
  3. 2 AA Batteries
  4. Hand Strap
  5. Quick Start Guide
  6. AC adapter is NOT Included (90% of all BCD325P2 sales include an AC adapter, which you can add on this page - see above)

Looking to deeeep dive?

We took the time to scour the internet for you.

  • Mark's Scanners is an excellent, very detailed website comprised of digital owner's guides for all police scanner radios, including the BCD325P2. We highly recommend this site to all scanner owners (and potential buyers). It's loaded with how-to's, screenshots and more.
  • Download free BCD325P2 Software. While software is not included with this scanner, this is a free PC software that you can download. Download this software at no extra charge, set up favorite lists, configure for your area & see if you're comfortable operating before you buy. If you buy, you'll have everything set up & ready to go.
  • BCD325P2 Owner's Manual. This is the official BCD325P2 owner's manual, but we highly recommend Mark's Scanners BCD325P2 guide over Uniden's.
  • Radio Reference is the largest police scanner radio forum with over 850k users. There are several threads about the BCD325P2 where just about every question imaginable has been asked and answered by BCD325P2 owners.
  • There are Yahoo Groups for every police scanner radio including the BCD325P2.
  • Uniden created a one page sell sheet for the BCD325P2 with features & specs.
  • View our customers' reviews of the BCD325P, which is under the 'Reviews' tab below.

Deep dive on programming here.

We HIGHLY recommend letting our experts program your scanner.

Programming issues are, by FAR, the #1 reason for...

  1. Returns
  2. 99% of any negative comments about the BCD325P2 you'll read while researching
  3. 99% of any negative comments about us
  4. 90% + of all support questions
  5. Our receding hairlines

Basically, you're about to spend hundreds of dollars on a snappy new gadget, might as well spring a few extra bucks so it will actually work right out of the box.

What is included with the BCD325P2 programming?
  • Check & install any firmware updates (OS may have updates since production).
  • Sync & update frequencies to ensure accuracy.
  • Create favorites lists for as many States & Counties as ordered.
  • Set clock & date.
  • Program with 3rd party software.
  • Use national frequency database for frequencies.
What is "One Touch Programming"?

With "One Touch Programming," our technician will program your scanner for your area; all you need to do is simply power your scanner on. Choose as many Counties as you'd like and our scanner technician will create favorites lists for police, fire and EMS in that County using frequencies from a national frequency database. When you choose a County, we also program the State that County is in.

For example, if you choose Cook County, Illinois, we will program Illinois State police, fire & EMS in addition to Cook County police, fire & EMS. If your County is large and you want to listen to a specific City within that County, add this to the notes section. Note that programming adds 2-3 days to shipping. 

Air, Rail & Race programming?

Each of these will count as "1 County." If you want to listen to Air and Rail you would buy "2 Counties" of programming and in the text area, type the name of the Airport and Rail you'd like to hear.

Why should I buy programming?

Programming is the #1 concern of potential police scanner radio buyers. Each scanner's programming is unique & we've added how-to's on each scanner product page showing how to program that particular scanner (see above for this model).

We recommend following the programming decision tree & watching programming videos to determine whether you should have your scanner professionally programmed. 

95% of all scanner sales include programming, so unless you’re familiar with scanners, scanner terminology, own a PC (Macs do not work), and want to learn the nuances of programming, we highly recommend letting our experts program your scanner.

Self Programming

Can I program on my own?

We created a programming decision tree as well as programming videos (above) to help you decided on whether you should include professional programming with your scanner, but we HIGHLY recommend adding programming.

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