The Melbourne Police Department provides daily radio broadcasts to provide current information to motorists. The department broadcasts the 'AM Alert' radio station at 1650 on the AM radio dial to provide traffic updates and other information to assist those who travel on Melbourne roadways.
A primary goal of the low-power radio station is to pass along five minutes of information daily to better inform those who live and work in Melbourne.
The radio station is to also be used to deliver current information during emergencies. During hurricane threats the station is to be used to update motorists on information including the status of public shelters and availability of sandbags.
Police personnel have been trained to create, record, and edit the broadcast information from a Police Department facility and by way of telephone calls from remote locations. That allows great flexibility in providing information to keep motorists informed.