If you are a newbie, check out this “Baofeng for Dummies” tutorial video by Living Survival.  He highlights the basic functions of the BaoFeng UV5RA and how to get set up for monitoring your local frequencies.

Resource Links mentioned in Video:
Note: We recommend the original BaoFeng UV-5R

BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black)
BaoFeng BF-F8HP 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio
Baofeng UV5RA Ham Two Way Radio
Authentic FTDI USB Programming Cable for Kenwood, BaoFeng, and AnyTone
CHIRP Programming Software

Additional Resource:
Enhanced UV5R user manual by Miklor (pdf)