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  • 10 codes uniform?

    I recently got on with Chickasaw Alabama's Auxiliary. Volunteers do double duty here, pull time for both the PD and Fire Rescue.

    CPD uses both 10 codes (10-4 etc.) and signal codes (Signal 39 for domestic call).

    Is there any standard with these codes and signals or does it vary state to state?

    Also wondering if the phonetic alphabet is standard - I know our PD is different from the what we use in the National Guard Military Police unit.

    Any webaddress with this info?

    Also wondering if the phonetic alphabit is standard - I know our city's is different from the military.

    Any webaddress with this info?

  • #2
    Ten codes can differ considerably. The "signal" code you refer to is one that I've never been exposed to.

    You might do an internet search and see if there is a ham club in your area. They will often post this information.

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    • #3
      Our agency has basically gone to common/plain language except for the basic 10-4 10-9 and 10-50 ( vehicle crash) Many agencies have done so becuase the 10 codes may get confusing and are different from agency to agency.

      The phonetic alphabet is also different from agency to agency. Some say A-ABLE B-BAKER C-CHARLIE some are A-Alfa B-Bravo C-Charles and ours is A-ADAM B-BOY etc etc. Hams use the international version which is the same as air traffic uses worldwide. Not very commonly used in the civilain LE work.

      Best bet is to get a copy from the agency. They should have one to give you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Guard Dog:
        Hams use the international version which is the same as air traffic uses worldwide. Not very commonly used in the civilain LE work.

        Best bet is to get a copy from the agency. They should have one to give you.
        Hmmm, guess I was a little "unclear" with my meaning here. I agree with your post Guard, however, what I SHOULD have said is that some of the ham sights, post the local radio frequencies in use, as well as the local codes.

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        • #5
          Don't count on 10-50 meaning a traffic accident. A 10-50 for us is an officer-in-trouble call. State Police use 10-50 for an accident which occasionally results in all sorts of hilarity when monitoring scanner traffic.

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          • #6
            Here 10-50 means use caution, usually when the person you're with has a history. 10-44/45 is minor/major accident.

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            • #7
              10-50 is a traffic stop for me.

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              • #8
                10 codes and "signals" are USUALLY similar and somewhat uniform. However, it best just to get a copy from either your academy director or Sgt. For example, all previous academy sessions prior to mine, were taught a standard "10-code" (10-0 to 10-100) were are now only taught a select few 10-codes and use "plain language" for everything else sine the departments in the region all now have the calability to switch to everyone else's freq. on their radios, this minimizes confusion,

                Scott

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                • #9
                  Check out the standard APCO codes. Many departments have the same or similar codes.

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                  • #10
                    The department that I worked for didn't use 10-codes. When I first hired on I was surprised. The dispatcher would just make a request."I need a south central unit to copy a BMV, theft, disturbance, etc." and we would answer up and the information would be given to us.

                    If there we no units available, then a central or west unit, if he was close enough would leave his district long enough to run the call.

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                    • #11
                      Everyone basically made the point quite clear that there isn't a 10 code standard.
                      We used 10-78 for Officer needs assistance. That same code was used by another agency nearby for I'll be out the the car checking.

                      A street Lt called 10-78 at a location and the dispatcher, previously with that other agency , said 10-4. A couple of our cars hearing the tension in the Lt's voice responded. The Lt called back and said "That means "I NEED HELP COUNTY".

                      Plain language is best. No confusion that way. We just say it like it is. Squad such and such, copy a fight, and then they give the info. Makes it simple.

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                      • #12
                        It would be nice if there was a uniform code nation wide, but hey, lots a luck. Many agencies cann't even exist together, let alone use the same codes!

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                        • #13
                          In TN, a 10-50 is 'No traffic here', or 'Negative'. Florida is fun....trying to learn all the 10-codes AND all the dispatch signals(about 200+ in all).....whoooooweeeeeee!

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                          • #14
                            10 Codes are different depending on where you are working and can be even within the organization itself.

                            Here's a funny story about 10 codes. I left the Force to return to school and got a part-time job with the local Police Service. My first night working the CPIC section I responded to a warrant check using codes from the old job...after a dead silence for about 45 seconds...a sheepish voice asked "what does this have to do a sudden death and barking dogs"...ooops...sorry wrong 10 code.

                            It was funny at the time but obviously using the wrong 10 code could prove disasterous in another scenario.

                            We use a standard "military" Alpha, Bravo, Charlie phoenitic alphabet here in Canada...I always get confused when y'all start talking about Apples and Oranges...lol!

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                            • #15
                              As has been stated, plain language is best.

                              The 10 codes we use are the same as the City's and DPS, although DPS has a few wrenches thrown in.

                              Phonetic alphabet is different, though. City uses the "International" alphas (alpha, brovo, etc) that Guard Dog mentioned, while we use the "Civilian" (adam, boy, charlie,etc.)

                              I have also seen (on COPS-don't hit me ) an agency that uses Q signals.(the same ones hams use and are standard worldwide-for hams, anyway) The only problem with the Q's is there are a LOT of them.

                              Plain language is best, that way there is no confusion.

                              BTW, 10-50 here is car crash. 10-13 is a weather report here, but in NM (a few years ago anyway) 10-13 was a stolen airplane. That caused some hilarity a few years back, when NM put out a BOLO on a 10-13 in a TTY.

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