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IB107
05-27-2006, 07:17 PM
do you use em? how common are the 10-codes you use compared to other states what set of 10-codes do you use ?



10-CODES USED FOR THE STATE OF UTAH:
10-0 Caution
10-1 Signal Weak
10-2 Signal Good
10-3 Stop Transmitting
10-4 Affirmative (OK)
10-5 Relay (To)
10-6 Busy Unless Urgent
10-7 Out Of Service
10-8 In Service
10-9 Say Again
10-10 Negative
10-11 ____ On Duty
10-12 Stand By
10-13 Existing Conditions
10-14 Information
10-15 Message Delivered
10-16 Reply To Message
10-17 Enroute
10-18 Urgent
10-19 In Contact
10-20 Location
10-21 Call _____ By Phone
10-22 Disregard
10-23 Arrived At Scene
10-24 Assignment Completed
10-25 Report To ____ (meet)
10-26 Estimated Time Of Arrival
10-27 License/Permit Info
10-28 Ownership Information
10-29 Records Check
10-30 Danger/Caution
10-31 Pick Up
10-32 _____ Units Needed
10-33 Help Me Quick
10-33A Psychiatric problem
10-33B Violent person
10-33C Armed & threatening
10-33D Firefighter injured
10-34 Time
10-35 Reserved
10-37 Reserved
10-38 Reserved
10-39 Urgent Use Light & Siren
10-40 Silent Run, No Lights
10-41 Beginning Tour Of Duty
10-42 Ending Tour Of Duty
10-43 Shuttle
10-44 Permission To Leave
10-45 Animal Carcass At _____
10-46 Assist Motorist
10-47 Investigate Suspicious Veh
10-48 Disturbing The Peace
10-49 Traffic Light Out At ____
10-50 Accident (F, PI, PD)
F-Fatal
PI - Injury
PD - Propert damage
10-51 Wrecker Needed
10-52 Ambulance Needed

IB107
05-27-2006, 07:21 PM
10-53 Traffic Control
10-54 Change To Channel ____
10-55 Intoxicated Driver
10-56 Intoxicated Pedestrian
10-57 Hit & Run (F,PI,PD)
10-58 Airplane Crash
10-59 Reckless Driver
10-60 Out Of Car On Violator At ___
10-61 Motor Inspection
10-62 Request Permission Car To Car
10-63 Prepare To Make Written Copy
10-64 Vandalism
10-65 Juvenile Problem
10-66 Major Crime Alert
10-67 Net Message
10-68 Runaway Juvenile
10-69 Missing Person
10-70 Fire Alarm
10-71 Nature Of Fire
10-72 Progress Report On Fire
10-73 Rape
10-74 Civil Disturbance
10-75 Domestic Problem
10-76 Meet Complaint
10-77 Return To _____
10-78 Back Up _____
10-79 Notify Coroner
10-80 Chase In Progress
10-81 Breathalyzer Report
10-82 Prisoner In Custody
10-83 Confidential Information
10-84 Visitors Present
10-85 Victims Condition
A. Fair B. Poor C. Critical
D. Possible Fatality
E. Obvious Fatality
10-86 Crime In Progress
10-87 Abandoned Car
10-88 Man With Gun
10-89 Bomb Threat
10-90 Bank Alarm At _____
10-91 Burglary
10-92 Theft
10-93 Unnecessary Use Of Radio
10-94 Contact Your Home
10-95 Out At Home
10-96 Mental Subject
10-97 Test Signal
10-98 Prison Break
10-99 Wanted/Stolen Indicated



Theres is only 1 department that uses a different set, which is salt lake county, but only 6 of the 10 codes are different than listed here

darrell
05-27-2006, 10:28 PM
There are departments that use 10 codes here but a lot of them are going the route of MSP and using Plain Talk.

I use plain talk except for

10-4 OK UNDERSTAND, MESSAGE RECEIVED
10-7 OUT OF SERVICE
10-8 IN SERVICE ( I DON'T USE THIS MUCH ANYMORE.)
10-9 MISDAMEANOR WARRANT
10-10 FELONY WARRANT
10-11 OFFICER SAFETY (CCW HOLDER)


Instead of 10-8 I have been using "CLEAR OF THE LAST or CLEAR BACK IN"

Mr. Security
05-27-2006, 10:42 PM
We don't use codes. If a message is confidential or might create panic, we simply ask the officer to telephone in.

When I worked in dispatch, we used 11-codes. Again, if we needed privacy, we asked the police officer to telephone HQ.

CAR54
05-27-2006, 10:51 PM
We use 10 codes at my site. The important ones are:
Code-7 =lunch
code-27=10 minute break
Code-10=bathroom break
Code Blue=Bomb threat (which we get a couple times a year). All radios have to be turned off when we get this code as, in theory, they could trigger the bomb.

Charger
05-27-2006, 11:10 PM
We use 10-codes here as well. In fact we use the same ones as the local PD, as we've found this makes it a lot easier to pass confidential info on to them when necessary. (And them to us, on occaision. :D )

I won't go into detail on them, as they're very different from what most people consider to be the 'standard', (based off CB radio 10-codes), and would just end up confusing the issue. LOL

ycaso77
05-28-2006, 01:05 AM
We use ten codes also ( 206 odd so I won't list them here), somewhat different than the university police, and the hospital and city have thier own codes that differ slightly-you have be very careful what you call which is why only the dispacthers and supervisors of the different depts. talk directly to each other.
Like everyone else if its lenghty or impotant we ask for the 35 call, saves time and any likeness to an ADAM 12- CHIPs remake on the air.

Blame_The_Guard
05-28-2006, 01:31 AM
do you use em? how common are the 10-codes you use compared to other states what set of 10-codes do you use ?


I don't think 10 codes are a good idea. Clear, concise communications are very important and I don't trust most other officers to know the codes, especially, if the communication is critical. I want to hear plain english on the radio that I'm certain everyone understands. Some of us may take the time to learn the codes but "some" ain't enough and I guarantee you, when you start spouting off 10 codes, somebody out there is going, "Huh?"

John the Gateboy

aphilpot
05-28-2006, 01:42 AM
At our hospital we use about 8 different "10 Codes" that parallel what the RCMP and other local LE agencies use. This assists in transfer of info between our services with relative "privacy".

IB107
05-28-2006, 07:37 AM
well do to the fact that 99.9 percent of our companies accounts are what you would call high risk (3-4 calls to pd a day by individuals) (usually 1-2 a week by the s/o), our company "makes" us learn them as part of our OJT, we run like a "small" pd with out pd powers at this time (we might try to get "deputized" like court guards are or "special police" powers since our boss is ex-leo, he may try to get the city to allow it because of the High crime/high risk accounts we have, sometimes it would be good because we would be able to "arrest" right away for drugs,stolen vechs... and haul em down to be booked, taking time off the cops hands for coming out to the properties 3-4 times a week) only reason we have the accounts we do is many companies refuse to take the contract because of the danger involved thus the reason ALL of our officers are armed, and the reason our boss pushes us to get body armor, so thus since we have such a good working relationship with the pd as it is we strive to learn the 10s to make communication between the parties easier.

1stWatch
05-28-2006, 09:15 AM
Our radio codes are not regulated throughout the state as they are in some others. Some places I worked did use 10-codes. A few of them used English over the radio, especially if it was an on-site or very small operation.

In the job I have now we don't use 10-codes, but we do use "signals". The Dallas p.d. also uses signals, but we have a separate list of signals with totally different definitions and usage. On Channel 1 we use signals and codes only. On Channel 2 we can use more English, but still keep it formalized and business related. Channel 3 and 4 are for remote locations.
Signal 1: Vehicle Patrol
Signal 2: Foot Patrol
Signal 3: Lock Up Building
Signal 4: Unlock Building
Signal 5: Lockout
Signal 6: Spotlight
Signal 7: Special Watch
Signal 8: House Check
Signal 9: Repeat Transmission
Signal 10: Assist Motorist
Signal 11: Tag or Tow Vehicle
Signal 12: Listener Present
Signal 13: Make Contact With
Signal 14: Special Assignment
Signal 15: Passenger
Signal 16: Escort
Signal 17: Direct Traffic
Signal 18: Busy
Signal 19: Return to Location
Signal 20: Location
Signal 21: Telephone Call
Signal 22: Lunch
Signal 23: Break
Signal 24: Restroom
Signal 25: Report in Person
Signal 26: No Contact
Signal 27: Threats
Signal 28: Out at Station
Signal 29: Out for Equipment
Signal 30: Unnecessary Traffic
Signal 31: Police
Signal 32: Prisoner
Signal 33: Emergency Traffic
Signal 34: Shots Fired
Signal 35: Intruder
Signal 36: Person with a Gun
Signal 37: Prowler
Signal 38: Sick Person
Signal 39: Injured Person
Signal 40: Fire
Signal 41: Vehicle Accident
Signal 42: Disturbance
Signal 43: Burglary
Signal 44: Robbery
Signal 45: Sexual Assault
Signal 46: Homicide
Signal 47: Suicide
Signal 48: Assault
Signal 49: Theft
Signal 50: Criminal Mischief
Signal 51: Dead Body
Signal 52: Alarm
Signal 52-1: Intrusion Alarm
Signal 52-2: Fire Alarm
Signal 52-3: Medical Emergency Alarm
Signal 52-4: Personal Duress Alarm
Signal 53: Suspicious Noises
Signal 54: Suspicious Person
Signal 55: Suspicious Vehicle
Signal 56: Concern for Welfare
Signal 57: Intoxicated Person
Signal 58: Missing Person
Signal 59: Cover Element
Signal 60: Unsecured Area/Door
Signal 61: Mental Person
Signal 62: Loud Stereo/Party
Signal 63: Information
Signal 64: Building Status
Signal 65: In Service
Signal 66: Out of Service
Signal 67: Other
Signal 68: Non-Subscriber Incident
Signal 70: Unconscious Person
Signal 71: Late in Service
Signal 72: Access Code for Gate/Alarm
Signal 73: Sales Call
Signal 74: Subscriber Returned With Mail
Signal 75: Subscriber Returned Without Mail
Signal 76: Armed Money Transfer
Code 1: Respond at Convenience
Code 2: Handle Immediately
Code 4: Disregard Call
Code 5: En Route
Code 6: Arrival
Code 7: Clear/Open for Calls
K1: Unable to Complete Assignment
K2: Assignment Completed
K3: Suspects Gone on Arrival
K4: False Alarm or Call
K5: No Report Needed
K6: No Disturbance on Arrival
K7: No Further Information Available

aka Bull
05-28-2006, 01:08 PM
We don't use 10 codes at our hospital - plain English. As Blame the Guard said, if it's confidential we get on the phone or face-to-face.

We do have some codes that are used in the hospital for emergencies, but these (while they go over the radio too) are set up for use over the public broadcast system within the hospital for alerting the staff throughout the facility.

Jackhole
05-28-2006, 02:10 PM
No 10 codes besides 10-7, which they use for lunch for some reason.

T202
05-28-2006, 06:18 PM
Plain talk, less confussion.

Mr. Security
05-28-2006, 06:31 PM
I can see the value of plain talk too. When I worked as a police dispatcher, I found it to be a challenge to memorize the many codes/signals that the department used over the air. These codes are further compounded by adding a,b,c.d,e to the code (software required it to log a specific call to the code) when entering the call into the dispatch computer.

Some will argue that codes increase security by making the radio call hard to interpret. There may be some truth to that. However, I don't have a sheet for the codes used by the police in the next town and yet I can still break the code by listening to the scanner long enough. If a burglar listens for the address, he doesn't need the code to figure out that the police are on the way.

N. A. Corbier
05-28-2006, 06:42 PM
One of the things I like about 10 codes is that it keeps you on the air less. However, a smaller set of 10-codes should be implemented, ones the most frequently used.

Thinking back, the codes we used the most were...

10-8 On Duty
10-7 Off Duty
10-50 Traffic Stop / Assist Disabled Motorist
10-33 Clear the Net - Priority Traffic (Shots fired, Officer Down, etc)
10-97 (Just 97) Arrived On Scene
10-20 Location
10-26 Acknoledged. People who used 10-26 as 10-4 got: "I understand you 26, but can I have an answer?"
10-18 Immediately
10-4 Yes
10-12 With "_____________"
10-50 Law Enforcement
Signal 0 - Armed
Signal 1 - Drunk
Signal 50 - Backup

The rest were used at leisure.

ACP01
05-28-2006, 09:05 PM
An earlier thread talked about the National Incident Management System ...NIMS.

As Security is being more and more integrated into Homeland Security at one level or another NIMS must be used.

NIMS says NO 10 codes. Plain language only.

One guys 10-15 is anothers 10-21.

If during a major emergency (Katrina for example) and you are assisting one of the USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) teams, a FEMA team, National Guard, Coast Guard, or one of the other armed services and you come out with a "10-whatever" you WILL be told to use plain talk.

10 Codes do not hide info because just about everyone that has a scanner has your codes too.

Just something to think about.

HotelSecurity
05-28-2006, 09:15 PM
Some will argue that codes increase security by making the radio call hard to interpret. There may be some truth to that. However, I don't have a sheet for the codes used by the police in the next town and yet I can still break the code by listening to the scanner long enough. If a burglar listens for the address, he doesn't need the code to figure out that the police are on the way.

As a scanner buff a bunch of us had the new Montreal codes BEFORE a lot of the police did! Now adays the Montreal Police codes are available on tne net.

As for burglar alarms. In Montreal they are not announced over the air. They are sent to the patrol cars via their computer terminals in the cars. Vehicle accidents are not announced verbally either to prevent tow trucks racing to the scene.

IB107
05-28-2006, 09:18 PM
true as that maybe, 10-codes also prevent panic, lets say your in a highly populated area lots of ppl around, you dont have a ear piece for your radio, then some one "plain talks " we have a man with a gun , a suicide jumper, fire, the commotion that would be caused (trampings would occure), and the on lookers that love to see action would get in the way

aphilpot
05-29-2006, 12:55 AM
An earlier thread talked about the National Incident Management System ...NIMS.

As Security is being more and more integrated into Homeland Security at one level or another NIMS must be used.

NIMS says NO 10 codes. Plain language only.

One guys 10-15 is anothers 10-21.

If during a major emergency (Katrina for example) and you are assisting one of the USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) teams, a FEMA team, National Guard, Coast Guard, or one of the other armed services and you come out with a "10-whatever" you WILL be told to use plain talk.

10 Codes do not hide info because just about everyone that has a scanner has your codes too.

Just something to think about.

The same goes for the HICS or "Hospital Incident Command System" that is being rolled out in healthcare in the event of an External disaster or pandemic. No 10 codes are to be used. It was explained to us (at our mock disaster and table top exercises) that it was to prevent confusion among the attending agencies.

HospitalOfc.
05-29-2006, 05:06 AM
Although there may be situations where plain English would be preferable there is definitely a time when coded communication is important. One example, last week one of our officers came across two adolescents sitting in a vehicle in a remote location. While he was out talking with them dispatch radioed him that the vehicle was stolen. If the transmission had been "that vehicle comes back as stolen, police are enroute" there probably would have been a problem. Instead the transmission was "10-28(license plate info) 10-99(wanted or stolen) Paul David 10-76(enroute)", and the two gangbangers stood there and had a civil conversation with our officer for the ten minutes it took the police to respond. There have been a good number of times that dispatch has needed to inform me that a person I was dealing with was wanted, and the police were on their way, when you really don't want the person your dealing with knowing what is being said. The same goes for other situations, I would much rather call “10-78 10-32” than “this guy has got a gun in his waistband, I need help”.
As for those who posted about not trusting others to know the ten codes, our officers learn them during their probationary period. If they don’t have the ambition to learn a set of codes, they can find employment elsewhere. I personally don’t want someone, who won’t take the time to learn something vital to officer safety, watching my back when the s*** hits the fan.
The ten codes we use are standard to all of the law enforcement agencies in our area so there is little chance of miscommunication. But I do see the need to use plain English when coordinating with federal or other agencies that we don’t deal with on a day-to-day basis, as would happen in a major disaster.

N. A. Corbier
05-29-2006, 05:25 AM
In inter-agency situations, plain communication is essential. Keep in mind that agencies are moving towards APCO Project 25 radios, which allow for in-the-field software encryption, with common encryption standards.

The first set HospitalOfc. posted I recongize, as a 28 is usually a warrant check. The second set... Armed individual to me is 10-12 1 time Signal 0.

Someone please tell me if I'm spelling Signal right? I'm looking at it, and its very late, and it looks wrong to me.

1stWatch
05-29-2006, 08:49 AM
Someone please tell me if I'm spelling Signal right? I'm looking at it, and its very late, and it looks wrong to me.

Yes you spelled it right. Heheh.

1stWatch
05-29-2006, 09:05 AM
To me, numbered codes are useful if you have numerous users on the radio and the radio is used mainly to "mark out" at a location or at a call, usually in patrol. It keeps the radio traffic brief and gives you a mental incentive to keep it that way. All the dispatcher needs to know when patrol arrives at a call or gets out to contact subjects on property is the location and brief pertinent information such as how many there are and do you need backup.

This could be done in plain English ie. "out at The Falls at the front with 4 subjects, no cover needed", but many tend to draw it out into "I'm going to be getting out of the car to talk to these four guys by the leasing office. I think they've been drinking and I suspect them of having drugs, but I'm going to get out and talk and see if I can get them to leave. I'll get back to you in a second." The other officers hearing this are consequently shouting at their radios going "SHUT UP! SHUT UP! YOU IDIOT!" while somebody else has to bail out of the car after catching somebody breaking into a car or something else similar without being able to use the radio because some bumbling fool is tying up the air. Radio silence between calls is for officer safety. The radio codes give a better incentive to keep the traffic brief.

Now, if the radios are used on-site such as in a hospital, hotel, mall, or a building with multiple security officers with somebody in charge, English is clearly the way to go. Clear and detailed information needs to be given over the air instead of just "code 5", "code 6", etc. The radio codes just get in the way in this environment.

aphilpot
05-29-2006, 10:58 AM
Not wanting to say too much on the radio is why we adopted 10-62 from the RCMP. This means "unauthorized listeners". So, in other words, using the example above, one of our S/O's came across a stolen vehicle, our S/O and Dispatcher can either relay as much or, more importantly, as little info as required.

We can respond "10-62 go ahead which means be cautious as I am out with an individual or group that I don't want any sensitive info being transmitted or "10-62 - Standby which means say nothing until I advise that it is OK to transmit.

This system also works well as it keeps the channel open for the purpose of a S/O calling for immediate assistance.

aka Bull
05-29-2006, 11:14 AM
Having radio transmissions in plain english being overheard by the person(s) an officer is dealing with is an issue to be concerned about. The easiest way to solve this issue is the same that many police agencies who use plain english do, ear pieces.

I use an ear piece, personally purchased (about $25.00), for that reason and to cut down on disturbing noise blaring from the radio in the hospial wards late at night when they are most quiet. That keeps me from having to continually adjust the volume level and not having to be concerned I've turned it too low and will miss important traffic I need to be aware of.

HotelSecurity
05-29-2006, 02:33 PM
Not wanting to say too much on the radio is why we adopted 10-62 from the RCMP. This means "unauthorized listeners". So, in other words, using the example above, one of our S/O's came across a stolen vehicle, our S/O and Dispatcher can either relay as much or, more importantly, as little info as required.

We can respond "10-62 go ahead which means be cautious as I am out with an individual or group that I don't want any sensitive info being transmitted or "10-62 - Standby which means say nothing until I advise that it is OK to transmit.

This system also works well as it keeps the channel open for the purpose of a S/O calling for immediate assistance.

The code for this in Montreal is 10-25.

I like the idea of an ear piece except since I wear a suit I carry the walkie-talkie in my hand & just slip it in my jacket pocket if I need both hands for something. It looks funny & the wire gets in the way when you are carrying it. (Carrying it also helps id me since I'm semi plainclothes.)

Since I usually work alone we really don't use codes except ALL the Holiday Inns that used to be operated by a company called Atlific use "Code 13" for a fire alarm so as not to panic the guests. It is the only 13 used. There is no 13th floor, no room 213 etc.

I've tried to re-introduce some codes we used to use when there was more than 1 Officer working. Codes for a bomb threat, holdup, suspicious person, officer in trouble etc. But if you think the turn over in the security field is big you should see it with hotel front desk staff. They barely last long enough to learn office phone extensions. Codes would be impossible & a list would get lost behind the front desk.

On the subject of radio systems, we share the frequency with the Housemen, Housekeeping Supervisor, Mini Bar Attendant & Maintenance men. The Banquet department (which is managed as a concession by a 3rd party) has our frequency in their walkie-talkies but they operate on their own. They can switch over & contact us in case of an emergency.