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PHONETIC ALPHABET | 9 CODES | 10 CODES | 11 CODES

C.H.P. CODES | ACRONYMS | MISC. CODES

 

PHONETIC ALPHABET

when using the police radio some letters sound very much alike, such as "D" and "E" "B" and "C" and so on.  so the phonetic alphabet was devised.  there are two common versions of the phonetic alphabet, the one used most commonly in law enforcement is listed first, and then the one commonly used by military is listed second. 

A..........ADAM J..........JOHN S..........SAM
B..........BOY K.........KING T..........TOM
C..........CHARLES L..........LINCOLN U..........UNION
D..........DAVID M.........MARY V..........VICTOR
E..........EDWARD N..........NORA W.........WILLIAM
F..........FRANK O..........OCEAN X..........X-RAY
G..........GEORGE P..........PAUL Y..........YELLOW
H..........HENRY Q.........QUEEN Z..........ZEBRA
I...........IDA R..........ROBERT  

                 A second version of the phonetic alphabet mostly used by the us military

A.....Alpha J.....Juliet S.....Sierra
B.....Bravo K.....Kilo T.....Tango
C.....Charlie L.....Lima U.....Uniform
D.....Delta M....Mike V.....Victor
E.....Echo N.....November W....Whiskey
F.....Foxtrot O.....Oscar X.....X-Ray
G.....Golf P......Papa Y.....Yankee
H.....Hotel Q.....Quebec Z.....Zulu
I......India R.....Romeo  

 


 

 

900 CODES (9 CODES)

When using the radio it is important to keep the radio traffic to a minimum, so a series of numeric codes was devised.  Please note that these codes are not 100% universal.  Also keep in mind that sometimes the 10, or the 11 will be dropped from the code to minimize on the air time.  (Example: I need a 27 on John Smith = I need to know John Smith's driver's license info [10-27])  Also keep in mind that sometimes these codes are joined together with other codes to make a sentence shorter

 

900 Radio Silence
901 Accident
904 Message Received
908 Out of Service
909 In Service
910 Prowler
910A Prowler (Still on Scene)
911 Vehicle Stop
912 Suspicious Person
916  Domestic
917  Drinking in public
918 Person Screaming for Help
922 Drunk Person
923 Stand By
924 Go to Station
926 Your Location
927 Repeat Your Last Transmission 
935 Registration Inquiry
936 Stolen Vehicle Inquiry 
937 Wanted Person Inquiry 
938 Cancel
939 Wanted Use Caution
940 Meet Officer At...
945 Ambulance Needed 
946 Tow Truck Needed
947 Fire Truck Needed
950 Take a Report
971 Be On the Look Out (for)
999 Officer Needs HELP

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10 CODES

------X

Signifies a Female Is Involved

10-1

Receiving Poorly
10-2 Receiving well
10-3 Radio Check
10-4 Message Received
10-6 Busy
10-7 Out of Service
10-8 In Service
10-9 Repeat Last Message
10-10 Off Duty
10-11 Send Back up
10-13 Emergency Back Up
10-15 Prisoner 
10-15X Female Prisoner 
10-18 Report Information Needed 
10-19  Go to Station
10-20 Location
10-21 Phone Call
10-22 Cancel Last Message 
10-23 Stand By 
10-27 Check License Status 
10-28 Check Registration Status 
10-29 Check For Warrants / Wants
10-33 EMERGENCY RADIO TRAFFIC ONLY
10-34 Cancel 10-33
10-36 Confidential Information Follows 
10-36 A

USE CAUTION Suspect has AIDS or other dangerous disease

10-36 M

Suspect Has A Misdemeanor Warrant
10-36 F Suspect Has Felony Warrant
10-97 Arriving at Assignment
10-98 Assignment Complete 

 

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11 CODES

 

11-10 Take a Report
11-19 In route to Station
11-41 Ambulance Needed
11-44 Dead Body (either human or animal)
11-55 Suspicious Vehicle
11-57 Suspicious Person
11-48 Provide Transportation
11-80 Accident with Major Injuries
11-81 Accident with Minor Injuries
11-82 Accident with Property Damage
11-83 Accident No Details
11-85 Tow Truck Needed
11-98 Meet Officer At....
11-99* OFFICER IN DANGER, NEED HELP NOW!!!

*There is a difference between a Code 9 and an 11-99.  When an officer calls for a code 9 that basically a call for assistance, or to come watch his back  When an officer calls for an 11-99 that means he/she is in immediate danger of being killed or having great injury inflicted upon them.  An 11-99 will get officers coming code 3 from surrounding cities/agencies/counties, and even if there is a military police presence they'll come too.  It would not be uncommon for officers form agencies as far as 10-20 miles away to come as well.

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CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL RADIO CODES

STANDARD 10 CODES LISTED ABOVE EXCEPT FOR:

10-11 Give FCC Mobile ID
10-30 Improper Use Of Radio
10-31 Attempt Suicide
10-35 Back Up Unit At Once
10-36 Confidential Information
10-36A Subject Maybe Armed Use Caution
10-37 Correct Time
11-27 Check Driver's License
11-66 Traffic Signal Not Working
11-86 Bomb Threat
11-87 Bomb Found

 

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ACRONYM CODES 

Just like in the military everything has an acronym

A.D.W. Assault With A Deadly Weapon
A.K.A. Also Known As
A.O.D. Assist Another Department 
B.A. Burglar Alarm 
B.A.C. Blood Alcohol Content 
B & E Breaking and Entering (Not Normally Used anymore, see Burglary)
B.O.L. Be On the Lookout (for)
C.A.D. Computer Aided Dispatching
C.C.W. Carry Concealed Weapon (permit)
C.H.P. California Highway Patrol (Chipie)
C.L.E.T.S. California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (Statewide computer data base to check for active warrants, stolen property, license status, and restraining orders.)
C.O.N. Call of Nature (bathroom break)
C.V.C. California Vehicle Code (V.C.)
C.P. Command Post
C.R.A.S.H. Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (former LAPD anti-gang team) 
C.Y.A. California Youth Authority / Cover your @$$
D.O.A.  Dead On Arrival 
D.O.B. Date of Birth
D.O.J. Department of Justice
D.L. Driver's License
D.P.S. Department of Public Safety 
D.U.I. Driving Under the Influence 
D.W.I. Driving while intoxicated (no longer used see DUI)
E.M.T. Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic)
E.O.W. End of Watch (date of death or off duty)
E.P.O. Emergency Protection Order (Emergency Restraining Order)
E.T.A. Estimated Time of Arrival
F.I. Field Interview / Field Interrogation 
F.L.I.R. Forward Looking InfraRed (A device used to "see" heat rather then light)
F.S.T. Field Sobertiy Test
F.T.A. Failure to Appear (in court)
F.Y.I. For Your Information 
G.B.H. Great Bodily Harm
G.B.I. Great Bodily Injury 
G.O.A. Gone On Arrival
G.S.W. Gun Shot Wound
G.T.A. Grand Theft Auto (Not used officially anymore. See 10851 CVC)
H.B.D. Has Been Drinking (alcohol)
H & S Illegal Narcotics / Drugs  (refers to the Health and Safety portion of California Law )
I.C.C. Incident Command Center
M.O. Method of Operation (the way a person usually does things)
M.V.A. Motor Vehicle Accident
N.C.I.C. National Crime Information Center (Computer database similar to CLETS except it is on the nationwide level)
O.C. Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray)
O.I.C. Officer In Charge
P.A.S. Preliminary Alcohol Screener
P.C. Penal Code / Probable Cause 
P.I.T. Maneuver  Pursuit Intervention Technique 
P.N.O. Planned Non Operation (of motor vehicle)
P.O.P. Team Problem Orientated Policing (Usually an anti-gang team)
R.O. Registered Owner
R.P. Reporting Person 
S.W.A.T. Special Weapons And Tactics 
T.A. Traffic Accident 
T.C. Traffic Collision 
V.C.  Vehicle Code (CVC)

 

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MISC. CODES, TERMS, and SLANG 

 

Code 1 Respond at your convenience
Code 2 Priority Call respond immediately 
Code 3 Emergency call, respond with lights and siren
Code 4  Situation under control 
Code 5 Stake out
Code 6  Coffee break
Code 7 Meal break
Code 8 At my residence 
Code 9 Officer needs assistance
Code 33 EMERGENCY RADIO TRAFFIC ONLY (10-33)
Code Blue Cardiac arrest (Heart Attack) 
13-69 Person that has history of acting like a jerk or resisting officers
Beat Area an officer is assigned to patrol, and answer calls for service.
Burg Burglary
Cite Citation (ticket)
Crank Refers to the illegal drug methamphtamine (a.k.a. meth, speed, ice)
Dime Bag $10 worth of narcotics
Deuce Drunk 
Foot pursuit  Chasing suspect on foot
K-9 Dog
Land Shark Guard Dog/Viscous Dog
Leg Bail Running away on foot
Nickel Bag $5 worth of narcotics
Pending Master File General means that DMV is holding vehicle registration until person pays fees, or shows proof of insurance to DMV
Verbal Warning 
Wire Concealed microphone 

 

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CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE

Since the Penal Code is so extensive I can only list a few of the more common ones that you are most likely to hear on your scanner. 

 

148(a)(1) Delaying the duties of a peace officer, or EMT
148.9 Providing false information to any peace officer
187 Murder
191.5 Gross vehicular manslaughter
192 Manslaughter
207 Kidnapping
211 Robbery
215 Carjacking
240 Assault
242 Battery
243(e)(1) Committing battery against a person that lives with you.
245 Assault with a deadly weapon
246 Discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling. (Drive-by shooting)
261 Rape
261.5 Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor
273.5 Domestic violence
290 Convicted sex offender required to register with local law enforcement
415 Disturbing the peace / Fighting
422 Making threats to commit G.B.H., or death
451 Arson
459 Burglary
470 Forgery
487 Grand theft (Theft of money or property more then $400.00)
488 Petty theft (Theft of money or property of $399.99 or less)
594 Vandalism
601 Missing person / runaway (This is a Welfare and Institutions Code)
602 Trespassing
647(f) Public intoxication
653m Making obscene or threatening phone calls.
664 Attempt to commit a crime (used in conjunction with a penal or vehicle code i.e. 664/10851 is attempted vehicle theft)
5150 Person Person with a mental disabilty
12020 Possession of illegal weapon
12025 Concealed weapon l

CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE

When Law enforcement officials use the CVC you will most likely hear it sometimes broken down into sections which makes it easier to remember, and to say over the radio.  (Example: Section 12500 CVC would be broken down to 12-5, (or 12-500) and section 23152 CVC would be said 23-1-52.

2800.1

Evading peace officer

4000(A) No evidence of vehicle registration 
10851 Vehicle theft
12500(a) Driving without a valid license
12500(b) Driving a motorcycle without proper license
12951 Driving without license in possession 
14601(a) Driving with a suspended license
16028 Failure to provide proof of insurance 
20001 Hit and run with death or injury
20002 Hit and run with property damage
21212 Bicycle rider under 18 required to wear approved helmet
21461 Must obey sign
21462 Failure to obey posted sign
21806 Drivers must yield right of way to emergency vehicle with emergency light activated.
22348(b) Exceeding 100 MPH (naughty, naughty!)
22349 Exceeding maximum posted speed limit
22350 Exceeding safe speed for conditions / posted
22400 Driving so slow as to block normal flow of traffic
22450  Must stop at stop sign
23103 Reckless Driving
23109(c) Exhibition of speed or power
23116 No passengers allowed in cargo area of open pick up truck, unless properly restrained.l 
23117 Animals must be restrained in cargo area of pickup truck. 
23136 Minor driving with BAC greater than .01 percent measured by a PAS
23140 Minor driving with a BAC greater then .05 percent
23152 Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
23153 Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causing injury, or death
24400 Headlight out
24409(a) Must dim high beams to on coming traffic
24600 Must have (2) RED taillights one on right and one of left.  (Not allowed to have clear lens with red bulb)
24603 Must have (2) RED brake lights activated when brake pedal is pressed.
26710 Windshield must be free from obstructions (cracks, hanging ornaments etc.)
27007 Forbidden to have audio sound level able to be heard more then 50 feet from vehicle. (Emergency vehicles exempt)
27315 Mandatory seatbelt law

 


 

 

PEOPLE DESCRIPTIONS

Sometimes when law enforcement personnel describe a certain person (for example a person that they are looking for) they will use an abbreviation for the person's general description.  For example a H-M-A is a Hispanic Male Adult, and a B-F-J would be a Black Female Juvenile.  This is not a 100% list since some departments will go even farther in the description such as a Japanese person instead of Asian, or an Libyan in stead of a Eastern Indian.  

 

RACE

SEX

AGE GROUP

A...Asian F...Female A...Adult
B....Black M...Male J...Juvenile
H...Hispanic    
W...White    
 

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