Where can I find the police radio codes list?
I just got an app on my Droid that works as a police, fire, & ems scanner AND IT ACTUALLY HAS MY COUNTY IN IT'S DATABASE, WOO HOO!!! I live in Grays Harbor county, WA and am trying to find the meanings of the codes they say. They don't use regular 10-codes (like 10-4, ok/received) but they say "4's" a lot. Like 474, 474, and they don't match much in the 10-codes list that I can tell... Anyone know how I can find out what The Man is saying? lol
- robertLv 510 years agoFavorite Answer
along with using numbers from the criminal code they will also use their car numbers instead of their names, for instance the Chief of Police for the City near hear goes by "34" which is short for 13-34 which is his car. They also use a number instead of the City names, for instance the City I live in is referred to as 401, because it's where the County Court, Sheriff's Department etc. are all located at. The numbers all go up from here so the next closest city or town is call 402. They do this so they don't have a bunch of bored people with scanners following them around everywhere they go.Nothing against people with scanners but some just don't know how to stay out of the way.
Of course they also use 10 codes and signal codes, like every other department. If you're never hearing any 10 codes then the department you're listening to may have just gotten in the habit of dropping the 10 and just using the last set of numbers in the codes, OR they are using their own set of codes. There is no universal set of 10 codes and they vary wildly from one department to another, so there's no real way to know for sure what that department is using.
Edit: Jay makes a very good point. Departments are supposed to be slowly phasing out 10 codes and going to plain speech. One of the big reasons behind that decision was that there was very often a lot of confusion being caused because there was not one set standard for 10 codes. The list that Silvercharm has might be accurate in some places, but around my area about 1/3 of those are wrong.Source(s): 10yrs Living with and working closely with Law Enforcement
- LuellaLv 44 years ago
Many departments use non-standard codes,but Radio Shack used to sell a small book of ten codes...don't know if the still do. A quick Google search would be better,
- Joe in texasLv 710 years ago
Sometimes they will use numbers that refer to a section of the criminal code. Section 474 deals with counterfeit currency. Just a guess
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- JayLv 710 years ago
What you are probably hearing are the car numbers. Police departments have been ordered to do away with ten codes and other codes by a certain time and speak in plain language. You will pick it up gradually.
- silvercharm516Lv 710 years ago
10-1 Unable to copy -- change location
10-2 Signal good
10-3 Stop transmitting
10-4 Acknowledgement (OK)
10-6 Busy -- stand by unless urgent
10-7 Out of service
10-8 In service
10-10 Fight in progress
10-11 Dog case
10-12 Stand by (stop)
10-13 Weather -- road report
10-14 Prowler report
10-15 Civil disturbance
10-16 Domestic disturbance
10-17 Meet complainant
10-19 Return to ...
10-21 Call ... by telephone
10-23 Arrived at scene
10-24 Assignment completed
10-25 Report in person (meet) ...
10-26 Detaining subject, expedite
10-27 Drivers license information
10-28 Vehicle registration information
10-29 Check for wanted
10-30 Unnecessary use of radio
10-31 Crime in progress
10-32 Man with gun
10-35 Major crime alert
10-36 Correct time
10-37 (Investigate) suspicious vehicle
10-38 Stopping suspicious vehicle
10-39 Urgent -- use light, siren
10-40 Silent run -- no light, siren
10-41 Beginning tour of duty
10-42 Ending tour of duty
10-44 Permission to leave ... for ...
10-45 Animal carcass at ...
10-46 Assist motorist
10-47 Emergency road repairs at ...
10-48 Traffic standard repair at ...
10-49 Traffic light out at ...
10-50 Accident (fatal, personal injury, property damage)
10-51 Wrecker needed
10-52 Ambulance needed
10-53 Road blocked at ...
10-54 Livestock on highway
10-55 Suspected DUI
10-56 Intoxicated pedestrian
10-57 Hit and run (fatal, personal injury, property damage)
10-58 Direct traffic
10-59 Convoy or escort
10-60 Squad in vicinity
10-61 Isolate self for message
10-62 Reply to message
10-63 Prepare to make written copy
10-64 Message for local delivery
10-65 Net message assignment
10-66 Message cancellation
10-67 Clear for net message
10-68 Dispatch information
10-69 Message received
10-71 Advise nature of fire
10-72 Report progress on fire
10-73 Smoke report
10-75 In contact with ...
10-76 En route ...
10-77 ETA (estimated time of arrival)
10-78 Need assistance
10-79 Notify coroner
10-80 Chase in progress
10-82 Reserve lodging
10-83 Work school xing at ...
10-84 If meeting ... advise ETA
10-85 Delayed due to ...
10-86 Officer/operator on duty
10-87 Pick up/distribute checks
10-88 Present telephone number of ...
10-89 Bomb threat
10-90 Bank alarm at ...
10-91 Pick up prisoner/subject
10-92 Improperly parked vehicle
10-94 Drag racing
10-95 Prisoner/subject in custody
10-96 Mental subject
10-97 Check (test) signal
10-98 Prison/jail break
10-99 Wanted/stolen indicated