It is by no means definitive or complete, and I'm sure it will be obsolete when Harley introduces new models in 2010 and beyond. But the other form of police communications, , are a different beast altogether. Beats are numbered 1-6 with beats 1-2 west of I-270 and beats 3-6 east of I-270. . Is the police alphabet the same everywhere? There is very little similarity on public safety radio jargon from one place to another. These four have been used in entertainment media enough that their meanings are fairly well-known.
King sector is the southern portion of the district, including Wheaton and Glenmont. If you run a car plate or suspect name and Dispatch hears B instead of D or T instead of P, you could end up dead, thinking you are talking to a regular dude when it's a 3 time loser who will kill you instead of going back to jail. The Duty Commander job rotates among Lieutenants and Captains. Its origins are uncertain, most probably evolving organically in Cockney London in the late 1800s or early 1900s. It's one thing to look at a list of codes, but its far better and more effective to listen to other people use them so you can get a feel for the nuance of how the codes are used. Occasionally, Montgomery County Park Police units will use the county radios. Some areas share scanner traffic between agencies, which means that multiple units are listening in at any given time.
The numbering for shifts 1-7 is not confirmed for the Charlie sector Rockville City Police. Please reference authorship and copyright of material used, including link s to Businessballs. The third number is simply the individual unit identifier units are numbered from highest rank to lowest rank in ascending order, i. If you are becoming a Police Officer then you will be required to the Phonetic Alphabet. The problem with having a nonstandard radio code system is that responding to large-scale events like natural disasters or mass-shootings requires teamwork between several agencies. So it is common to use words in place of letters so there is a more distinct difference between each pronunciation. Download any file through your browser's file save button.
Car numbers 9x are Office of Media Services Section units Public Information Officers. High-level officers are identified only by car number. The phonetic alphabet used for confirming spelling and words is quite different and far more complicated to the , used by used by linguists, speech therapists, and language teachers, etc. Not used by any important global standards organisations. Like the others have stated, some departments use military phonetic alphabet, but in SoCal, we use our own. Undoubtedly, there is room for error on my part.
If I shift to the phonetic alphabet, it usually just confuses things, e. Others I have seen in use: Code 1: At your convenience low priority response Code 5: Stakeout Code 6: Investigative follow-up Code 9: Subject of your stop is a known felon Code 20: Officer needs assistance nearby officers respond Code 30: Officer needs emergency assistance: everyone within the sound of my voice will respond Code 50: Dead body Code 99: Officer needs emergency assistance Code 100: Short rest room break e. Cars 70-77 are Office of Internal Affairs units. Cockney alphabet For amusement only. The need for codes to keep traffic brief was recognized early on, and a series of code numbers for specific incidents was established.
For example, 3-Adam-2 is the officer on shift 3 for beat 2 in sector A. Some of the more common codes are shown in bold. Paul sector includes the Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village areas. Car 10 must be notified of all major incidents in the county, including officers' use of force. Code Description Letter A Letter B Letter C Letter D Letter E Letter F Letter G Letter H Letter I Letter J Letter K Letter L Letter M Letter N Letter O Letter P Letter Q Letter R Letter S Letter T Letter U Letter V Letter W Letter X Letter Y Letter Z.
It's widely accepted that ten-codes originated during the 1920s or 1930s, as police were beginning to use radios more and more for communications. The data is arranged alphabetically by agency name. They use the same 10-codes and activity codes as the county police. Corporals have unit numbers ending in 1 e. The second number indicates the type of unit see table, below. John-3x units make up the John-3 beat team Olney substation.
Beats are numbered 1-2, in increasing order from west to east. Police departments use a mixture of plain English, 10 codes and the phonetic alphabet in order to keep radio communication as brief as possible. Nancy sector is the portion of the district west of Interstate 270, including Germantown part and Poolesville. By most accounts, Charles Hopper, a communications director with the Illinois State Police, is credited with establishing the first set of codes. Each sector is divided into two or more beats. If you have to shift in mid-conversation, confusion ensues. Fire Marshals and Sheriffs completely separate from the Police department use the Police radio channels.