Police, EMS, and Emergency Response Codes

Police Codes

10-0   Caution

10-1   Reception poor

10-2   Reception good

10-3   Stop transmitting

10-4   Message received, understood

10-5   Repay message

10-6   Change channel

10-7   Out of service

10-7A Out of service, home

10-7B Out of service, personal

10-7C Out of service (court)

10-8   In service

10-9   Repeat message

10-10   Off duty

10-10A Off duty, home

10-11  Identify frequency

10-12  Visitor(s) present

10-13  Weather and road advice

10-14  Citizen w/suspect

10-15  Prisoner in custody

10-15m Prisoner in custody (mental case)

10-16  Pick up prisoner

10-17  Request for gasoline

10-18  Equipment exchange

10-19  Return(ing) to station

10-20  Location

10-21  Telephone

10-21A Advise home I will return at:

10-21B Call your home

10-22  Disregard last assignment

10-23  Stand by

10-24  Request car-to-car transmit

10-25  Do you have contact with:

10-26  Clear

10-27  D.D.L. report

10-28  Registration request

10-29  Check for wants

10-29A Check wants, subject (PIN)

10-29C Check complete, subject (NCIC)

10-29F  Subject wanted, felony

10-29H  Hazard potential from subject

10-29M Subject wanted, Misdemeanor

10-29R Check wants and record, subject (PIN, CJIC)

10-29V  Vehicle wanted

10-30  Doesn’t conform to regulations

10-31  Is lie detector available?

10-32  Drowning

10-33  Alarm sounding, audible

10-34  Assist at office

10-35  Confidential information

10-36  Time check

10-37  Identify operator

10-38  Your destination

10-39  Can not come to the radio?

10-40  Is not available for phone call?      10-41  Call the station on alternate frequency

10-42  Check the welfare of/at:

10-43  Call a doctor

10-44  Station _________ is calling your residence

10-45  Condition of patient?

10-45A Good

10-45B Serious

10-45C Critical

10-45D Dead

10-46 Advise if ________ available at phone

10-47 Officer ______ is available at _________

10-48 Not available for assignment/out for coffee or whatever

10-49  Proceed to:

10-50  Under influence of drugs

10-51  Drunk

10-52  Resuscitator

10-53  Man down

10-54  Possible dead body

10-55  Coroner case

10-56  Suicide

10-56A Suicide attempt

10-57  Missing person

10-59  Security check

10-60  Lock-out

10-61  Miscellaneous public service

10-62  Meet a citizen

10-62A Take a report from a citizen

10-62B Civilian standby

10-63  Prepare to copy

10-64  Found property

10-66  Suspicious person

10-67  Person calling for help

10-68  Telephone for police

10-70  Prowler

10-71  Shooting

10-72  Gun involved

10-73  How do you receive?

10-79  Bomb threat

10-80  Explosion

10-86  Any radio traffic?

10-88  Assume post

10-91  Animal

10-91A Animal, stray

10-91B Animal, noisy

10-91C Animal, injured

10-91D Animal, dead

10-91E Animal, bite

10-91G Animal, pickup

10-91J Animal, pickup collect

10-91L Animal, leash law violation

10-91V Animal, vicious

10-95  Need ID tech unit

10-97  Arrived at scene

10-98  Available to assign





Police Scanner 1-37 Codes…


Code 2   Urgent – no light or siren

Code 3   Use lights and siren

Code 4   No further assistance needed

Code 5   Stakeout

Code 6   Stay out of area

Code 7   Meal break

Code 8   Restroom break

Code 9   Summer uniform

Code 10 SWAT pre-call up

Code 11 SWAT Call up

Code 37 Subject/Property wanted


Police Scanner 11 Codes

11-6   Illegal discharge of firearms

11-7   Prowler

11-8   Person down

11-10 Take report

11-12 Dead animal

11-13 Injured animal

11-14 Animal bite

11-15 Ball game in street

11-17 Wires down

11-24 Abandoned vehicle

11-25 Traffic hazard

11-25X Female motorist need assistance

11-26  Abandoned bicycle

11-27  10-27 W/driver held

11-28  10-28 W/driver held

11-29  Subject has no record

11-30  Incomplete telephone call

11-31  Person calling for help

11-40  Advise if ambulance needed

11-41  Ambulance needed

11-42  No ambulance needed

11-43  Doctor required

11-44  Coroner required

11-45  Attempted suicide

11-46  Death report

11-47  Injured Person

11-48  Furnish transportation

11-51  Escort

11-52  Funeral detail

11-54  Suspicious vehicle

11-55  Officer being followed by auto

11-56  W/dangerous persons

11-57  Unidentified auto at assignments

11-58  Radio monitored, use phone

11-59  Intensive attention: high hazard, business areas

11-60  Attack in high hazard area

11-65  Signal light out

11-66  Defective signal light

11-70  Fire Alarm

11-71  Fire Report

11-78  Aircraft accident

11-79  Accident – Ambulance sent

11-80  Accident – Major injuries

11-81  Accident – Minor injuries

11-82  Accident – No injuries

11-83  Accident – No detail

11-84  Direct traffic

11-85  Tow truck required

11-86  Special Detail

11-87  Assist Other Unit

11-94  Pedestrian stop

11-95  Routine traffic stop

11-96  Checking suspicious vehicle

11-97  Time/security check on patrol

11-98  Meet:

11-99  Officer needs help!


Police Scanner Numeric Codes

14 Ambulance in route

15 Citizens holding suspect

17f Fugitive attachment

17m Municipal court attachment

17t Traffic attachment

18 Traffic incident

19 Drunk

20 Auto accident

20a Airplane crash

20f Fatal accident

20i Injury accident

21 Complaint

23 Traffic congestion

24 Medical emergency

25 Call dispatcher

26 Police officer

27 Attempted crime

28 Inciting a felony

29 Death

30 Homicide

30c Homicide by cutting

30s Homicide by shooting

34 Aggravated battery

34c Cutting

34s Shooting

35 Simple battery

37 Aggravated assault

38 Simple assault

39 Negligent injury

42 Aggravated rape

43 Simple rape

44 Aggravated kidnapping

45 Simple kidnapping

51 Aggravated arson

51b Bomb threat

52 Simple arson

52e Explosives

52f Fire

54 Combustible materials

56 Criminal damage

58 Contaminated water

59 Criminal Mischief

60 Aggravated burglary

62 Alarms

62b Simple burglary

62c Auto burglary

62r Residential burglary

62s Safe burglary

63 Criminal Trespass

63s Sit-in

64 Armed robbery

64g Armed robbery/gun

64k Armed robbery/knife

65 Simple robbery

65p Purse snatching

66 Extortion threats

68 Unauthorized use of movable

69 Possession of stolen goods

71 Issuing worthless checks

72 Forgery

80 Carnal knowledge of juvenile

Community relationships are important in policing (Photo by Jack Dennis)

81 Indecent behavior with juvenile

82 Prostitution

84 Pandering

87 Abortion

89 Crime against nature

90 Gambling

90c Gambling by cards

90d Gambling by dice

91 Unlawful sale to minor

93 Cruelty to juvenile

94 Illegal use of weapon

95 Illegal carrying of gun

95k Illegal carrying of knife

98 D.W.I.

99 Reckless operation

100 Hit and run

148 Resisting Arrest

187 Homicide

207 Kidnapping

207A Kidnapping attempt

211 Robbery

211A Robbery alarm

211S Robbery alarm, silent

217 Assault with intent to murder

240 Assault

242 Battery

243 Assault on Police Officer

245 Assault with a deadly weapon

246 Shooting at inhabited dwelling

261 Rape

261A Attempted rape

273 Assault on Person

273A Child neglect

273D Wife beating – Felony

288 Lewd conduct

311 Indecent exposure

314 Indecent exposure

374B Illegal dumping

390 Drunk

390c Drunk in Vehicle

390D Drunk, unconscious

404 Riot

407 Unlawful Assembly

415 Disturbance

415b Investigate the Trouble

415c Disturbance – Children involved

415d Disturbance – Drunk involved

415e Loud Music or Party

415f Disturbance – Family

415g Disturbance – Gang

417 Person with a gun

417A Person with a knife

447 Arson

459 Burglary

459A Burglar alarm

459S Burglar alarm, silent

464 Burglary with Explosives

470 Forgery

477a Arson

480 Hit and run – Felony

481 Hit and run – Misdemeanor

484 Petty theft

484f Fraudulent use of Credit Card(s)

484ps Purse Snatch

487 Grand theft

487.2 Theft from Person or Purse snatch

488 Petty theft

496 Recieving stolen property

502 Drunk Driving

503 Auto theft

504 Tampering with a vehicle

505 Reckless driving

507 Public nuisance

510 Speeding or racing vehicles

537 Defrauding Innkeeper

586 Illegal parking

586e Vehicle blocking Driveway

594 Malicious mischief

595 Runaway car

602 Trespassing

602.5 Entry without consent

603 Unlawful entry

604 Throwing missiles

647 Lewd conduct

647a Vagrant loitering in Public Place

647b Prostitution

647c Begging

647d Loitering in Restroom

647e Loitering Place to Place

647f Drunk

647ff Drunk – enroute to Detox

647g Prowler

647h Illegal Lodging

653M Threatening phone calls

901 Ambulance Call

901a Ambulance Call – Attempted Suicide

901b Ambulance Call – Drowning

901c Ambulance Call – Cutting

901d Ambulance Call – Drunk

901g Ambulance Call – Gas

901h Ambulance Call – Dead Body

901k Ambulance has been dispatched

901n Ambulance requested

901s Ambulance Call – Shooting

901t Ambulance Call – Traffic Accident

901y Request Ambulance if needed

902 Accident

902h Enroute to Hospital

902m Medical Aid needed

902t Traffic Accident

903 Aircraft Crash

904 Fire

910 Can handle detail

952 Report on conditions

955 Detail under control

956 Detail incomplete, but available

957 Delayed response of __ minutes


1000 Plane crash

3000 Road block

4532 Escape

5150 Mentally disturbed person

10851 Stolen vehicle

10852 Tampering with vehicle

11300 Narcotics

12020 Carrying Concealed Weapon

14601 Driving w/suspended DL

20001 Felony hit and run

20002 Misdemeanor hit and run

20007 Hit and run – Unattended

21958 Drunk pedestrian on roadway

22350 Speeding (used to be 505)

22500 Illegal parking/impound

23101 Drunk driving – injuries

23102 Drunk driving

23103 Reckless driver

23104 Reckless driver

23105 Driver under narcotics

23109 Racing

23110 Person throwing objects at vehicles

23151 Drunk driving – injuries

23152 Misdemeanor Drunk driving

23153 Reckless driving (use to be 510)

23109 Speed Contest



Abbreviated Codes


A Adult

A No rain expected

AC Aircraft crash

AC Animal control

ADW Assault with a Deadly Weapon

APB All points bulletin

ASAP As soon as possible

AID Accident Investigation Detail

AV Abandoned vehicle

B Rain Expected

BLK Block

BKG Booking

BO Out of Order

BOL Be On the Lookout

CP Complaining Party

CPD City or County Property Damage

CT Court

DB Dead Body

DMV Department of Motor Vehicles Information requested

E-B Eastbound

ETA Estimated Time of Arrival

EXP Expired

FTA Failure to Appear

GOA Gone on Arrival

GTA Grand Theft Auto

INJ Injury

I/S Intersection

J Juvenile involved

LIC License

LT/T Left turn

M/C Motorcycle

NCIC National Criminal Information Center

NIA Non-Injury Accident

OBS Observed

OD Off Duty

OP LIC Operator’s License

OT Over Time

PAB Policy Administration Building

PI Personal Injury

POSS Possession

QT Secrecy required

RES DIST Residential District

ROF Report on File

RP Reporting Party

SPD Speed

UL Unable to Locate

UTL Unable to Locate

VEH Vehicle

VIN Vehicle Identification Number

WIT Witness

X Female involved

45/25 MPH clocked speed in zone


Police Scanner Internal Codes used by many agencies


Code 1 Acknowledge this Call

Code 2 Proceed Immediately with lights/without Siren

Code 3 Proceed Immediately with lights and Siren

Code 4 No further assistance required

Code 5 Stakeout – Uniformed Officers stay away

Code 6 Out of Vehicle for Investigation

Code 7 Out of Service to eat

Code 8 Fire Alarm

Code 9 Answering ring-down

Code 10 Bomb Threat

Code 12 Patrol your District and report extent of damage

Code 13 Major Disaster Activation

Code 14 Resume normal Operation

Code 20 Notify News Media to respond

Code 22 Restricted Radio Traffic

Code 30 Officer needs assistance – Emergency

Code 33 Emergency Traffic on Air – All units stand by

Code 43 TAC forces committed

Code 100 In position to intercept Suspect



Units Adam: Morning shift

Baker: Swing shift

Charlie: Day shift

Officers Adam: Auxiliary

Charlie: Captain

Denver: Detective

David: Detective

Frank: Felony Investigation

Henry: Homicide

John: Juvenile

Lincoln: Lieutenant

Nora: Narcotics

Paul: Patrol

Sam: Sergeant

X-Ray: Burglary

Victor: Vice/Narcotics

King: Helicopter


Phonetic Alphabet


A- Alpha

B- Bravo

C- Charlie

D- Delta

E- Echo F- Foxtrot

G- Golf

H- Hotel

I-  India

J- Juliett

K- Kilo

L- Lima

M- Mike

N- November

O- Oscar

P- Papa

Q- Quebec

R- Romeo

S- Sierra

T- Tango

U- Uniform

V- Victor

W- Whiskey

X- X-Ray

Y- Yankee

Z- Zulu



Police Scanner Color Codes


Code Blue Bus/Cab in trouble

Code Red Varda Alarm activated

Code Purple Gang Activity


Medical / Fire Status Codes


Code 10 Critical Trauma case

Code 20 Acute Trauma case

Code 30 Trauma case

Code 40 Serious case (IV started)

Code 50 Basic transport (not serious)

Code N Newsworthy event