Police 10 Codes

What are Police 10 Codes?

Police 10 CodesPolice 10 Codes and signal codes refer to coded systems of numbers that correspond to activities or conditions emergency personnel encounter. They are usually transmitted by voice over the radio or used in mobile data systems. Police officers and dispatch communications centers use 10 codes to relay messages back-and-forth. These codes are meant to assist emergency personnel such as police, by providing uniformity and clarity in communication. Police radio codes differ greatly throughout various jurisdictions and regions.

What’s the difference between radio 10 codes and police signal codes?

Police 10 codes tend to deal with officer disposition, scene disposition, time-and-place, and certain aspects of message transmission or characteristics of communication. Police signal codes focus primarily on a specific activity or the type of emergency at hand.

List of Police Radio 10 Codes

Agency-specific list of police radio codes that will vary depending on jurisdiction.

10-1 Signal Weak 10-36 Time
10-2 Signal Good 10-37 Operator On Duty
10-3 Stop Transmitting 10-38 Roadblock
10-4 Affirmative 10-39 Message Delivered
10-5 Relay to 10-40 Intercity
10-6 Busy 10-42 Home
10-7 Out of Service 10-43 Information
10-8 In Service 10-45 Call ___ at ____
10-9 Repeat Your Traffic 10-46 Urgent
10-10 Out, Subject to Call 10-48 Message Ended. Did you receive ?
10-11 Talking Too Fast 10-49 Bank Run Detail
10-12 Official / Visitor Present 10-50 Traffic Stop
10-13 Weather Condition 10-51 Enroute
10-14 Escort 10-52 ETA
10-15 Prisoner 10-53 Coming By Office
10-17 Conduct Investigation 10-54 Negative
10-18 Expedite / Emergency Response 10-55 Car Calling Car
10-19 Return to Station 10-56 Meet ___ at ____
10-20 Location 10-57 Backup
10-21 Call PD by Telephone 10-60 Fire is Out
10-22 Disregard 10-61 Report / Paperwork
10-23 Standby 10-65 Can You Copy?
10-24 Trouble, Send Help 10-66 Cancel
10-25 Make Contact With or In Contact With 10-70 Wrecker
10-26 Message Received 10-71 Ambulance
10-27 Driver License Check 10-74 Radio Check
10-28 Tag / Registration Check 10-76 Gas Pumps
10-29 Stolen Tag/Auto Check 10-77 Meal Break
10-29P Wanted Person Check 10-80 Foot Patrol
10-30 Against Rules/Regulations 10-81 Close Patrol
10-31 Court 10-88 Contact Number or Person
10-32 Breathalyzer 10-94 Backup
10-33 Emergency Radio Traffic 10-95 Contagious Disease
10-34 Out of City 10-97 Arrived on Scene
10-35 Confidential Information 10-98 Completed Assignment


Examples of police 10 codes

OFFICER to DISPATCH: “10-4, you can show me 10-51”

MEANING: The officer affirms receiving the message (10-4) and is now en route (10-51) to the predetermined location.

OFFICER to DISPATCH: “I’m getting the complainant’s 10-43”

MEANING: The officer is getting the victim’s information.

OFFICER to DISPATCH: “10-1. Can you 10-9 your last transmission?”

The radio signal was weak or broken (10-1). The officer probably didn’t understand the last message and to please repeat (10-9) the last transmission/message.

Examples of police signal codes

OFFICER to DISPATCH: “I have a Signal 4 on 10th Avenue and Burrows Street. One driver appears possibly Signal 2

MEANING: The officer has happened upon a traffic accident at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Burrows. One driver appears to be drunk (Signal 2).

DISPATCH to OFFICER: “The complainant stated there is Signal 35 activity in the parking lot”

MEANING: A caller is alleging narcotics activity (e.g., drug deal) taking place in a parking lot at a predetermined location.

DISPATCH to OFFICER: “Can you respond to a possible Signal 7 at the Oakridge Apartments?”

MEANING: Dispatch is asking an officer if they are free to investigate a possible dead person at the Oakridge Apartments.

Signal code and 10 codes combined

OFFICER to DISPATCH: “10-4, you can show me 10-51 to the Signal 40 audible”

MEANING: The officer affirms receiving the message (10-4) and is now en route (10-51) to the predetermined location where there the audible burglar alarm is being reported.