What are Police 10 Codes?
Police 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.
|10-2||Signal Good||10-37||Operator On Duty|
|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|
|10-15||Prisoner||10-53||Coming By Office|
|10-18||Expedite / Emergency Response||10-55||Car Calling Car|
|10-19||Return to Station||10-56||Meet ___ at ____|
|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|
|10-27||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|
|10-33||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
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.All posts in this series:
Police Signal Codes - A reference listing of police signal codes.
Police 10 Codes - A reference listing of police 10 codes.
Phonetic Alphabet - ALPHA through ZULU Phonetic Alphabet.
How to Use a Police Radio - Instructions how to use a police radio and how to transmit a message.
Navy Signal Flags - Navy Signal Flags with meanings and images of flags.
American Morse Code - American Morse Code letters and numbers and how they differ from International Morse Code.
Morse Code SOS Distress - How to send a Morse Code SOS distress signal with example telegraph sound and flashing light SOS signal.