Police code

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A police code is a numerical brevity code for a crime, incident, or instructions for police officers.

Canada[edit]

Quebec[edit]

The following list is the police code system in the province of Quebec used by Sûreté du Québec, École nationale de police du Québec, and the municipal police.[1]

Code Description
120 Operation 100
121 Priority on the air
122 Priority on silence
123 Sick or injured person
124 Operation completed
125 Operation continued
126 Intercept suspect
127 Proceed with caution
128 No siren, no flashing
129 Request back up
130 Emergency
131 Shooting
132 Armed robbery
133 Possibly dangerous person
134 Kidnapping
135 Escape
136 Hold of hostages
137 Riot
138 Bomb alert
139 Air disaster
140 Murder
141 Accident
142 Unlawful assembly
143 Hit and run
144 Impaired
145 Prisoner transport
146 Breaking and entering (vehicle or residence)
147 Suspect Armed
148 Brawl/Family feuding
149 Ascertainment
150 Theft

United States[edit]

California[edit]

The Hundred Code[2] is a three digit police code system. This code is usually pronounced digit-by-digit, using a radio alphabet for any letters, as 505 "five zero five" or 207A "two zero seven Adam".

The following codes are used in California;[3] most are from the California Penal Code (except as noted below):

Code Description
187 Murder
207 Kidnapping
207A Kidnapping attempt
211 Robbery
211A Robbery alarm
211S Robbery alarm, silent
212 Illegal use of drugs
213 Use of illegal explosives
214 Kidnapping and Murder
215 Carjacking
216 Child Abuse
217 Assault with intent to murder
218 Sexual Activity with a Minor
219 Cutting
240 Assault
241 Impaling
242 Battery
243 Battery with dangerous weapons
244 Murder with Illegal weapons
245 Assault with a deadly weapon
246 Shooting at inhabited dwelling
261 Rape
261A Attempted rape
273A Child neglect
273D Domestic violence - Felony
288 Lewd conduct
311 Child Pornography
314 Indecent exposure
374B Illegal dumping
390 Drunk
390D Drunk, unconscious
415 Disturbance in a car
417 Person with a gun
417K Person with a knife
417B Person with bomb
428 Child Molest
444 Officer-Involved Shooting
459 Burglary
459A Burglar alarm
459S Burglar alarm, silent
470 Forgery
480 Hit and run - Felony (great bodily injury or death)
481 Hit and run - Misdemeanor
484 Theft (definition)
486 Major Theft (value < 10,000)
487 Grand theft (value > $950, or certain livestock)
488 Petty theft (value < $950)
501 Drunk Driving - Felony (great bodily injury or death)
502 Drunk Driving
503 Auto theft
504 Tampering with a vehicle
505A Reckless driving
507 Public nuisance
510 Speeding or racing vehicles
586 Illegal parking
594 Malicious mischief
604 Throwing missiles
647 Lewd conduct (various subsections)
653M Threatening phone calls

Note that "500" codes are only radio codes that substitute for other code sections. Example: a "503" is not Penal Code section 503 (which is Embezzlement). All of the "500" codes, generally, involve vehicles and are thus grouped together (except 594, which is a legitimate Penal Code). Additionally, "390" (and variants) are also radio codes only (CPC 647(f) is the legally enforced section "public intoxication").

In California, some radio codes in the 400–599 range that refer to vehicle violations are left over from the California Vehicle Code (CVC) which was revised in 1971. Some agencies, such as the California Highway Patrol (CHP) use the current vehicle code numbers while municipal and county police agencies, especially the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) still use the 500 series.

Old New Description
480 20001 Felony Hit and Run
481 20002 Misdemeanor Hit and Run
501 23151 Felony Drunk Driving
502 23152 Misdemeanor Drunk Driving[4]
503 10851 Stolen Vehicle (also a penal code section, 487A, Grand Theft Auto)
504 10854 Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
505 23103 Reckless Driving
510 23109 Speed Contest / Racing
586 22500 Illegal Parking

Texas[edit]

Austin[edit]

The 10 before a number indicates a code.[citation needed]

10-0 Caution
10-1 Unable to Copy
10-2 Signal Good
10-3 Stop Transmitting
10-4 Acknowledgment (OK)
10-5 Relay
10-6 Busy - Unless Urgent
10-7 Out of Service
10-8 In Service
10-9 Repeat
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 Problem
10-17 Meet Complaint
10-18 Quickly
10-19 Return to ___
10-20 Location
10-21 Call...By Telephone
10-22 Disregard
10-23 Arrived at Location
10-24 Assignment Completed
10-25 Report in Person (Meet)
10-26 Detaining Subject: Expedite
10-27 D.L. Information
10-28 Vehicle Registration Info.
10-29 Check for Wanted/Stolen
10-30 Unnecessary Use of the Radio
10-31 Crime in Progress
10-32 Subject with a Gun
10-33 Emergency
10-34 Riot
10-35 Major Crime Alert
10-36 Correct Time
10-37 Investigate Suspicious Vehicle
10-38 Stopping Suspicious Vehicle
10-39 Urgent - Use Lights/Siren
10-40 Silent Run - No Lights/Siren
10-41 Beginning Tour of Duty
10-42 Ending Tour of Duty
10-43 Information
10-44 Permission to Leave For ___
10-45 Animal Carcass
10-46 Assist Motorist
10-47 Emergency Road Repair at ___
10-48 Traffic Standard Repair at ___
10-49 Traffic Light Out at___
10-50 Collision
10-51 Wrecker Needed
10-52 Ambulance
10-53 Road Block at ___
10-54 Livestock on Highway
10-55 Intoxicated Driver
10-56 Intoxicated Pedestrian
10-57 Leaving the Scene Collision
10-58 Direct Traffic
10-59 Convoy or Escort
10-60 Squad in Vicinity
10-61 Personnel in Area
10-62 Reply to Message
10-63 Prepare to Make Written Copy
10-64 Message - 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
10-70 Fire Alarm
10-71 Advise Nature of Fire
10-72 Report Progress of Fire
10-73 Smoke Report
10-74 Negative
10-75 Make Backup
10-76 En Route to __
10-77 ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)
10-78 Need Assistance
10-79 Notify Coroner
10-80 Chase in Progress
10-81 Breathalyzer Report
10-82 Reserve Lodging
10-83 Work School Crossing at__
10-84 If Meeting...Advise ETA
10-85 Delayed Due to ___
10-86 Officer/Operator on Duty
10-87 Pickup/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
10-93 Blockade
10-94 Drag Racing
10-95 Prisoner/Subject in Custody
10-96 Subject with Mental Illness
10-97 Check Signal (Test)
10-98 Prison/Jail Break
10-99 Wanted/Stolen Indicated
10-99#1 #1 - Class C Misdemeanor
10-99#2 #2 - Class A or B Misdemeanor
10-99#3 #3 - Felony

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Quebec Scanning". Quebec Scanning. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Police Scanner Codes".
  3. ^ In the 1970s, the television show Adam-12 was so authentic in its portrayal of Los Angeles PD officers and their procedures, that excerpts from the shows were used as police training films around the country. This led to widespread use of California Penal Codes as radio codes in states where "187" and "211" were not on the books, only on the air.
  4. ^ A drunk driver is often referred to as a "deuce". This comes from the "2" at the end of the original code, "502", and has, coincidentally(?), remained a code ending in "2": 23102, 23152. To this day, people will still say someone "got busted for a 502" yet there will be no law, reference, ticket or report with that number on it for drunk driving.

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