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Sharp
08-11-2008, 11:22 PM
Im looking to go ahead and start working on learning 10-codes. Im planning on applying with ISP next year or when the next hiring process is, so I would appreciate it if someone could help me find a list that they use.

Also, do most/all agencies in IN use the same list? Or does it vary between regions or even between counties? Ill take all the help I can get, but for reference Im in the Bartholomew County area. I have found a list (http://www.phreak.org/radio/tencode.html)online, but Im not sure if it is accurate.

Again, any help is appreciated. I understand if PMs are preferred, so feel free to send me links/lists that way if you wish.

Hard Hitter
08-12-2008, 12:30 AM
Nothing personal but I don't think its a good idea to be passing around codes we use. I know I don't want anyone out there who is not a police officer knowing what is being said. That is why we have codes so the average joe does not know. Good Luck with the ISP and when its your time you will learn them. Really with a little repetition you pick it up fast anyway.

Underdog28
08-12-2008, 12:37 AM
Wrong.

Codes are not designed to be cryptic, telephones and MDT's are. Anyone with a scanner can learn the meanings of codes in a week. Codes were designed for brevity and uniformity. There are no less than 5 websites that have accurate Indiana 10-codes and Signals.

Sharp
08-12-2008, 12:53 AM
Nothing personal but I don't think its a good idea to be passing around codes we use. I know I don't want anyone out there who is not a police officer knowing what is being said. That is why we have codes so the average joe does not know. Good Luck with the ISP and when its your time you will learn them. Really with a little repetition you pick it up fast anyway.

Your average citizen wouldnt really care whats being said. Anyone who really wants to know can find out. I found a list I believe to be accurate (at least in part with Brown County), but outside of learning them I have no use for them as of now. I rarely listen to scanners, in part because Im not entirely sure how to use it, and in part because in this area its usually silent outside of the occasional check-in and DL check.

Hard Hitter
08-12-2008, 01:05 AM
All Im saying is I dont want everyone out there knowing what is being said. So you have dispatch to run a guy you stop walking down the street at 3 am. You want them to come back with joe blow has 20 points on his license HTV and has warrants for weapons violations and resisting. What do you think that guys gonna do. Im not saying you cant find the codes but why would you want them broadcast for everyone to know. If thats the point why have them at all.

MidCareer
08-12-2008, 03:09 AM
Get on-line much do you Hard Hitter? All you have to do is do a Google search for Indiana police codes and there you are. As someone mentioned, they're not secret Batman codes, weren't designed for that. They were designed for speedy transmissions.

MCSD241
08-12-2008, 03:12 AM
I hate most 10-codes. Thank goodness we went away from them...say what you mean. You get people making a complete sentence out of 10-codes :rolleyes:. I guess FEMA is trying to get departments away from using them so when a disaster hit an area and officers from other states come to assist, they will all be on the same page. 10-codes will vary on the department that uses them.

Groove
08-12-2008, 06:14 AM
why have them at all.


I thought most dept's got rid of them years ago because A) everyone knew what they meant B) when the S hits the F isn't it easier to just say whats wrong then try and remember an antiquated system of codes?

Sharp
08-12-2008, 02:13 PM
After some more googling, I found a list that supposedly contains all the correct 10-codes and signals for ISP. It is different that my original list.




All Im saying is I dont want everyone out there knowing what is being said. So you have dispatch to run a guy you stop walking down the street at 3 am. You want them to come back with joe blow has 20 points on his license HTV and has warrants for weapons violations and resisting. What do you think that guys gonna do. Im not saying you cant find the codes but why would you want them broadcast for everyone to know. If thats the point why have them at all.

Id imagine that if Joe Blow has 20 pts and warrants, he already knows it. He'll know straight off he's in trouble, regardless of how dispatch informs you of it. If you even get a chance to run him.


Also, I got a kick out of this list... Apparently Signal 42 is requesting the availability of a "drunkometer" :o

MidCareer
08-12-2008, 02:49 PM
I hate most 10-codes. Thank goodness we went away from them...say what you mean. You get people making a complete sentence out of 10-codes :rolleyes:. I guess FEMA is trying to get departments away from using them so when a disaster hit an area and officers from other states come to assist, they will all be on the same page. 10-codes will vary on the department that uses them.


Negative. This was the case a few years ago when FEMA/Dept. of Homeland Security was going to force agencies to go to plain talk or lose funding. After a lot of urging, DHS backed off. They even had a message on their website saying that it was ok to continue using 10 codes within your agency, however, when the poo hits the fan and it goes to more than one agency, you are to use plain talk.

Personally, I use 'em and will continue to use 'em.

Underdog28
08-12-2008, 03:05 PM
My favorite saying is "Signal 4 Signal 43 J3 1 Time Signal 42"

Christyle
08-12-2008, 03:39 PM
Hard Hitter, you need to take a chill pill. As stated, you can go to Google and get any codes. Sharp is perfectly harmless anyway. No need to start attacking members when you just signed up and started posting.

Ten Six
08-12-2008, 06:36 PM
Wrong.

Codes are not designed to be cryptic, telephones and MDT's are. Anyone with a scanner can learn the meanings of codes in a week. Codes were designed for brevity and uniformity. There are no less than 5 websites that have accurate Indiana 10-codes and Signals.Right. 10 codes and signal for for brevity. They are not a covert language. My agency doesn't use codes or signals anymore.

Sharp
08-13-2008, 12:31 AM
My favorite saying is "Signal 4 Signal 43 J3 1 Time Signal 42"

Lol thats a mouth full. I have to agree that its just easier to say that you're on your way back to HQ with a prisoner and need a breathalyzer. 10-codes are a little more fun though.

I was sitting in the dispatching office in Brown County, I got a kick out of it when one of the dispatchers said ".....10-36 22:36". Im easily amused I guess.

Another thing I noticed and found a little odd, is that when an officer would call in for a 10-27, the dispatcher would say "your results on your 10-27 are..." I figured there was a 10-code for the results.

Ten Six
08-13-2008, 05:22 AM
Lol thats a mouth full. I have to agree that its just easier to say that you're on your way back to HQ with a prisoner and need a breathalyzer. 10-codes are a little more fun though.

I was sitting in the dispatching office in Brown County, I got a kick out of it when one of the dispatchers said ".....10-36 22:36". Im easily amused I guess.

Another thing I noticed and found a little odd, is that when an officer would call in for a 10-27, the dispatcher would say "your results on your 10-27 are..." I figured there was a 10-code for the results.Yep, that defeats the purpose of signals and codes. 10-52 means, "I need an ambulance at this location." However, most would say, "I need a 10-52 at this location." What good did it do to use a code?

CruiserClass
08-13-2008, 04:25 PM
To answer the original question:
http://www.spookyblue.com/police-scanner/10code.htm seems pretty accurate, and kind of funny in the way they are described.

Yes, they are pretty standard in Indiana. This is NOT true in some other states, Kentucky for example, where a city PD may have different codes than their county SD uses. Indiana codes and, say Louisville codes, are also completely different.

Indianapolis (and Lousville, for that matter) are technically plain speech departments, but several common 10 codes are still in use, 10-27, 10-28, etc.

Our coroner is their plane crash, for example. Several of the common ones are the same, which only makes the differences more confusing. That's why the Feds encourage plain speech between agencies. You don't want a vending machine vandal being described as a person who shot at police because 10 codes don't match up.

And if you don't think the thugs know what 10-99 means I hope you brought your running shoes...

Christyle
08-13-2008, 04:33 PM
Lol thats a mouth full. I have to agree that its just easier to say that you're on your way back to HQ with a prisoner and need a breathalyzer. 10-codes are a little more fun though.

I was sitting in the dispatching office in Brown County, I got a kick out of it when one of the dispatchers said ".....10-36 22:36". Im easily amused I guess.

Another thing I noticed and found a little odd, is that when an officer would call in for a 10-27, the dispatcher would say "your results on your 10-27 are..." I figured there was a 10-code for the results.

Every dispatcher dispatches differently. For one, my PD is plain English, however some codes do get used every so often. But when codes were used, I never did the whole "your results on your 10-27 are..." That's just too much talking IMHO.

Underdog28
08-13-2008, 08:26 PM
Every dispatcher dispatches differently. For one, my PD is plain English, however some codes do get used every so often. But when codes were used, I never did the whole "your results on your 10-27 are..." That's just too much talking IMHO.
Seems easier to me to just give it to them. "XX-XX, Jones has Operators..."

Christyle
08-13-2008, 08:49 PM
I don't even do that!

pc2761
08-13-2008, 10:22 PM
To answer the original question:
http://www.spookyblue.com/police-scanner/10code.htm seems pretty accurate, and kind of funny in the way they are described.

Yes, they are pretty standard in Indiana. This is NOT true in some other states, Kentucky for example, where a city PD may have different codes than their county SD uses. Indiana codes and, say Louisville codes, are also completely different.

Indianapolis (and Lousville, for that matter) are technically plain speech departments, but several common 10 codes are still in use, 10-27, 10-28, etc.

Our coroner is their plane crash, for example. Several of the common ones are the same, which only makes the differences more confusing. That's why the Feds encourage plain speech between agencies. You don't want a vending machine vandal being described as a person who shot at police because 10 codes don't match up.

And if you don't think the thugs know what 10-99 means I hope you brought your running shoes...

whats 10-99:confused:

Ten Six
08-13-2008, 10:31 PM
whats 10-99:confused:Signal 40 and 10-99 pretty much mean the same thing. W.O.W.

pc2761
08-14-2008, 09:40 AM
Signal 40 and 10-99 pretty much mean the same thing. W.O.W.

wow we must be extra special up here because neither of those mean anything to me.;)

CruiserClass
08-14-2008, 04:23 PM
wow we must be extra special up here because neither of those mean anything to me.;)

You could have just clicked on the link that I provided...;)

10-99 = wanted. Warrant for a person, stolen hit on an item.

laker_cj
08-14-2008, 07:20 PM
Indianapolis Signal 51 = Running Radar
Elkhart County Signal 51 = Homicide

Just an example of how they can differ vastly from area to area.

pc2761
08-15-2008, 11:04 AM
You could have just clicked on the link that I provided...;)

10-99 = wanted. Warrant for a person, stolen hit on an item.

Yeah i finally got the idea to check it. We use signals also and thought he was referring to our signal system until i saw the link.

Underdog28
08-15-2008, 01:04 PM
Signal 10-99 ;)

Dracop
08-29-2008, 09:16 AM
Indianapolis Signal 51 = Running Radar
Elkhart County Signal 51 = Homicide

Just an example of how they can differ vastly from area to area.

Sagamore Hills Township Signal 51= Outstanding Warrant

jcwell23
08-30-2008, 07:03 PM
Sagamore Hills Township Signal 51= Outstanding Warrant

ISP SIGNAL 51 = HAZARDOUS MATERIAL MOVEMENT