Police Codes
  • Police Codes and signals are sequences of numbers and sometimes letters to describe a situation with the local Police Department. The following American Police Code Articles will provide documentation for a number of Free Police Codes and signals on record. These Local Police Code lists should be all you would need to understand when you listen to the Police Scanners and if you are considering being a Police Officer then I hope these lists will assist you in your Cadet training.

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    This is a common Police 10 Code Listing.

    This is a list of Local Police Codes called Police 11 Codes.

    Common Call Codes List using 14 – 99 Police Codes 14-99.

    Make sure you know the Police Officer’s Phonetic Alphabet.

    Here is a straight forward Police Officer’s Code of Ethics.

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    Since this site is “Police Codes”.org I have an obligation to continue and build these lists of Local Police Codes for Scanners in the United States. We live in a large Country and there are many variations from State to State and from City to City. I’ll continue with my research to pull these together so the proper American Police Codes scanner list for your area is available here.


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  • Police use the Phonetic Alphabet:

    When communicating letters over the Police Radio or Scanners they need to reduce the possibility of errors in communication. So it is common to use words in place of letters so there is a more distinct difference between each pronunciation. This allows the listener of every department, Police, Fire, Military, etc to communicate as accurately as possible. This particular list is also known as the NY Police Alphabet.

    If you are becoming a Police Officer then you will be required to the Phonetic Alphabet. If listening to Police Scanners is what you want to do then learn each word in this list to help you understand what they are saying on your Police Scanner Radios. The next step is to learn the other sets of Police Codes. Have you ever thought of becoming a Police Officer? If you have not take just a moment to wonder what it would be like. What other codes would you need to know for your work?

    • A – Adam
    • B – Baker or Boy
    • C – Charlie
    • D – David
    • E – Easy or Edward
    • F – Frank
    • G – George
    • H – Henry
    • I – Ida
    • J – John
    • K – King
    • L – Lincoln
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  • I’ve searched for an uncomplicated Police Officer Code of Ethics and found one that is to the point. I’m sharing it with you as it is related to Police Codes.


    Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

    • As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
    • I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
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  • Police Codes and Signals Basics

    I’ve been asked by many for tips that would apply to all Police Radio Codes and Signals in every state. This is important as most all the time we don’t have the luxury of being able to replay what we’ve just heard. In addition, especially when just beginning there is always a large amount of confusion when trying to decipher what we are hearing on our Police Radio Scanners. As a result I’ve come up with a few Scanning Tips that hold true most of the time. I’ll continue to add or grow this list time permitting.

    One of the most important things is when the Police Officer or Dispatcher ends a statement or call. Quite often it may end with the time. This is where you need to understand they use the 24 hour formatted time or Military Time. For example if they say Thirteen Hundred they mean 1:00PM, not Police activity code 1300.

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  • Police Codes.org Traffic comes from all around the world but the majority of our visitors come from the United States. The little map below shows where the most interest in Police Codes and Signals or Police Phonetic Alphabet lists comes from. Interesting isn’t it? I have data from thousands and thousands of our visitors all around the world. Keep in mind this map only shows Today’s Traffic!

    I am looking for a map of just the United States to show how the various States are more or less interested in Scanning Police Radio Codes. If you know of one please let me know.

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