Police Scanner Codes

Police Scanner Codes

Police scanner codes basically refer to different number-number, number-letter, or number-word combinations used by the police in radio communication. Buzzle introduces the concept and purpose of scanner codes, and also provides a code chart. Take a look!
Did You Know?
Post 2011, most scanner codes have been replaced by simple language in order to introduce greater clarity and detail. This is because the message indicated by a code is very brief and doesn't provide a complete insight into a situation.

The police scanner codes were devised by Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, and were intended to allow for brevity and standardization of radio communication. Using these codes made communication quicker and easier, thus leading to efficiency in law enforcement procedures.

These codes were designed to address all kinds of emergencies like road mishaps, relief operations, bomb threats, burglaries, and the like. They can be categorized into 10 codes, 11 codes, 1-37 codes, numeric codes, color codes, and fire/medical status codes.

Below listed are several codes classified as per the above-mentioned categories.

Police Scanner Codes

1-37 Codes

Code 2Urgent - no light or siren
Code 3Use lights and siren
Code 4No further assistance needed
Code 5Stakeout
Code 6Stay out of area
Code 7Meal break
Code 8Restroom break
Code 9Summer uniform
Code 10SWAT pre-call up
Code 11SWAT call up
Code 37Subject/property wanted
Fire/Medical Status Codes

Code 10Critical Trauma case
Code 20Acute Trauma case
Code 30Trauma case
Code 40Serious case (IV started)
Code 50Basic transport (not serious)
Code NNewsworthy event
Color Codes

Code BlueBus/Cab in trouble
Code RedVarda Alarm activated
Code PurpleGang Activity

10 Codes

10-00Officer down, all patrols respond
10-1Reception poor
10-2Reception good
10-3Stop transmitting
10-4Message received, understood
10-5Relay message
10-6Change channel
10-7Out of service
10-7AOut of service, home
10-7BOut of service, personal
10-8In service
10-9Repeat message
10-10Off duty
10-10AOff duty, home
10-11Identify frequency
10-12Visitor(s) present
10-13Weather and road advice
10-14Citizen w/suspect
10-15Prisoner in custody
10-16Pick up prisoner
10-17Request for gasoline
10-18Equipment exchange
10-19Return(ing) to station
10-21AAdvise home I will return at ____
10-22Disregard last assignment
10-23Stand by
10-24Request car-to-car transmit
10-25Do you have contact with ____
10-27D.D.L. report
10-28Registration request
10-29Check for wants
10-29FSubject wanted, felony
10-29HHazard potential from subject
10-29MSubject wanted, misdemeanor
10-29VVehicle wanted
10-30Doesn't conform to regulations
10-33Alarm sounding, audible
10-34Assist at office
10-35Time check
10-36Confidential information
10-37Identify operator
10-39Can ____ come to the radio?
10-40Is ____ available for phone call?
10-42Check the welfare of/at ____
10-43Call a doctor
10-45Condition of patient?
10-45ACondition of patient: good
10-45BCondition of patient: serious
10-45CCondition of patient: critical
10-45DCondition of patient: dead
10-49Proceed to ____
10-50Under influence of drugs
10-53Man down
10-54Possible dead body
10-55Coroner case
10-56ASuicide attempt
10-57Missing person
10-59Security check
10-60Lock out
10-61Miscellaneous public service
10-62Meet a citizen
10-62ATake a report from a citizen
10-62BCivilian standby
10-63Prepare to copy
10-64Found property
10-66Suspicious person
10-67Person calling for help
10-68Telephone for police
10-72Gun involved
10-73How do you receive?
10-79Bomb Threat
10-86AAny radio traffic?
10-88Assume post
10-91AAnimal, stray
10-91BAnimal, noisy
10-91CAnimal, injured
10-91DAnimal, dead
10-91EAnimal, bite
10-91GAnimal, pick up
10-91JAnimal, pick up collect
10-91LAnimal, leash law violation
10-95Requesting ID tech unit
10-97Arrived at scene
10-98Available to assign
10-99Warrants or stolen vehicle indicated
10-100Misdemeanor warrant
10-200Drugs involved
10-600Livestock down
10-1000Felony warrant

11 Codes

11-10Take report
11-24Abandoned vehicle
11-25Traffic hazard
11-26Abandoned bicycle
11-2710-27 W/driver held
11-2810-28 W/driver held
11-40Advise if ambulance needed
11-41Ambulance needed
11-42No ambulance needed
11-44Deceased person (Coroner Req'd)
11-48Furnish transportation
11-52Funeral detail
11-54Suspicious vehicle
11-55Officer being followed by auto
11-5611-55 W/dangerous persons
11-57Unidentified auto at assignments
11-58Radio monitored, use phone
11-59Intensive attention: high hazard, business areas
11-60Attack in high hazard area
11-65Signal light out
11-66Defective signal light
11-78Aircraft accident
11-79Accident - Ambulance sent
11-80Accident - Major injuries
11-81Accident - Minor injuries
11-82Accident - No injuries
11-83Accident - No detail
11-84Direct traffic
11-85Tow truck required
11-94Pedestrian stop
11-95Routine traffic stop
11-96Checking suspicious vehicle
11-97Time/security check on patrol
11-99Officer needs help!

Numeric Codes

207AKidnapping attempt
211ARobbery alarm
211SRobbery alarm, silent
217Assault with intent to murder
245Assault with a deadly weapon
246Shooting at inhabited dwelling
261AAttempted rape
273AChild neglect
273DWife beating - Felony
288Lewd conduct
311Indecent exposure
314Indecent exposure
374BIllegal dumping
390DDrunk, unconscious
417Person with a gun
417APerson with a knife
459ABurglar alarm
459SBurglar alarm, silent
480Hit and run - Felony
481Hit and run - Misdemeanor
484Petty theft
487Grand theft
488Petty theft
502Drunk Driving
503Auto theft
504Tampering with a vehicle
505Reckless driving
507Public nuisance
510Speeding or racing vehicles
586Illegal parking
594Malicious mischief
595Runaway car
604Throwing missiles
647Lewd conduct
653MThreatening phone calls
5150Mental case
10851Auto theft
10852Tampering with vehicle
20001Hit and run - Felony
20002Hit and run - Misdemeanor
20007Hit and run - Unattended
21958Drunk pedestrian on roadway
22500Illegal parking
23101Drunk driving - injuries
23102Drunk Driving
23103Reckless driver
23104Reckless driver
23105Driver under narcotics
23110Person throwing objects at vehicles
23151Drunk driving - injuries
23152Drunk driver

Police scanner codes ensure transience, speed, and secrecy in radio communication. Likewise, these codes have also been used by fire departments, ambulances, and civil action or relief groups during emergencies.