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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. OpinionFront introduces the concept and purpose of scanner codes, and also provides a code chart. Take a look!
OpinionFront Staff
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2018
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Post 2011, most scanner codes have been replaced by simple language in order to introduce greater clarity and detail.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

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

Fire/Medical Status Codes

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

Color Codes

Codes Meaning
Code Blue Bus/Cab in trouble
Code Red Varda Alarm activated
Code Purple Gang Activity

10 Codes

Codes Meaning
10-00 Officer down, all patrols respond
10-0 Caution
10-1 Reception poor
10-2 Reception good
10-3 Stop transmitting
10-4 Message received, understood
10-5 Relay message
10-6 Change channel
10-7 Out of service
10-7A Out of service, home
10-7B Out of service, personal
10-8 In service
10-9 Repeat message
10-10 Off duty
10-10A Off duty, home
10-11 Identify frequency
10-12 Visitor(s) present
10-13 Weather and road advice
10-14 Citizen w/suspect
10-15 Prisoner in custody
10-16 Pick up prisoner
10-17 Request for gasoline
10-18 Equipment exchange
10-19 Return(ing) to station
10-20 Location
10-21 Telephone
10-21A Advise home I will return at ____
10-22 Disregard last assignment
10-23 Stand by
10-24 Request car-to-car transmit
10-25 Do you have contact with ____
10-26 Clear
10-27 D.D.L. report
10-28 Registration request
10-29 Check for wants
10-29F Subject wanted, felony
10-29H Hazard potential from subject
10-29M Subject wanted, misdemeanor
10-29V Vehicle wanted
10-30 Doesn't conform to regulations
10-32 Drowning
10-33 Alarm sounding, audible
10-34 Assist at office
10-35 Time check
10-36 Confidential information
10-37 Identify operator
10-39 Can ____ come to the radio?
10-40 Is ____ available for phone call?
10-42 Check the welfare of/at ____
10-43 Call a doctor
10-45 Condition of patient?

Codes Meaning
10-45A Condition of patient: good
10-45B Condition of patient: serious
10-45C Condition of patient: critical
10-45D Condition of patient: dead
10-49 Proceed to ____
10-50 Under influence of drugs
10-51 Drunk
10-52 Resuscitator
10-53 Man down
10-54 Possible dead body
10-55 Coroner case
10-56 Suicide
10-56A Suicide attempt
10-57 Missing person
10-59 Security check
10-60 Lock out
10-61 Miscellaneous public service
10-62 Meet a citizen
10-62A Take a report from a citizen
10-62B Civilian standby
10-63 Prepare to copy
10-64 Found property
10-66 Suspicious person
10-67 Person calling for help
10-68 Telephone for police
10-70 Prowler
10-71 Shooting
10-72 Gun involved
10-73 How do you receive?
10-79 Bomb Threat
10-80 Explosion
10-86A Any radio traffic?
10-88 Assume post
10-91 Animal
10-91A Animal, stray
10-91B Animal, noisy
10-91C Animal, injured
10-91D Animal, dead
10-91E Animal, bite
10-91G Animal, pick up
10-91J Animal, pick up collect
10-91L Animal, leash law violation
10-95 Requesting ID tech unit
10-97 Arrived at scene
10-98 Available to assign
10-99 Warrants or stolen vehicle indicated
10-100 Misdemeanor warrant
10-109 Suicide
10-200 Drugs involved
10-600 Livestock down
10-1000 Felony warrant

11 Codes

Codes Meaning
11-10 Take report
11-24 Abandoned vehicle
11-25 Traffic hazard
11-26 Abandoned bicycle
11-27 10-27 W/driver held
11-28 10-28 W/driver held
11-40 Advise if ambulance needed
11-41 Ambulance needed
11-42 No ambulance needed
11-44 Deceased person (Coroner Req'd)
11-48 Furnish transportation
11-51 Escort
11-52 Funeral detail
11-54 Suspicious vehicle
11-55 Officer being followed by auto
11-56 11-55 W/dangerous persons
11-57 Unidentified auto at assignments
11-58 Radio monitored, use phone

Codes Meaning
11-59 Intensive attention: high hazard, business areas
11-60 Attack in high hazard area
11-65 Signal light out
11-66 Defective signal light
11-78 Aircraft accident
11-79 Accident - Ambulance sent
11-80 Accident - Major injuries
11-81 Accident - Minor injuries
11-82 Accident - No injuries
11-83 Accident - No detail
11-84 Direct traffic
11-85 Tow truck required
11-94 Pedestrian stop
11-95 Routine traffic stop
11-96 Checking suspicious vehicle
11-97 Time/security check on patrol
11-98 Meet:
11-99 Officer needs help!

Numeric Codes

Codes Meaning
187 Homicide
207 Kidnapping
207A Kidnapping attempt
211 Robbery
211A Robbery alarm
211S Robbery alarm, silent
217 Assault with intent to murder
240 Assault
242 Battery
245 Assault with a deadly weapon
246 Shooting at inhabited dwelling
261 Rape
261A Attempted rape
273A Child neglect
273D Wife beating - Felony
288 Lewd conduct
311 Indecent exposure
314 Indecent exposure
374B Illegal dumping
390 Drunk
390D Drunk, unconscious
415 Disturbance
417 Person with a gun
417A Person with a knife
459 Burglary
459A Burglar alarm
459S Burglar alarm, silent
470 Forgery
480 Hit and run - Felony
481 Hit and run - Misdemeanor
484 Petty theft
487 Grand theft

Codes Meaning
488 Petty theft
502 Drunk Driving
503 Auto theft
504 Tampering with a vehicle
505 Reckless driving
507 Public nuisance
510 Speeding or racing vehicles
586 Illegal parking
594 Malicious mischief
595 Runaway car
604 Throwing missiles
647 Lewd conduct
653M Threatening phone calls
5150 Mental case
10851 Auto theft
10852 Tampering with vehicle
20001 Hit and run - Felony
20002 Hit and run - Misdemeanor
20007 Hit and run - Unattended
21958 Drunk pedestrian on roadway
22350 Speeding
22500 Illegal parking
23101 Drunk driving - injuries
23102 Drunk Driving
23103 Reckless driver
23104 Reckless driver
23105 Driver under narcotics
23109 Racing
23110 Person throwing objects at vehicles
23151 Drunk driving - injuries
23152 Drunk 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.