Radio Codes and Abbreviations

This is a list of some of the more popular codes and abbreviations used by Police, Fire, and EMS in the area of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, California. If this isn't what you're looking for, Uniden/Bearcat has a collection of radio codes from around the United States.

The State has a searchable database of all of California's legal codes, if you want to look up a legal code not in my list.

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10 Codes

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10-1  Signal unreadable
10-2  Signal readable
10-4  O.K.
10-5  Relay message
10-6  Busy
10-7  Out of service
10-8  In service
10-9  Repeat
10-10 Off-duty or In-quarters
10-11 ID CHP mobile license # (KA4993)
10-13 Weather or road conditions
10-14 Provide escort
10-15 Prisoner in custody
10-17 Relay papers, supplies, etc.
10-19 Return to station
10-20 Location
10-21 Telephone
10-22 Cancel or Disregard
10-23 Stand by
10-27 Driver's license check
10-28 Vehicle registration check
10-29 Check for warrants/stolen
10-30 Unnecessary use of radio
10-33 Officer needs help
10-36 Confidential information
10-39 Message or item delivered
10-40 Back-up
10-71 Advise status of call
10-97 Arrived at scene
10-98 Finished with last assignment

11 Codes

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11-7  Prowler
11-10 Take a report
11-24 Abandoned vehicle
11-25 Traffic hazard
11-26 Disabled vehicle
11-27 Driver's license check, Rush
11-28 Vehicle registration check, Rush
11-29 Clear, no warrants
11-30 Missing person
11-41 Ambulance
11-44 Fatality
11-45 Suicide
11-48 Transport
11-50 Field interrogation
11-51 Security check
11-79 Traffic Collision - ambulance responding
11-80 Traffic Collision - major injury
11-81 Traffic Collision - minor injury
11-82 Traffic Collision - non-injury
11-83 Traffic Collision - no details
11-84 Direct traffic
11-85 Tow truck
11-86 Special assignment
11-98 Meet with...
11-99 Officer needs help

Other Codes

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Code 1   At your convenience
Code 2   No lights or siren
Code 3   Use lights and siren
Code 4   Situation under control, no back-up needed
Code 5   Stake-out
Code 6   Out on investigation
Code 7   Eat lunch or dinner
Code 9   Vehicle stop
Code 10  Arrest warrant
Code 11  Move central, only unit available
Code 20  Notify news media
Code 33  Restrict radio traffic until further notice
Code 40  Intoxicated subject
Code 60  Illegal parking
Code 70  Refuel vehicle
Code 80  Found property
Code 100 Bomb threat

Penal Code

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148     Resisting arrest
148.3   False emergency report
187     Homicide
191.5   Gross vehicular manslaughter
192     Manslaughter
203     Mayhem
207     Kidnapping
211     Robbery
236     False Imprisonment
240     Assault
242     Battery
245     Assault with a deadly weapon
246     Shooting at inhabited dwelling
261     Rape
273.5   Spousal abuse
286     Sodomy
288     Lascivious acts with child under 14
314     Indecent exposure
374     Littering
415     Disturbing the peace or Fight
417     Brandishing a weapon
451     Arson
459     Burglary
470     Forgery
484     Theft by fraud
487     Grand theft
488     Petty theft
496     Receiving stolen property
537     Defrauding an innkeeper
594     Vandalism
602     Trespassing
647b    Disorderly Conduct-Prostitution
647e                      -Loitering
647f                      -Drunk
647g                      -Prowling
647h                      -Peeping
653m    Threatening phone calls
664     Attempt to commit crime
836     Arrest without warrant
12020   Possession of concealed weapon
12031   Carrying loaded firearm

Penal Code Table of Contents at the State's site.

Vehicle Code

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2800.1  Attempting to evade peace officer
4000a   Unregistered vehicle
10851   Vehicle theft
10852   Tampering with a vehicle
12500a  Driving without license
14601a  Driving with license suspended or revoked
20001   Hit and run-felony (injury or death)
20002   Hit and run-misdemeanor
22348a  Speeding
22348b  Driving >100 MPH
22349   Driving >65 MPH
22350   Speed unsafe for conditions
22651   Authority to impound vehicle
23103   Reckless driving
23109   Speed contest (exhibition of speed)
23110   Throwing objects at vehicle
23152a  Driving under the influence of alcohol
40508a  Failure to appear

Vehicle Code Table of Contents at the State's site.

Health and Safety Code

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11350   Possession of controlled substance
11351   Possession of controlled substance for sale
11357   Possession of marijuana
11359   Possession of marijuana for sale
11550   Under the influence of controlled substance

Health and Safety Code Table of Contents at the State's site.

Business and Professions Code

25662  Minor possessing alcohol

Business and Professions Code Table of Contents at the State's site.

Welfare and Institutions Code

5150   Mentally disordered person

Welfare and Institutions Code Table of Contents at the State's site.


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A       Residence
ADW     Assault with a Deadly Weapon
AKA     Also Known As
ALS     Advanced Life Support
B&P     Business and Professions Code
BLS     Basic Life Support
BO      Bad Order (out of order)
BOL     Be On the Lookout
BP      Blood Pressure
CDL     California Driver's License
C       Coffee
CJ      County Jail
CLEMARS California Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Radio System
CLETS   California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
CP      Command Post
CVC     California Vehicle Code
DB      Dead Body
DL      Driver's License
DOA     Dead On Arrival
DMV     Department of Motor Vehicles
DOB     Date Of Birth
DOJ     Department Of Justice
DR      Daily Report number
EOC     Emergency Operations Center
ETA     Estimated Time of Arrival
ETOH    Alcohol
F       Felony or Short for 647f PC (drunk)
FI      Field Interrogation
FTA     Failure To Appear
GOA     Gone On Arrival
H&S     Health and Safety Code
HazMat  Hazardous Materials
HBD     Has Been Drinking
HIF     Handled In the Field
HT      Handie-Talkie (hand-held radio)
IC      Incident Command or Incident Commander
IV      Intravenous
L       Lunch
M       Misdemeanor
NCIC    National Crime Information Center
NOR     No Report
OES     Office of Emergency Services
OIC     Officer In Charge
PC      Penal Code or Probable Cause
PD      Police Department
PERL    Pupils Equal and Responsive to Light
POV     Privately Owned Vehicle
R       Residence
RD      Reporting District
RO      Registered Owner
RP      Reporting Party or Responsible Person
RTF     Report To Follow
S       Station
SO      Sheriff's Office
TA      Traffic Accident
TC      Traffic Collision
TKO     To Keep Open
UTL     Unable To Locate
VC      Vehicle Code
VIN     Vehicle Identification Number
W&I     Welfare and Institutions Code
WC      Watch Commander
X       Female

Phonetic Alphabets

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A   Adam        Alfa
B   Boy         Bravo
C   Charles     Charlie
D   David       Delta
E   Edward      Echo
F   Frank       Foxtrot
G   George      Golf
H   Henry       Hotel
I   Ida         India
J   John        Juliett
K   King        Kilo
L   Lincoln     Lima
M   Mary        Mike
N   Nora        November
O   Ocean       Oscar
P   Paul        Papa
Q   Queen       Quebec
R   Robert      Romeo
S   Sam         Sierra
T   Tom         Tango
U   Union       Uniform
V   Victor      Victor
W   William     Whiskey
X   X-Ray       X-Ray
Y   Yellow      Yankee
Z   Zebra       Zulu

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