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Dallas PD Dropping Police Code

By Wyatt Earp | March 24, 2009

dallas1According to this story, they are eliminating police lingo for “plain English.”

“Plain English?” In Dallas, Texas? They probably mean “plain Spanish.”

Oh, come on – you laughed.

Catch a cop show over the past several decades and these strings of numbers barked over police radios might sound familiar:

“1-Adam-12, a 4-15 fight.” …”We have a 9-11. Armed robbery in progress.”

But many real-life police departments are ditching the digits, replacing the lingo with plain English.

In Dallas, that means so long “7,” hello “minor accident.”

In Philly, we rarely use codes – probably because most of our officers are too dumb to remember them. Seriously. We do use “5292″ for a dead body, and “1037″ for a DUI arrest. Other than that, we just speak plainly. “Yeah radio, the shooting is founded. The victim has a softball-sized hole in his head. I don’t think he’s gonna make it.”

Oh, and we don’t ever use “perp.” That’s just a queer TV term.

Today, the Dallas Police Department moves to a new plain-language system that’s supposed to make communications more universal and less complicated. No more of those distinctive radio codes or signals.

“It’s a no-brainer,” Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Herb Ebsen said. “It’s just common sense. If we start speaking in codes, you have a real chance for a problem or misinterpretation.” (H/TDallasNews)

The article then goes on to reveal a few Dallas codes and their translation. Forget that. I can give most of them to you, and I don’t even work in that department. To wit:

11 = Burglary.

27 = Dead person.

Ocho Ocho = Taco Bell is open.

9 = Tony Romo split with Jessica Simpson.

69 = Tony and Jessica are back together.

Topics: The Job | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Dallas PD Dropping Police Code”

  1. dragonlady474 Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    youuuu number cruncher…lol
    That just sounded funny to me…Yeah…I need some sleep.

  2. Doghouse Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Gives the huddle an entirely different picture.

  3. kaveman Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Don’t forget this one,

    Any large number with 9/10ths at the end means a fuel stop.

  4. John D Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Most of the police codes you see on TV and in movies come from the California Penal Code sections defining the various crimes (2-11=robbery, 1-8-7=homicide etc).

    “Oh, and we don’t ever use “perp.” That’s just a queer TV term.”

    What about “perv,” do you use that one? It’s a flexible word, it can be both noun and verb.

  5. Jim Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    24-24 – Jack Bauer just killed a bunch of people.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    DL474 – Good Lord, woman! You’re punch-drunk like Obama!

    Doghouse – As it should. Heh.

    Kaveman – Except at Donny’s Discount Gas, where it’s 8/10ths.

    John D – Heh, heh, you wrote “Penal.”

    Jim – And the Kill Counter rejoices!

  7. bob (either orr) Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    My favorite was “10-7 permanently” … in reference to a deceased bad guy.
    Next was a line from the book “Homicide” … ADASTW … arrived dead and stayed that way.

  8. JumpOut Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I always liked DFOed, as in, “I told the old lady she was under arrest, and she DFOed.”

    DFO = Done Fell Out

  9. TXGunGeek Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    It’s called NIMS and if the DPD wants to continue to drink the Fed.Gov koolaide and get fed dollars they have to comply with it. Most departments say they are in compliance and have a NIMS statement in their SOP’s so they can claim compliance but use codes they always have out of habit.

  10. Lergnom Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    “DFO = Done Fell Out”
    That’s funny right there.

  11. JumpOut Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    God, I hate that NIMS crap.

    What the hell does that stand for anyway?

    Intent on
    Messing up