Police Codes and Plain Talk

By: Angelica Alvarez
By: Angelica Alvarez

Law enforcement officers say agencies across the nation have been turning in their 10-codes for what they call 'plain talk.'

Ten codes were created to save time, but every agency has its own set of codes, and officers say there's no time for translation in an emergency.

Thomasville Police Officer Maurice Holmes says, "If you don't know what's going on, you can't do anything to help the regular citizen. If they're telling me a 10-code that for me may mean lunch time, or a dog call, then we're spinning in circles.”

Officers say some major events sparking the use of plain talk were 9/11 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


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