How Police 10 Codes Work (Pt. 1)

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today I am going to uncover the mystery

that is shrouded around police radio

codes also known as ten codes


hey guys what's going on I hope you were

having a fantastic week so far I get a

ton of questions and emails from people

asking me exactly how police 10-codes

work and I almost did not do a video on

this because police codes are actually

different throughout the nation but I

decided to do a video on the most common

ten codes that are used in Georgia now

I'm not actually going to go down the

entire list of ten codes because there's

over a hundred of them for one mainly

because I don't know them all there's a

ton of ten codes that we rarely if ever

use but I'm going to explain the most

common ones and how we use them on the

radio first let's start with 10 0 10 0

means use caution

now this can actually be used

interchangeably depending on the

situation it doesn't necessarily have to

be about a person let's say you're going

into an unstable structure and you tell

the other officers that are arriving use

10 0 structures not stable but more

often than not 10 0 is usually used in

accordance with a person let's say

you're responding to a call to give out

the suspects name on the radio

maybe another officer is familiar with

this person and they say hey you just

want to give you a heads up use 10 zero

with him he likes to fight police 10 1

10 1 means I can't understand your

transmission so somebody gets on the

radio and they're like real foggy or

maybe they're breaking up you tell them

hey unit you're 10 1 can you ten nine

which is repeat 10 two means signal is

clear so if I can understand what you're

saying I'll say 10 to 10 3 in my

department is used as basically to shut

down radio operations other than one

particular call that you're on so let's

say you're responding to a burglar you

don't want a bunch of radio traffic

coming over your radio you can tell

dispatch dispatch can you please 10 3

the net so basically what dispatch will

do is send out a mass notification on

the radio hey every unit that's not

involved in that particular call go to

channel 2 with your main traffic

ten-four is pretty much universal I

don't know if any department that does

not use 10-4

it's just acknowledgement so you tell me

something I say ten-four I acknowledge

that I understand we don't really use 10

5 10 6 means busy if I'm going out on

paperwork and I don't want to receive

any calls I'll tell dispatch dispatch

I'll be 10 6 until further 10 7 is a

code that a lot of officers use when

they go off duty I personally don't use

that I use what's called 10 42 10 8

means you are now cleared up from

whatever you were doing and you are


to take calls 10 9 as I stated before

means repeat 10 10 is a fight 10 11 is

an animal complaint 10 12 means standby

and this can be used interchangeably 2

if dispatch calls you and you need a

second because you're doing something

you can tell them 10 12 just a second

but a standby can also be lets say a

boyfriend and girlfriend breakup

boyfriend needs to go to the house to

get his belongings that is also called 8

10 12 or a standby you're there to stand

by while he grabs his clothes maintain

the peace and let him go 10 13 is a

weather alert we don't really use that

but we actually use a separate 10 13

code that's used by the hospital which

is basically an involuntary detainment

for psychological reasons 10 14 is a

prowler let's say you hear somebody

behind your house

dispatch would give that out as a 10 14

10 15 is a burglary now with my

department they actually give a 10 15

out in two different ways you either

have a 10 15 already which means it

already occurred or you have a 10 15 in

progress and usually whenever you have a

10 15 in progress they send off this

emergency tone on the radio to let

everybody know that this is an emergency

1016 good old domestics 1017 is an armed

robbery that also is used kind of like

10 15 interchangeably either 10 17

already or 10 17 in progress that also

gets an emergency tone 10 18 means hurry

up so if I'm on a call I'm about to

fight with somebody and I'm asking for

backup need to get here 10 18 10 19 is

an interesting code because even in

Georgia a lot of different departments

use it differently with the two

departments I met whenever they say 10

19 that means return to the station

technically it means return to but we

always used it as you need to come to

the station so if I'm calling an officer

I need to talk to him about something

maybe he messed up something on his

report he needs to fix call his badge

number I need you to 1019 for me 1020 is

very universal - that is location what's

your 1020 1021 is a phone call so a lot

of times I'll get on the radio hey badge


are you clear for 10 21 or give me a

1021 1022 means disregard let's say I'm

gonna call I have a couple other units

and it's it's more calm than maybe I

anticipated I can tell them on the radio

you can 1022 so that basically means

they can go 10 8 now to resume their

normal patrol but we also use it on the

radio as kind of a net

mind 10:23 is one of our very commonly

used codes and that means I have arrived

on scene so like for me I would say 401

dispatch I'm 10 23 once I arrive at any

scene 10 24 basically means you have

completed your call I don't really use

it that much 10 25 means meet me

somewhere so I'll call another officer

401 to 402 can you 10:25 with me at

such-and-such location now the next

three are used very commonly and this is

mainly on traffic stops you have 10 27

10 28 and 29 whenever I am running 810

27 that is somebody's license so I'll

usually get on the radio and say

dispatch can you run a I'll say 27 28 29

you're supposed to use the full 10 code

but those of us that have been doing

this a while you kind of take some

shortcuts here and there on the radio so

I'll get on the radio and I'll say

dispatch can I have a 27 28 29 through


so dispatch then knows I need you to

check a license I need you to check a

license plate which is a 1028 and then

8:10 29 is a wanted check or stolen

check on both of those 1030 is not used

that often it means unnecessary radio

traffic there are some supervisors that

should use that more often

there are several officers that like to

hear themselves talk on the radio and

they want to give a full narrative of

their call and hog up the radio for 30

seconds not good officer safety practice

1031 is a weapons offense we use that

sometimes but not very often 1032 is a

pistol so anytime like shots are fired

or maybe somebody's scene with a gun

dispatch will give it out and say person

was last seen with 1030 to 1035 was used

more in my last department than it is

now and that basically means that I'm

out somewhere but I'm still available

for calls so if I'm getting out at

station to do paperwork that's not

necessarily I don't need to be tied up

for I'll just say I'm 10:35 of this

station 1036 is a time check not many

people use that anymore because

everybody has watches and phones but

that will get dispatch to tell you what

the current time is 1037 is a suspicious

call now that can either be vehicle or

person so if somebody sees a vehicle

that's backed up behind a business

they'll call it as a 1037 vehicle behind

say Home Depot 1038 is a traffic stop

now my last apartment used 1038 my

current department uses what's called

traffic which is still hard for me to

get used to because for eight years I

called 1038 but now I have to say for

when dispatch traffic

10:39 is very

to 10:38 the difference is 10:39 is

usually used whenever you're just doing

a property check or if you're the backup

officer on a call

the main officer usually goes ten eight

because there's usually a disposition

code that has to go with that now if I

respond to a call and there's no report

needed I'll say ten eight SB C that

means service provided no report needed

however you there's also other

dispositions like ten eight code I India

where you did an incident report and

that way dispatch can log it and send

you basically what you need to do your

report but let's say I'm the main office

or on a call I've got two other people

that come to back me up whenever they

leave they are not going to go to n8

they are going to go 10:39 1040 is a

warrant so they might get on the radio

and say person has a 1040 through

such-and-such agency 1041 means on-duty

so whenever I first get in the car in

the morning or in the afternoon if I'm

on night shift I'll call out 401

dispatch 1041 then the favorite ten code

of all of us 1042 I'm sure you can

imagine if 1041 means on-duty 1042 means

off-duty 1043 means murder or to kill so

a lot of times dispatch will give it out

as complainant stated that these

suspects that he was going to 10:43

everybody 1044 is suicidal thoughts we

don't really use 10:45 I don't even know

what that is

so 1046 is citizen assist so it could be

like a broken-down vehicle on the side

of the road or it could be somebody

calling in that needs assistance

10:49 means speeding so a lot of times

dispatch will give those out as bolos or

be on the lookouts and say vehicle was

last seen southbound on such-and-such

road ten forty nine ten ninety four

which is reckless driving last one for

this video is 1050 now 1050 in Georgia

is a motor vehicle collision or accident

now there are also disposition codes

that go with 10:50 usually what we use

is either 1054 just a regular accident

with no injuries

you have 1050 I which means an accident

with injuries or you have a 1050 F

Foxtrot which means a fatality has

occurred so that's it guys I'm actually

going to break this up into two separate

videos the reason for that I kind of

want to keep these short there's only

going to be two of them so the next

video part two will be 51

100 now again another thing to keep in

mind guys is every department is using

10 codes kind of differently in Georgia

a lot of us use it the same but there

every department is different you know

and there are some departments like in

Florida or like Idaho and stuff they use

signals they don't even use 10 codes so

I cannot tell you about those the only

signals that we use there's only two of

them there is signal 100 and there's

signal 300 so signal 100 basically means

that it is a wanted person now that can

kind of be used interchangeably with

10:40 which means they have a warrant

signal 300 is when you accidentally

press your yellow emergency button and

now your radio is sitting out this panic

to dispatch dispatch 401 signal 300 is

everything 10-4 so that's it for today

guys I know this is a short one I'm

trying to get a video out I'm gonna be

working all weekend long so I will not

have a chance to do another video but

hopefully Monday I will be able to get

out part two of the ten code series now

if you something I want to bring up to

you guys if you have questions about

either the 10 codes I went over or if

there's a different way you want me to

approach the other half let me know in

the comment section and I will actually

kind of tweak that for the next video

and try to answer some questions for you

guys either way guys thank you so much

for tuning in I do appreciate it

again if you have any questions leave

them in the comments section below and I

will try to address them accordingly I

hope you guys have a fantastic rest of

your week and I will see you guys very

very soon