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Police Abbreviations

There are hundreds of police abbreviations used in paperwork and on the radio. Following are some examples of the most commonly-used abbreviations.

Frequently-used Police Abbreviations

Police abbreviations cover everything from everyday events to extreme emergencies.

Accidents and Traffic Stops

  • A - Adult

  • AC - Aircraft crash

  • BLK - Block

  • E-B - Eastbound

  • ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival

  • INJ - Injury

  • I/S - Intersection

  • J - Juvenile involved

  • LIC - License

  • M/C - Motorcycle

  • MVA - Motor Vehicle Accident

  • NIA - Non-Injury Accident

  • OBS - Observed

  • PI - Personal Injury

  • POSS - Possession

  • SPD - Speed

  • UL - Unable to Locate

  • VEH - Vehicle

  • WIT - Witness

Crime Committed

  • ADW - Assault with a Deadly Weapon

  • B&E - Breaking & Entering

  • CCW - Carrying a Concealed Weapon

  • CSU - Crime Scene Unit

  • DOC - Disorderly Conduct

  • DUI - Driving Under Influence

  • DUS - Driving Under Suspension

  • DWI - Driving While Intoxicated

  • GSR - Gun Shot Residue

  • GTA - Grand Theft Auto

  • MP - Missing Person

  • PV - Parole Violation

  • SWAT - Special Weapons and Tactics Team

Paperwork and Trials

  • APB - All points bulletin

  • BKG - Booking

  • BOLO - Be On the Lookout

  • CP - Complaining Party

  • CPD - City or County Property Damage

  • CT - Court

  • FTA - Failure to Appear

  • NCIC - National Criminal Information Center

  • OD - Off Duty

  • QT - Secrecy required

  • ROF - Report on File

  • RP - Reporting Party

Police Communication Codes

Radio codes are extremely important when there is an emergency and time is of the essence. Codes are numerical abbreviations and can allow help to arrive faster.

Following is a sampling of the codes used by the police in their radio communications:

  • 10-0 - Use Caution

  • 10-13 - Advise weather and road conditions

  • 10-14 - Convoy or escort detail

  • 10-15 - Prisoner in custody

  • 10-22 - Cancel last message/Take no further action

  • 10-26 - Driver's license check by number or name

  • 10-27 - Check for wants or warrants

  • 10-75 - Severe weather statement

  • 10-78 - Send ambulance

  • 10-79 - Send wrecker

  • 10-103 - Disturbance

  • 10-103f - Disturbance by fight

  • 10-107 - Suspicious person

  • 10-108 - Officer down or Officer needs assistance

  • 11-6 - Illegal discharge of firearms

  • 11-7 - Prowler

  • 11-13 - Injured animal

  • 11-27 - Subject has felony record, but is not wanted

  • 11-31 - Person calling for help

  • 11-41 - Request Ambulance

  • 11-42 - Ambulance not required

  • 11-43 - Doctor required

  • 11-44 - Coroner required

  • 11-45 - Attempted suicide

  • 11-47 - Injured Person

  • 11-70 - Fire Alarm

  • 11-80 - Traffic Accident - Serious Injury

  • 11-81 - Traffic Accident - Minor Injury

  • 11-82 - Traffic Accident - No Injury

  • 11-99 - Officer needs Help/Emergency

Whether you are watching police-themed television shows or listening to police calls on a scanner, it is obvious that abbreviations and codes are frequently used by the police and their dispatchers.

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