Police Agencies Slow To Embrace Call For Radio “Plain Talk”


Police officers’ signals and codes – an alphabet and numerical soup – were originally designed as shortcuts to reduce radio chatter. But they developed into a way to prevent “bad guys” from hearing what the “good guys” were up to. These days, says the Orlando Sentinel, there are so many different sets of codes and signals that even when the good guys talk among themselves, there is plenty of room for confusion.

There’s an air of urgency when officers get a Signal 35 in Seminole County, Fl., where it means shooting. It’s a little less important in Lake County, where the same signal is a car break-in. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a simple solution: plain talk. That change has been slow to come, especially in Central Florida.

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