More Police Jargon
You say tomato, we say to-mah-to.
(Reprinted with permission from 'Police Jargon-How to talk like a Cop' by Linda Sue Cooper)
A glaring difference between police language and normal speech boils down to the words cops use to describe things.
They learn to refer to people, places, and things differently than civilians.  

The following is a list of the most common word differences:
You Say...    Cops Say...
Person...      Party
Car...             Vehicle
Fight...          Disturbance
Go to...          Respond to
Kids...           Juveniles
Ticket...        Summons
Tow truck... Hook
Wait...           Stand by
Yes...             Affirmative, Affirm, or That's affirmative
No...              Negative or That's negative
Got out of the car... Exited the vehicle
I'm on the way... 'm en route
Get together with a co-worker... Get a meet
"Who reported the crime?"... "Who's my RP?"
Copy--- understand. Or, handle; respond to, as in, "Copy a call."
PIT Maneuver-Precision Immobilization  Technique used in a car chase to disable a suspects vehicle.

Swearing.... Police officers swear. It's part of the
subculture so ingrained that even the most innocent, most devoutly religious, most squeaky clean officers do it at some

10-51 Dispatch Wrecker
10-52 Dispatch Ambulance
10-53 Road Blocked
10-54 Hit and Run Accident (F-Fire,
PI-Personal Injury, PD-Property
10-55 Intoxicated Driver
10-56 Intoxicated Pedestrian
10-57 Request BT Operator
10-58 Direct Traffic 10-59 Escort
10-60 Suspicious Vehicle
10-61 Stopping Suspicious Vehicle
10-62 B and E in Progress (Breaking &
10-63 Prepare to Receive an
10-64 Crime in Progress
10-65 Armed Robbery
10-66 Notify Medical Examiner
10-67 Report of Death 10-68 Livestock
in Roadway
10-69 Advise Telephone Number
10-70 Improper Parked Vehicle
10-71 Improper Use of Radio
10-72 Prisoner in Custody
10-73 Mental Subject
10-74 Prison / Jail Break
10-75 Wanted or Stolen
10-76 Prowler
10-77 Direct Traffic at Fire Scene
10-80 Fire Alarm
10-81 Nature of Fire
10-82 Fire in Progress
10-83 Smoke Visible
10-84 No Smoke Visible
10-85 Respond without Blue Lights /

Police 10 Codes
Association of Police
Communications Officers
Police and other agencies use
10 codes to verbally
communicate efficiently. The
word ten (10) indicates the
next number, or numbers, is

10-0 Use Caution
10-1 Signal Weak
10-2 Signal Good
10-3 Stop Transmitting
10-4 Affirmativ(OK)
10-5 Relay To/From 10-6
10-7 Out of Service 10-8 In
10-9 Say Again
10-10 Negative
10-11 ___ On Duty (Employee
Number) 10-12 Stand By
10-13 Weather Conditions
10-14 Message/Information
10-15 Message Delivered
10-16 Reply to Message
10-17 Enroute
10-18 Urgent
10-19 (In) Contact

10-20 Location 10-21 Call ( ) by Phone
10-22 Disregard
10-23 Arrived at Scene
10-24 Assignment Completed
10-25 Report to (Meet)
10-26 Estimated Arrival Time (ETA)
10-27 License / Permit Information
10-28 Vehicle Information
10-29 Records Check
10-30 Danger / Caution
10-31 Pick Up
10-32 ___Units Needed (Specify)
10-33 Need Immediate Assistance
10-34 Current Time 10-35
10-40 Fight in Progress
10-41 Beginning Tour of Duty
Ending Tour of Duty
10-43 In Pursuit
10-44 Riot
10-45 Bomb Threat
10-46 Bank Alarm
10-47 Complete Assignment Quickly
10-48 Detaining Suspect, Expedite
10-49 Drag Racing
10-50 Vehicle Accident (F-Fire, PI-Personal
Injury, PD-Property Damage)