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Answers to the "Do You Know Your 10-Codes?" Quiz

Answers to the "Do You Know Your 10-Codes?" Quiz


PoliceLink created the quiz Do You Know Your 10-Codes? to test your knowledge about popular 10-Codes as provided by the Association of Public Communications Officers (APCO). Find out which you got wrong or right by checking out the correct answers on the following pages.

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  • Shield_max50


    about 5 years ago



  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 5 years ago


    10 codes are veryy unnecessary. Thats the only thing i fear about being a cop. Is not remembering all the codes. They kind of blame the use of the 10 codes because the radios could short out while they are talking. I have a police scanner. The radios never sound or seem messed up. They wont skip or anything. I mean seriously. Lets just speak english!!!!

  • Dsc00181_max50


    about 5 years ago


    My dept (LASD) is old-school. We have so many radio codes. I doubt there's another department with more!

  • Mikestingrayclear_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Ten-Codes need to go Bye-Bye, or 10-7, or 10-19 or ??? i changed departments, found myself in a violent domestic, and called it out...unlucky for me what i called out was a DV at my old job, and a CAR ACCIDENT at my new one...people knew my location was on the boardwalk, so they guessed there was no car accident, but it pointed out to me how ridiculous it is to hold onto something antiquated and the academy we're huge proponents of Plain English, for it minimizes confusion under stress and it's not like the bad guys don't know when you're calling for a little back up...Stay Safe all...

  • Gpd_max50


    about 5 years ago


    6 of those are correct for agencies in my county

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    The 10-codes we use here in Texas are lightly different than those on the test here. There are even variations between agencies within the state. Plain language is the future of communications...there's no mistaking the intent of the message.

  • Btjustice_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Saratoga County, NY phased out the ten codes just prior to implementing the Enhanced 911 system, mainly because the County Communications center would be polling State Police units for emergency calls, State Police do not use ten codes. Since that time, as many have commented, plain english is key here. There is no mistake in what the Officer or Communications personnel are trying to convey. There are some agencies around here that use an occassional ten code from time to time ... mostly plain english.
    I was reading how in CA (and most everywhere you go) one agency has a different meaning for a ten code,
    if I recall correctly, 10-35 in the county here was RIOT whereas in Saratoga Springs City, 10-35 was a meal break.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago

    There are actually agencies that still use 10 codes???

  • Cimg1840_max50


    about 5 years ago


    A 10-39 at the Auburn Police Department in Georgia is not urgent. The 10 code for urgent is 10-18.

  • Pic-0165_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I have learned 10 and 11 codes. I have moved around a bit here and there and every agency is different. I think plain language is the best way to go. I have met some guys/girls who can be long winded on the radio. It should be short and sweet, you never know who is going to need the air to call for the world to roll code!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    I agree plain language is key on the radio.But here in NY are 10 codes are different For example a 10-52 is used for a dispute and a 10-50 is for a disorderly person or a group

  • 8494_bozo_pd_max600_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Plain language is the key...everybody knows "send help now!" It is also what is required for the ICS. We use some 10 codes, but it has gone more to plain language at our PD.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago

    I worked in a town of half a million and we only used three 10 codes.The rest,as what FireCopMV1 uses are signal codes.For.The other jurisdiction I worked for two years,after mu original retirement,to a Southern state also was not a pure 10 code system.The 10 code itself is quite passe is is only cute or practical in Hollywood cop movies.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    The problem with the ten codes is that some departments have different ten codes than others may have, so there really is no correct answer here, like my dad works for Jackson, WY Police Department and some of their codes are different than Bonneville County, ID and they are different than the codes in Madison County, ID. So there really is no correct answer for the codes unless your going off of like a standard book or something.

  • 10_max50


    about 5 years ago


    we use codes which are unigue to our Town only, and so do the towns all around us

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