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How do you learn the 10 codes?

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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Just wondering cuase i have short term memory loss and it seems it would be hard to remember all the codes. What did you all do to remember and keep them remembered? learn the early and look at them often?

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Just have to study them. I have been on the job close to 9 years and still don't know all of them.


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I managed to memorize most of them but I had to type them up and I taped the list of them on the inside of my posse box for those nights when my brain isnt working and I am sitting there thinking what the heck did he just say...

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YOU WILL FIND THAT BEFORE YOU LEAVE ANY POLICE ACADEMY YOU WILL BE WELL VERSED IN ALL CODES, EVEN THE TEN CODE. REMEMBER AN OLD SAYING, "PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT".  PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND IF YOUR ACADEMY IS ANYTHING LIKE THE TWO I ATTENEDED YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO PRACTICE.  GOOD LUCK.   MIRANDA8850

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We don't use all of them, I'd say we use about 20 at most.  Most places are also going to plain talk, as the joint ventures for emergencies employ multiple agencies both state and federal.  Feds don't know the ten-code and get frustrated when we use it.  They complained and the push is on to eliminate them.  So maybe you will get lucky and they will soon do away with them, or...everyone understands plain talk anyway.  I'm 10-06, code 6 or I'm on-scene/ busy whatever.


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Since going to plain language, we have done away with the use of all 10 codes with the exception of 10-4 and 10-6.

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that would be helpful if they elimate it! =]

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My department uses a lot of the ten codes but no where near all of them, we use a lot of plain language. I do have a laminated copy that was made above my dome light just incase dispatch or one of the other officers use one that I'm not familiar with.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

along with your ten codes that you use, don't forget about the disposition codes that you have to remember, such as at the end of your call..........I'm 10-8 codes 2 and 3.
but then my favorite at the end of the day is 10-42.
have a good one :-)

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Personally, I find learning ten-codes easy, I have a knack for remembering numbers. In school we were quizzed and tested on them. I listen to my scanner. I review them every once in a while and my girlfriend will quiz me. I even play out traffic stops when I'm driving, rehearse all the necessary codes in my head. In my state, 10-50's are usually for intoxication, (that knocks quite a few down right there lol) then there are a few common ones (eg 10-4, 10-6, 10-8, 10-24, 10-41, 10-42, etc), and then a couple random confusing ones. But I don't worry about it.

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Hoffmann21 says ...



Just wondering cuase i have short term memory loss and it seems it would be hard to remember all the codes. What did you all do to remember and keep them remembered? learn the early and look at them often?



The way I learned 'em was....what were we talking about? Oh yeah 10 codes....


clear speech is the growing trend especially with all the focus on ICS based reactions and cross training....


Best suggestion is the ole laminated Quik reference and try to equate the numbers to the call type....


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I pretty much learned the ten codes by studying them when my dad was on the job, he bought me a bearcat IV scanner to listen to (should give ya an idea how long ago).  I learned them by familarization which helped when hired.  July 1988 our county went on line with E-9-1-1, sharing a common frequency with the State Police, the ten codes were eliminated.  Plain english.  Although occassionally I will through a ten code out there, the newer generation has no idea what I am trying to say.  The other issue with ten codes today, agencies alter the common ten codes, therefore, the meaning obvioulsy differs in multi-jurisdiction incidents.   Good luck in your studies.

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learning the 10 codes was not that hard. once you start using them daiy they are like second nature. I catch myself using themaround the house. My kids and wife know alot of them from that.  Once you go to the academy and get on the job its easy. you'll see

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

When we had 10 codes I carried a cheat sheet in the car.  4 years ago we changed from 10 codes to plain English, we only use codes for clearing calls now.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We pretty much know the common ones and the rest we have a cheat card for.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Make a game out of it with friends/family.  Try to speak to them as much as possible in 10 codes because they are a different language.  The easiest way to learn a new language is to practice it as much as possible until you think in that language when using it.  They'll probably want to hurt you after a while but you'll learn them!


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Im stduying to take the first set of police exams to becoming a police officer and I was wondering if anyone  had a suggestion as to what I should do to prep? I want to pass the exams? Did it take anyone more than once to pass the police exams?

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

studying and repetition are the key to remembering codes

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We use very few 10-codes. I have tried to use them instead of plain talk but dispatch didn't know what I wanted. With that said we use signal codes instead for all of our calls.


I know of about 100 different 10-codes. We have about 90 different signal codes. The 10-codes and the signal codes can be the same thing....example....we have a signal and a 10-code for several things.


It really depends on the agency too. We use "signal 1" for a chase but I heard a trooper refer to as a "10-100".


The best way to learn them is to hear them and use them.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Best thing to do is get a police scanner, or listen to one online, and keep the list of codes next to you, and translate it as they talk.


Also try to use them just while talking to your wife or girlfriend, it's kind of "weird" but if they love you they won't care haha.  I use them on my girlfriend all the time :P


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I learned the 10 codes at a young age. My parents were volunteer fire fighters. I became one when I was about 9 (although I could not do anything cause of my age) I would either sit at home listening to the scanner, sitting at the station or going on calls. I learned all the 10 codes within a year or 2. Now I am in my later 30's and I still know a lot of the codes.


I remember being told about 5 or 6 years ago that the FCC was wanting to get rid of the 10 codes. I don't think it ever died. Heck I am not even a firefighter anymore, but I still know my 10 codes. One thing that I learned were certain codes ther police used. I learned them because I had a scanner sitting in the master control unit when I was a Corrections Officer. Some of us wanted to be ready when an Officer was bringing in a prisoner.


The place thast I work at now uses codes instead of the 10 codes. We have been using them for almost a year and a half and I am still trying to learn them..


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

10 codes vary from department to department.  We have transitioned to plain language as many have with the exception of 10-4.  When I was learning them, I made a recording of all of them and played it when I was driving in my car and right before going to sleep.  This seemed to work well for me.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We just use a "handful" of 10-codes and as often as not we drop the "10" off the front.  For example:  come on duty "I'm 41" ; on scene "I'm 23" and so forth.  We use "MVA" and "10-50" interchangeably.


I basically learned them by using them.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

It's comforting knowing that I can't learn all the codes since I have been trying to learn them... all I can get is metal case and a few others.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Don't fret none. When you use them, you will learn them. Before long it will become second nature to you. Just keep your cheet sheet handy for when you get stumped and just do the thing. All will be fine.


Cheers


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Comes with time on the job...it's that simple. However...before too long...10-Codes are

going to be a thing of the past & will no longer be used, thanks to NIMS. Normal dialogue

will be used by all & are already used by some.

At my agency, we still use a few...but for the most part...they're a thing of the past.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I asked the department's i was applying at for the codes they use , Its still alot to learn but I try to find a way to use them in everyday life. Like when i take my kids to the park i text my friends 10-108  or   108.  Or if i need them to pick up my son from school I text 10-16, and  when i get somwhere i need to be I text 10-97.  There is lots of ways to test yourself its just finding the right way. Plus watch cop shows and remember every code they say and quiz yourself. 

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Whats really bad if you learn the ten codes in one state and get hired in another state there are different..........

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We dont use those where I work, and not sure anyone uses them in this county anymore. We speak in plain language on the radio so everyone listening knows whats going on. And even though we have MDTs in the vehicles, we also tend to reiterate what we are doing to dispatch...again, so every deputy (radios for all) will know whats going on even if they are in plain clothes units such as civil warrants, criminal warrants, juvenile warrants, environmental investigations..and on and on with the non patrol units.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

You will learn them by useing them! If you sit around in a parking lot on your A@@ surfing the net or reading the paper you will never know them. If your out there getting your hands "dirty" then you will not have to worry.....you will learn them! Course thats just my 2cents....

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