Police Radios

More than a thousand calls ring in at the Bowling Green Police Department Dispatch every day and unless you’ve worked in the law enforcement industry, the police talk can sound a bit confusing.

Police use 10-codes and signals to help shorten and ease communications and to make sure their directions are clear and concise.

Although several of the codes are not the same for different agencies, which can lead to confusion, when different police departments work together.

So, when seconds matter, it’s important to get that information quickly and accurately.

In August, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a compliance requiring agencies to use “plain” language by October 2006 to be eligible for Homeland Security grant money.

Both the Bowling Green Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department say they’ll ease into the transition to make it a little easier for their officers.