PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — There’ll be no more 10-4 in Maryland State Police radio communications.

The agency says it abolished the numerical codes as of Feb. 1 in favor of plain English. Police say the change is meant to reduce confusion, especially during incidents involving more than one police or emergency agency.

So, now, instead of ending their shifts by announcing that they’re 10-42, state troopers will presumably just say they’re off duty.

The Associated Public Safety Communications Officers list 100 different “10-codes.” They include 10-89 for a bomb threat, and 10-45 for an animal carcass.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. MD Resdient says:

    Oh boy thats real smart, no every low life with a scanner can listen and know what is being said with the State Police’s out of date radio system. REAL SMART!

  2. Smart MD Resident says:

    Hey MD Resident – the State Police 10 Codes have been available on the internet for a long time now.

  3. Rick says:

    You can take this to the bank: There is a higher chance of confusing words and their associated spellings than 10 code. ie: a,k,j, d,c,p. Not to mention limmricks. Classic case of “throwing the baby out with the wash”

  4. SayWhat says:

    I agree with Rick. Having policed for over ten years, I can tell you this is nothing more than political correctness run amok. Listening to a police radio with all the background noises that accompany police work it is easy to misunderstand a “verbal” statement rather than a succinct ten-code utterance. It saves time when seconds count. Contrary to the articles assertion that there are all these departments with all these different code systems is rubbish. So, if Baltimore City and Montgomery County want to be in their own little worlds with their own ten-codes why change the entire rest of the state because of just two agencies?

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