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JLBC: Security

JLBC: Security

Two-person automobile

Bicycle patrol

Special vehicles

Calls should generally be assigned to the appropriate district car or unit. The dispatcher is usually responsible for determining who gets a call. If the right district car is not in service and the call is of a priority nature, the next closest district will usually be sent.

Before issuing an assignment, the unit chosen should be called, and a response obtained.

If there is detailed information to copy, the team should be alerted and then called back when

it is prepared to copy.

This will prevent waste of airtime from having to repeat missed information.

Air Codes

Some departments use air codes to identify particular activities. The use of air codes can:

Reduce the time needed to communicate format messages.

Require and promote universally (within departments) understood single meanings to certain


Promote brevity in messages.

Increase message reliability, especially in situations where messages must be repeated or

relayed between originator and final recipient.

Messages are easily recognized, comprehended, and understood.

More excellent communication can occur using less air time.

Inflection does not change the meaning of messages.

There is increased assurance that the message will be understood in poor signal coverage


A typical series of air codes are called the ten code system.

When spelling messages on the radio (or telephone), it is sometimes helpful to use code words to reduce the chance of the recipient misunderstanding a letter. Typical code words might be the following:

A-Adam B-Bravo C-Charles D-David H-Henry I-Ida J-John K-King O-Ocean P-Paul Q-Queen R-Robert V-Victor W-William X-X-ray Y-Young

Organization at Console

E-Edward L-Lincoln S-Sam Z-Zebra

F-Frank G-George M-Mary N-Nora T-Tom U-Union

Proper work organization allows for the efficient and expeditious handling of field units for field assignment. The following, when practical, can help avoid confusion and pitfalls:

Before taking over the radio, question the operator you are about to relieve as to conditions in the field.

Check the daily bulletin before making relief.

You may have occasion to refer to it or may alert a field unit that is involved

with a suspect listed in the daily bulletin.

Organize the work areas to suit your ability to work comfortably

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