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"Officer in dire need of assistance"

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by nikerret, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    Everywhere I've worked, the emergency code is 10-33. Never heard it used but heard plenty of emergencies where radio protocol goes out the window.

    Worst one was a jewelry store robbery just occurred that a detective from a neighboring department stumbled onto the offender in his getaway vehicle. You can hear him calling out the pursuit and asking for help with gunfire in the background as the offender is shooting at his squad. He kept begging for help even though he had a caravan of units behind him. After that day, the Sgt. started keeping his AR in his patrol car.
  2. I'm very lucky to never have heard the worst... with us it'll be plain english, and we're small enough to recognize if somebody's voice is cranked up even if they don't actually say how bad things are.

    I did have an interesting T-stop when I was a youngster at 1st dept.... I had just called off on a stop, just out of town, middle of night. Ran the D.L., and the response came back to a BIIIIIIGGG guy from a BAAAAAD area with history for assault and resisting etc.

    Every year it took a night or two to get used to wearing leather rather than no coat or light jacket. I didn't realize my coat had bumped my emergency button, and then I couldn't hear any air traffic, so I didn't know anything was amiss while I'm talking to the guy. I heard the louder than life roar of Caprice LT1s at mach3 coming over the bridge behind me, with a few guys from the neighboring town bailing out expecting me to be in the fight of my life. Embarrassed, but very glad to see cover when they explained it.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

  3. kayl


    Nov 14, 2004
    SE WI
    Around here 10-78 is Officer Needs Assistance - everyone drops everything and goes until cancelled.
  4. rookie1


    Mar 3, 2009
    As DBBR said we have codes for it, yet never are they used only replaced with something just as effective. I have been involved in two where they needed help.

    One was where an officer was sent to a male who indicated to family and friends he was going to kill himself. As officer arrives on scene the suicidal guys friend says that he has a gun. The officer says "I have a male at gunpoint who has a 9mm pistol, I need additional officers please" Everyone came and everyone went home at the end of the night.

    Second time was when a couple officers went into an apartment in the bad part of town for a possible domestic, male and female. Two officers arrive. Moments later they ask if they have a 2nd coming. They then ask for another one. I worked in a different area and when we ask for officers besides the standard 2nd to back it might go down hill. I start from my area so in the event I'm closer than on the other side of town. While en route about a minute after asking for a second (third officer), one officer thats there gets on the radio "SEND EVERYONE CODE 3, CODE 3". When you hear something like that it gets you a bit uneasy. The gas pedal couldn't do any further into the floor and no one could get out of my way quick enough. Come to find out the BG was throwing chairs at officers then fought and ran into a bedroom and locked himself in the closet. Somewhere there was a taser deployed into a door and the girlfriend thought we shot him so she freaked out as well. They ended up fighting him for a little while.
  5. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    I've got some funny ones. But, nothing I want to put in print on the WWW.
  6. Metro566

    Metro566 Gunfighter

    May 27, 2011
    Our code is "Signal Zero", means officer needs assistance and he needs it 2 minutes ago.

    Back a couple years when I was a Reserve Deputy I was tooling around outside one of the cities in our county when I heard dispatch send out a call for a "Bar fight, 10 people involved". They had 12 squads go so I figured they were fine.

    After the 12th unit got on scene I heard "Signal Zero! Get us everyone!"

    Since I was close, me and my partner were the next one scene. I remember as I was rolling up to the bar, I saw about 100 people standing outside the bar fighting back 6 city cops...they were actually preventing them from getting into the bar. I got out and ran up to the melee and was told 6 officers were inside addressing the fight and they got cut off from the rest of the officers.

    Before ya knew it we had Troopers, Deputies, and Cops from all over on scene, I'd guess probably 30 of us in all. We started in with the fists and kicks and fought our way in to the bar where the first 6 officers were fighting their way out to us. We were hosing the crowd down with OC, I mean it was raining fire up in there and we all got cross-contaminated of course.

    I broke two knuckles in my hand...from a "fall" :whistling:

    The 6 officers that were inside had their uniform torn to hell, bloody noses/lips, and could barely talk. Me and a few other guys grabbed their ****bags and walked the cops over to the ambulances to rest and get checked out.

    My favorite part of it as watching this trooper who was built like a brick ****-house run from his squad and do a NFL style shoulder tackle and take out like 9 people in one collision.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012
  7. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    In most of Kentucky, it's "signal 7" - it is usually written down as meaning "extreme emergency" as opposed to "signal 9" which means "emergency" but, informally, it is recognized to mean that a police officer has an extreme emergency need for assistance. I have never heard it used for anything other than an officer down or being shot at type of call. The larger cities use different codes.
  8. S. Kelly

    S. Kelly

    Jan 31, 2000
    Boston MA
    A transmission of "GET ME A FEW MORE CARS" means just that, kinda in a hurry, "GET ME SOME HELP UP HERE" gets everyone rushing to a scene, but "OT" does not mean overtime, it means everyone drops everything (people get unarrested as well) and goes to the call at light speed. Been to tons of the above.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2012
  9. In the past towns had a bell in the center of town or in some case a Church bell. If rang people would gather and help. Sounds like the Law Enforcement version. I am only aware of two used 9 and 10. It would be have been nice in my day to have some consistency

    We need more involvement from everyone parents as well to support Law Enforcements needs later ( no reductions in dept size)

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    Last edited: Dec 16, 2012
  10. RetailNinja


    Jan 31, 2007
    I had a guy fighting me one night who didn't want to go to jail. We ended up slipping in mud with him landing on top of me. I tried to call 10-78 3 times but one of our enlightened ones was on the radio running the registrations of people not from caucasia at the local gas station in his usual fishing expedition manner (we don't have MDTs - everything goes over priority), so I never got back up. Nothing like getting in a wrestling match with 28s from Chicago as the background music.

    I ended the fight by locking his head down against my chest, peeling his eyelids open, putting my OC can on to his optic nerve and holding the fun button until he went limp and started screaming.
  11. lopak


    Mar 9, 2012
    Kinda surreal --- beer bottles, backlit by streetlights, pinwheeling through the air and crashing on the roofs of patrol cars.

    A couple of our guys decided to ticket a bunch of cars parked along a street in a dicey neighborhood ... in front of a dicey bar ... just as the bar was closing.

    We were in the office finishing up an arrest when the radio lit up asking for everyone, all units/all districts. I managed to make sparks jumping over the curb coming out of the parking lot, scaring the crap out of my copilot.

    When we got there everyone grabbed nightsticks and ran toward the fun. The partygoers that didn't book were booked. Blue from all over the city showed up.

    And that was always the way of it. Regardless of rivalries, race, personalities, or politics, our guys and girls would risk their lives getting to an immediate assistance call. An all units/all districts was an epileptic's nightmare with a parade of flashing lights coming from all directions. The bad guys could expect immediate and intense response. Interesting how many units suddenly became "available".

    Always made me proud.
  12. I used the same after an officer involved shooting, but since it was at 0400 hours, and I work in a small town, everyone else was in bed. So, the dispatcher, who was a bit stressed out, started calling them out in the order that they are pre-programmed into the phone bank:

    1st call: Sheriff. Good guy, but he was in his late sixties
    2nd call: Chief Deputy. Excellent guy, but he lives forty five miles away.
    3rd call: Deputy who lived twenty miles away.

    It wasn't until the 4th call that she hit someone who lived in the town that the shooting took place in.

    NOTE: The dispatcher working was really good. But, she was on the phone with the reporting party when the shooting happened, and heard the yelling and then the gunshots. It kinda freaked her out.