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10-4 over? Bossier City police adopt plain speech

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Bossier City Police drop 10-codes in favor of plain speech Bossier City Police drop 10-codes in favor of plain speech
BOSSIER CITY, La. -  Bossier City had long relied on the 10-code system, assigning certain crimes to certain number combinations like 10-20 or 10-45, to keep talk time on police frequencies to a minimum. The department transitioned away from the system recently at the request of US Dept. of Homeland Security.

"About a year ago, we went to what we call 'plain speak' which a number of agencies have been going to," Bossier City Police spokesperson Mark Natale said. "In the event that we're operating with another agency on a wide scale situation, everybody is on the same page."

Bossier authorities say they talk to otherjurisdictionss onoccasionn for everything from police chases across city lines to pre-planned stings like last month's Operation Cross Country VIII.

"It took some time for the officers to get familiar with it," Natale said. "Some of the older veterans, it took them more time than some of the younger guys, bueverybody's's basically on the same page now. Every now and then a 10-code will slip out, but not to the point that it's detrimental."

Cpl. Marcus Hines, Public Information Officer for Shreveport Police Department, says SPD has used plain speech for at least ten years.

Related link: Center for Plain Language

Related link: National Institute of Justice: Law enforcement agencies are phasing out old radio codes

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