Some of the common jargon/terminology/slang you might hear on the feed...

  • ADW: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • AIQ: Available in Quarters (typically an FD term meaning the fire apparatus is back inside the station)
  • ALPR (or "ALPR's hit"): Automatic/Automated License Plate Reader/Recognition (strategically placed pole-mounted [typically] cameras throughout a city scanning license plates looking for stolen vehicles).
  • ALS: Advanced Life Support (term commonly used by paramedics)
  • AMR: (American Medical Response) Ambulance Service
  • Audible: A burglar/fire alarm that can be heard
  • Baywatch: It's the Lifeguard division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • BEARCAT: "Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck." SWAT's armored vehicle.
  • "Beer Run": Theft of beer/alcohol (usually from a convenience store)
  • BLS: Basic Life Support (less severe than an ALS request)
  • BOLO: Be On the Look Out“The Boulevard”: Hawthorne Boulevard [usually]
  • "Bud": Budlong Avenue"Cal Personal": California Personalized (Vanity) License Plate
  • CARE: Ambulance Service
  • CDL: Can be either a Commercial Driver's License or a California Driver's License
  • CHP (or "Chippie"): California Highway Patrol
  • "Cut Your Code": Stop responding with lights and siren (i.e.: ...
    Sufficient units on scene, cut your code).DB: Dead body
  • DBR: Dead Body Recovery
  • DOB: Date of Birth
  • DCFS: Department of Children and Family Services
  • DL: Driver's License
  • DOT: Direction of Travel
  • DP: Disturbing Party (The person who is causing the problem)
  • DR or DR Number: Departmental Report
  • ETOH: Paramedic (usually) term for an alcohol related issue/drunk
    (i.e.: ...The patient's chief complaint is ETOH)
  • "E-TRIG" or "E-Trigger": An officer's panic (emergency) button on their handheld radio
  • Gerber: Ambulance Service
  • ​Ghetto Bird: Slang term used for police helicopter
  • GMH: Gardena Memorial Hospital
  • GOA: Gone On Arrival
  • GSR Kit: Gunshot Residue Kit...used by forensics in evidence collection.
  • GSV: Gunshot victim
  • Harbor: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (i.e.: ...Transporting patient to Harbor)
  • HBD: Has been drinking
  • “The Highway” or PCH: Pacific Coast Highway
  • "The Jetty:" The rock pile deflecting the surf just west of Esplanade/Topaz St in Redondo Beach
  • JO: Just occurred (i.e.: ...units respond to a 459 JO)
  • K9: Police dog
  • LACOFD: Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • LACOSO or LASD: Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • LAFD: Los Angeles (City) Fire Department
  • LAPD: Los Angeles Police Department
  • LASD: Los Angeles Sheriff Department
  • LCM: Little Company of Mary Hospital
  • "Man Ave" Another way to say Manhattan Avenue...not to be confused with Manhattan Beach Blvd.
  • MBB: Manhattan Beach Boulevard
  • MDT: Mobile Data Terminal...the computer in a police car.
  • McCormick: Ambulance Service
  • MedAlert: Term used by police to contact hospitals in the area to be on the lookout for shooting victims. (i.e.: ...everyone fled the scene after the shots were better send a MedAlert).
  • NARCAN: Short for Naloxone. It's a drug that can treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation
  • NCIC: National Crime Information Center
  • NFD: No Further Description
  • NFI: No Further Information
    Non-desirous: Victim does not want to press charges (i.e.: ...the clerk just wants the stolen merchandise back)
  • OIS: Officer involved shooting
  • "On the patch"is an LASD crime broadcast for something significant that usually just occurred
  • PDM: Paseo Del Mar
  • "Ped": Pedestrian (i.e.: ...the accident was vehicle vs. ped)
  • PV: Palos Verdes
  • RBB: Redondo Beach Boulevard
  • Redondo Beach Ave: N/S road between Marine Ave and MBB...Not to be confused with Redondo Ave or Redondo Beach Blvd
  • Res: Residence
  • RIC: Rapid Intervention Crew (is a fire dept. term)
  • RIP: Registration in process
  • RO: Registered owner (of the vehicle)
  • RPV: Rancho Palos Verdes
  • SBRPCA or “South Bay”: South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority (Dispatch)
  • SCC: Sheriff's Communications Center (LASD Dispatch)
  • SEB: LASD term used for the Special Enforcement Bureau (Special Weapons Teams).
  • Shelter-in-Place: This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors (i.e.: shooter roaming the streets, send an alert to residents in the area to shelter-in-place)
  • "Slow roll"Back-up request, non-emergency request
  • SO: Sheriff's Office
  • Strong Arm: A form of armed robbery by the user of bodily force
  • TFD: Torrance Fire Department
  • “The Strand”: Essentially, it's the North/South bike/walk path that runs from 45th St to about Herondo St
  • TMH: Torrance Memorial Hospital
  • UTL: Unable to locate (the suspect, the victim, the vehicle, etc.)
  • VDM: Vista Del Mar
  • Vic: Abbreviated way to say "Victim"
  • Waterline: Where surf meets sand (i.e.: Units patrolling the waterline looking for passed out drunks on the beach)
  • WC: Watch Commander
  • Wit: An abbreviated way to say "Witness" 

Radio, Penal and 10-Codes:

211: Armed Robbery

242: Assault & Battery

245: Assault with a deadly weapon

2735 or 273.5: Domestic Violence

311: Indecent exposure (code also used for drunks urinating behind the bars in HB)

415: Disturbance (415 loud party, 415 subject on a bus, 415 construction, etc.)

459: Burglary

459 audible: Burglar alarm going off

5149 (or 5149.5): [Unofficial] term used by law enforcement for someone who isn't quite 5150 (half-crazy).

5150: Crazy person

911B: Meet with Officer
925A: Suspicious person
927: Unknown trouble

927C: Check the area (for the suspect)

10-1: Your radio sounds like crap

10-2: Your radio sounds good

10-4: OK-Acknowledged

10-6: Busy (i.e.: Can you respond to the call? No, I'm 10-6).

10-9: Repeat what you just said

10-17: Enroute (to the call)

10-20: What's your location

10-21: Contact by phone

10-22: Disregard/Cancel

10-27: Drivers license check

10-28: Registration check (Is this vehicles registration current and active?)

10-29: Veh stolen check (is this vehicle stolen?)

10-33: Hold the channel for emergency traffic

10-35F (Frank): Felony warrant

10-35M (Mary): Misdameanor warrant

10-35P (Paul): Probation

Code 3: Lights and Siren (also referred to as "Rolling Code")

Code 4: All clear, everything is under control

Code 6: Officer is busy on a call

Code 20: Officer welfare check