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 Posted: Sun Aug 27th, 2006 02:45 am1st Post

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WOW! Iv met a lot of NYPD guys on here but no one from LAPD! So Iv always wondered how LAPD’S radio call sings work? See here in Richmond a small college city are officers all go buy 3 number call sign’s. 100’s are chefs and Major’s 200’s are Lt’s 300’s are Sgt’s and 400’s are officers. But in Lexington witch is a bigger city at al depends on your precinct so how does LAPD do it? Thanks
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 Posted: Sun Aug 27th, 2006 02:59 am2nd Post

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Okay, pretty simple.  The calls sign of any unit is a three part designation: Like 1A12.  1-A-12 The first part tells you what division they work:

1      Central
2      Rampart
3      Southwest
4      Hollenbeck
5      Harbor

6      Hollywood
7      Wilshire
8      West Los Angeles
9      Van Nuys
10     West Valley
11     Northeast
12     77th Street
13     Newton
14     Pacific
15     North Hollywood
16     Foothill
17     Devonshire
18     Southeast
19     Mission Area
24     Central Traffic
25     South Traffic
34     West Traffic
35     Valley Traffic

So, we know the first part - of 1A12 means the unit is assigned central division.  The second part -A- or Adam is the type of unit.

Adam        Two officer patrol car
Boy           Two officer patrol van (typically the drunk wagon) 
Crash        Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums
Cycle         Bicycle patrol
David        Support staff
Edward      Traffic enforcement
Frank         Felony enforcement
FrankBoy    Foot Patrol
Henry        Administrative Services
John          Juvenile Investigator
King          Detectives
Lincoln       Lone Officer *
Mary          Motorcycle
Paul          Special events supervisor
Queen       Special events
SLO          "slow" Senior Lead Officer
Tom          Traffic Investigation
Union        Report taking "U-boat"
Victor        Vice
William      Divisional detective
X-ray         Extra patrol
Young        Special services
Zebra        Special patrol


So, now we know that 1A12, was a two-man unit (Adam) working in Central divsion.  The twelve part tells you something also.  Odd number units are regular watches, like days, PM and AM.  The even number units are Mid-watches, the start work at times like 1000, 1800, etc.  Also, the 12 refers to the beat the unit works....so, in central divison, you could have a 1A12, 1A44, 1A66, and so on...just different units in the same division on the same watch...now, units ending in zero mean some kind of supervision -

10 Watch commander
20 Field Supervisor 
30 Field Supervisor
40 Field Supervisor
50 Field Supervisor
60 Field Supervisor
70 Field Supervisor
80 Public Relations
90 Station


So, 1L10 is the central division watch commander.....

 

 

 

 

 

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 Posted: Wed Oct 4th, 2006 03:43 am3rd Post

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My San Gabriel Valley, CA agency is similar, but on a much smaller scale

1)Every call sign starts with the #4,    no one is quite sure why, but it is often omitted when the radio gets busy

2) the second number is the shift  1, 2, 3   for graveyard, day shift, swing shift

3) is the beat   1, 2, 3 or 4.  If there is an extra unit that does not have beat responsibility he would be 5.

 

For non patrol officers  the 3rd number would be

8- Patrol supervisor, or Sgt when there is no LT on duty

9- Watch commander or LT when no Sgt is on duty

Specialized units work like this for the 2nd and 3rd number

Traffic officers/motors

91, 92, 93, 94

Civilian report takers

81,82,83

Detectives and and others that don't use the radio often use the last 3 numbers of their telephone extension as their call sign.

 

 

 

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 Posted: Wed Dec 16th, 2009 11:14 pm4th Post

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In the SGV city I work in, your badge number is your call sign. i.e. A-9 would be agent (same as corporal) 9. S-2 would be sergant 2.


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