Maine police dropping 10-code, switching to plain language

By Sharon Kiley Mack
Bangor Daily News

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Maine — As of Jan. 1, the Washington County Sheriff's Department no longer will use the ten code, a system of talking with numbers that many law enforcement agencies use when conversing with each other and communications centers.

Ten codes, also known as ten signals, were developed in 1937 and expanded in 1974 by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International to allow for brevity and standardization of message traffic. They historically have been used by law enforcement officers in North America, although in 2005, the U.S. federal government recommended they be discontinued in favor of everyday language.

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