Plain Language v. Coded Communication




Upton, Jerry

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


Law enforcement agencies should utilize the concept of plain language as opposed to the use of coded communication as it pertains to radio traffic. Coded communication has become an outdated and unnecessary form of communication as well as a safety factor when communicating with outside agencies from neighboring departments. The need for assistance from outside agencies has increased as the economy has decreased making the need for a standardized means of communication more crucial. The implementation of plain language could serve as a tool to increase productivity, shorten field training programs and eliminate stressors for newly hired officers as well as communication officers. In this world of ever-advancing technology, what was once meant to be unknown is now known through police scanners, cell phone apps and the internet, proving even more that coded communication is no longer beneficial.