October 20th, 2009

Switch to plain English might save cops’ lives

Radio dispatchers for cops and other personnel often talk in code. And who doesn’t love code? Knowing that a 187 means homicide puts you in the know.

But sometimes codes differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Take this example on NPR: “That's because 10-33, 10-52, GSW doesn't mean officer down, send an ambulance, multiple gunshot wounds, to the Missouri Highway Patrol. To the highway patrol, 10-33 is a traffic backup.

“Because the dispatcher switched to plain English, every state trooper for 50 miles came running. The officer lived, and the suspect was caught in less than an hour.”

The push to have officers and dispatchers speak in plain English really came to a head after 9/11 - dozens of neighboring police responded to New York City, with a lot of radio confusion resulting.

You can read and even hear more about this issue here.

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Controlling a migraine when you don't have/can't afford/don't want to take drugs

Migraine Remedy Recipe
2 cups coffee
2 Excedrin migraine
5-mile early morning run, as fast as you can

To make your run even faster, try these bonus tips:
1. Have man waiting for bus while it's still dark stand motionless against a tree, scaring the be-jebbers out of you when you realize he's just two feet away, and not a "mannequin!" as your brain first shouted.

2. Have Teen's friends wait at various bus stops, knowing they'll report "I saw your mom walking" or "I saw your mom running"

3. Realize half-way through your run that you forgot to bring a key and that if you don't run even faster, everyone will be gone by the time you get home, and that it's likely "hidden" key is actually lying on Teen's desk, due to "gross" spiders that like to spin webs near hiding place.

Got your own recipe?

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