Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity?

Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity

Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity?

Before I moved to America I was a special constable ( a police officer with exactly the same powers as paid officer only difference is special constables are volunteers) they didn’t really tell us why they use IC codes but I guess it’s too ensure that people don’t know that we are talking about them.

  • IC codes are about appearance, not ethnicity.
  • Ethnicity is a shared culture.
  • Culture is the aggregation of beliefs, attitudes, approaches, behaviors, and social output.
  • Some people use ethnicity as a euphemism for the race.

Clarity for descriptions.

Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity
Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity?

There are (or last time I looked anyway) 7 codes for this descriptive aspect.

  1. IC1 – white, “Northern European”
  2. IC2 – Hispanic – “Southern European”
  3. IC3 – Black, Afro-Caribbean
  4. IC4 – Asian – as in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladesh, etc.
  5. IC5 – Oriental (Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese, etc.)
  6. IC6 – Arabic (Middle-eastern appearance)
  7. IC9 – Unknown (transparent maybe?)

These are outward descriptors that can instantly generate a generic image to officers if broadcast over the radio. I hope you can already see why these codes are better than verbal descriptors.

What one person calls Asian, another may call Arabic, a white guy with a strong tan can look IC2 or even IC3 or 4. A very light-skinned black person can appear IC1, and so on.

These were cooked up a good 30–40 years ago, so they are a bit dated.

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Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity?

They do not denote anything more than skin tone or generic facial structure, no lumping people into certain traits or social grouping.

When we deal with people (prisoners, witnesses etc) we have to ask how they describe themselves against a different scale

Self Defined Ethnicity (SDE) Code – 16+1

ASIAN OR ASIAN BRITISH

  • A1 INDIAN
  • A2 PAKISTANI
  • A3 BANGLADESHI
  • A9 ANY OTHER ASIAN BACKGROUND

BLACK OR BLACK BRITISH

  • B1 CARIBBEAN
  • B2 AFRICAN
  • B9 ANY OTHER BLACK BACKGROUND

MIXED

  • M1 WHITE & BLACK CARIBBEAN
  • M2 WHITE & BLACK AFRICAN
  • M3 WHITE & ASIAN
  • M9 ANY OTHER MIXED BACKGROUND

CHINESE OR OTHER ETHNIC GROUP

  • O1 CHINESE
  • O9 ANY OTHER ETHNIC GROUP

WHITE

  • W1 BRITISH
  • W2 IRISH
  • W9 ANY OTHER WHITE BACKGROUND

When these codes were brought out, they’re a little sulking that they didn’t include White English – you just can’t make everybody happy can you.

Interestingly, a person can give any ethnicity they want, so a white guy can say they are B2 or A3 if they want and we have to record it as such.

Conclusion:

Backdoor racism. Due to so many people complaining about being categorized with other race groups (e.g. “I’m not African, I’m Dominican”, or “just cause I look like this, you think..”), the government is forced to further categorize even more groups, and the list starts getting long.

Codes are easier to remember and may contain other notes, instructions, or information in the general nature of the code itself. I think so, anyway.

So that when citvilians listen to/read transcripts and reports they don’t hear “Asian man” and start crying “Racist!” They instead hear IC4 and just gloss over it.

Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity?

Yes, although they have been largely superseded by the newer ethnicity codes that define white, black, Asian, and so on.

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Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity
Why do police use IC codes instead of just stating the person’s ethnicity?

I really find them condescending to ask – they are set to whatever the person decides they want to be identified as, so if I decided I was black then that is what the system would have to identify me as even though all those that know me can attest that I am actually pale green.

These were brought in I think about 14 or more years ago. The principle seems to be that if we identify everyone as one ethnicity or another then somehow that will foster greater racial harmony (cue singing birds and harps playing).

personally I think it serves to divide rather than unite. I can’t see any useful purpose in saying on reports that the victim of a fraud is white, black or any other racial group, they are still a fraud victim.

If the incident being reported has some racial aspect then I can understand it, otherwise it is pointless and mildly devisive.

But that’s politics for you.

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Why do police use codes like “10-4”?

The ten codes (aka brevity codes) were introduced by a state trooper or highway patrolman (I’ll check this and edit details later) way back when radios were still vacuum tube controlled.

There was a short delay between when the mic was keyed and the actually start of transmission. People tended to start talking as soon as they keyed the mic, clipping off the first syllable or so (people still manage to do this no matter what the radio). It served two purposes.

  1. Allowed a clear brief communication of commonly transmitted phrases
  2. If the talker started without pause, “ten” would be clipped but the rest transmitted.

The standardized ten codes were accepted by public safety communicators internationally and remain in use by police, fire and EMS all over the world.

They are joined by the 11-code series a number of procedure words and sometimes penal and vehicle codes to form a useful radio vernacular allowing units to communicate clearly with fewer words.

The meaning of phrases and codes is not completely standardized nationally or even between some first responders locally so there can be confusion, although most of the basic ten codes and procedural words are the same wherever they are used.

The unit identifies usually indicate type, specialty, division, i.e. E10 =engine 10 (water and pump) T12=truck12 (rescue tool, ladders, etc), 11john (might be 2 officers, a shift, or division), A210 might be Advanced life support 210.

People with public safety and or military training tend to include these phrases into the conversational vernacular .

I have found it useful in all kinds of situations: If I wish to make someone (who shares the vernacular) understand something I don’t necessarily want everyone else within earshot to get. If I have met someone and want to check their background or want to communicate mine.

It would take pages to list all the codes and phrases but I give a few examples:

10–4 This means I have received your transmission (not affirmative /o.k. and it doesn’t I’m gonna do it)

10–20 (or “20”) what is your location (usually this means I want to share a story, or I just saw you someplace your not going want to say on air)

23102 California v.c. for driving under influence (others for recklessly or way too fast)

415 California P.C. for public disturbance

11–44 dead

5150 comes from the form number for placing someone on 72 hr psych hold means someone is or is acting nuts.

mva/tc motor vehicle accident or traffic collision

code 3 Lights and siren

code 4 situation under control (I’m cool)

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