Omaha Police Codes and Signals


The Omaha Police Department uses service 10 codes to describe an officers current status.

 Officers are either:

  • 10-7: Out of Service, on a call, not available for new calls
  • 10-8: In Service, available to take a new call.
  • Signal 8-0 (Eight-Zero): Break / Lunch

Disposition Codes:

Disposition Codes are added after an Officer goes 10-8 (in service).

  • Code 1: Made a report
  • Code 2: Made an arrest
  • Code 3: Issued a citation
  • Code 4: Gone upon arrival
  • Code 5: Unable to locate
  • Code 6: Civil matter
  • Code 7: Assignment completed
  • Code 8: Turned over to another unit or agency
  • Code 9: Cancelled off call

So if an Officer reports “10-8, code 3”, this means, “I am finished with my call after issuing a citation, and available for a new call.”

Signal Codes:

  • Signal 1: No Record
  • Signal 1A: Traffic Only Record
  • Signal 1B: Misdemeanor Only Record
  • Signal 1C: Traffic and Misdemeanor Record
  • Signal 2: Has Felony Criminal Record; Not Wanted at This Time
  • Signal 2C: Convicted Felon; Not Wanted at This Time
  • Signal 3: Misdemeanor Warrant on File (Traffic or Criminal)
  • Signal 4: License Suspended
  • Signal 5: Stolen
  • Signal 6: Wanted For Felony and/or Felony Warrant on File
  • Signal 7: Failed to Appear
  • Signal 8: Prepare F.I. Card (Field Investigation Card)
  • Signal 9: Bomb Threat Assignment
  • Signal 10: Gun Registration Permit (Owns Gun)
  • Signal 46: Lifetime Suspension of Driving Privileges
  • Signal 66: Suspected Gang Member
  • Signal 8-0 (Eight-Zero): Lunch Break
  • Signal 88: Situation Secure
  • Signal 10-10 (Ten-Ten): In the area in service, or out of car on portable radio
  • Signal X: Consider Extremely Dangerous

Signal 88

“Signal 88” or just “88” is a status where the Officer declares the situation secure or safe.  Dispatchers routinely check on Officers to ensure they are safe and in control of a situation.  Officers will respond that they are Signal 88 meaning they are in control of the situation and OK.

Clearing the Air

When “the air is cleared” it means that Officers are on a high risk call that requires them to have uninterrupted communication access to dispatch or other Officers.  This is most often used in emergency situations.  All other radio traffic on the precinct frequency is stopped and a beeping tone is initiated so that Officers on scene can communicate without other distractions.

Clearing the air is usually ended with a report of “Signal 88” by Officers on scene.

Help an Officer

“Help an Officer” is a mayday/distress signal indicating that an Officer needs immediate emergency help.  A Help an Officer is often used when there is an immediate threat to the Officers life or well being.  It is indicated by a citywide emergency warble tone.

When Help an Officer goes out, everyone stops what they are doing and goes to the location of the help call with lights and sirens on.


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