Oregon State Police – Radio Codes

Last Updated on August 3, 2021 by KC7NYR

Dispatch Centers and Headquarters

Most State Police units are dispatched from one of two regional command centers. The Northern Command Center is located in Salem, and the Southern Command Center is located in Central Point.

The exception to this rule is the University Patrol Office, located on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. Dispatch services for this office are provided by the Oregon State University Dispatch Center, which State Police units share with OSU Public Safety personnel.

The Oregon State Police General Headquarters is located in Salem, across the street from the State Capital.

Radio Codes
12-Codes
12-1 – In Service
12-2 – Out of Service
12-3 – Return to Office
12-4 – Call Office or Other by Phone
12-5 – Repeat Message
12-6 – Contact Address or Complainant
12-7 – Motor Vehicle Registration Check
12-8 – Motor Vehicle Registration and Legal Owner Check
12-9 – Check PUC Status
12-10 – Check for Operator’s License/Driving Status
12-10A – No Valid Operator’s License
12-11 – Desire Description from Operator’s License
12-12 – Unable to Copy, Change Location
12-13 – Stations and/or Cars Called, Prepare to Copy
12-14 – Relay Following to Station
12-15 – Locate for Emergency Message
12-16 – Motor Vehicle Accident
12-16A – Motor Vehicle Accident, Fatal
12-16B – Motor Vehicle Accident, Injuries, No Ambulance
12-17 – Motor Vehicle Accident, Ambulance Dispatched
12-18 – Dispatch Ambulance
12-19 – Dispatch Tow Vehicle
12-20 – Check Wanted/Stolen Status
12-20A – Can Subject Hear Radio? – Sensitive Information
12-20C – Concealed Handgun Permit
12-21 – No Record or Report on Subject
12-22 – Prior Misdemeanor Record – Not Wanted
12-23 – Prior Felony Record – Not Wanted
12-24A – Subject Wanted – Felony
12-24B – Subject Wanted – Misdemeanor
12-25 – Similar Subject Record, Added Info Required
12-26 – Base Station Going Out of Service
12-27 – Call by Radio on Arrival at Office
12-28 – Suspicious Person
12-29 – Disturbance
12-30 – Reckless Driver
12-31 – Intoxicated Driver
12-32 – Intoxicated Person
12-33 – Emergency – All Stations and Cars Remain Silent
12-34 – Resume Normal Operations and Traffic
12-35 – Abandoned Motor Vehicle
12-36 – Illegal Hunting – Vicinity
12-37 – Advise Road and Weather Vicinity
12-38 – Switch Radio Frequency
12-39 – Attention All Stations
12-40 – Standby
12-41 – Go Ahead with Your Traffic
12-42 – No Traffic
12-43 – Disregard Previous Transmission
12-44 – Accident or Spill – Hazardous Material
12-45 – Burglar Alarm
12-46 – What is the Telephone Number of Your Station
12-47 – Computer Files Temporarily Unavailable
12-48 – Computer Files Now Available
12-49 – Death Investigation
12-49A – Possible Homicide
12-50 – Message Not Radio Traffic, Handle by Phone
12-51 – Sex Offender
12-52 – Radio Technicians Enroute to Your Station
12-53 – Regular Power Out, Using Emergency Power
12-54 – Testing Station, Desire Report of Voice Quality
12-55 – Transmit an Equipment Test, Count 1 to 5
12-56 – No Help Immediately Available
12-57 – Disabled Motorist
12-58 – Narcotic Activity
12-59 – Late Return – Advise My Residence
12-60 – Mentally Ill Subject
12-65 – Roll Call of All Units
12-88 – Off Duty
12-94 – All Clear – No Assistance Needed
12-96 – Vehicle Stop – Location and License
12-97 – Radio Check Only – Location Optional (Commonly used to check unit status)
12-98 – Officer Needs Help – Non Emergency
12-99 – Officer Needs Help – Emergency


Disposition Codes
A disposition code is transmitted at the conclusion of every call.

1 – No Action Taken
2 – Citation Issued
3 – Warning Issued
4 – Lodged in Jail
5 – Report Taken
7 – Log Entry Only
8 – Unable To Locate/Gone On Arrival
9 – Field Interview
10 – Unfounded Complaint
11 – Referred Complaint to Outside Agency
13 – Civil Matter/No Action Taken
14 – No Patrol Available
15 – Follow-Up
16 – Info Obtained/Witness Interview
20 – Referred to ODOT
21 – Assistance Rendered
22 – Motorist Assist
24 – Outside Agency Assist
25 – Obstruction Moved
26 – Crash Investigation/Primary Unit
28 – Abandoned Vehicle Tagged
29 – Abandoned Vehicle Towed
31 – DRE Evaluation
32 – K-9 Search
33 – Hunting Enforcement
34 – Angling Enfocement


Clearance Codes
(No longer used – phased out approx 10 years ago due to being deemed discriminatory)

A 6-part clearance code is transmitted after the disposition code following a traffic stop. The letters indicate race, gender, age, reason for stop, and whether or not a search was conducted. The Oregon State Police collects this data along with other statistics for periodic reports.

1st position – Race

A – Asian
B – Black
H – Hispanic
N – Native American
W – White
M – Middle Eastern/East Indian
2nd position – Gender

F – Female
M – Male
3rd position – Age

A – Adult
J – Juvenile
4th position – Reason for Stop

C – Criminal
G – Fish/Wildlife Code
T – Traffic/Vehicle Code
A – ATL/BOLO
5th position – Search/Frisk

N – No Search
D – Search Requested/Denied
0 – Search, Nothing Found
1 – Search, Weapons Found
2 – Search, Drugs Found
3 – Search, Alcohol Found
4 – Search, Other Evidence Found
6th Position – Reason For Search (used only if a search was conducted)

S1 – Consent Search
S2 – Probable Cause Search
S3 – Search Incident to Arrest


Unit Identifiers

OSP unit numbers are generally composed of 4 digits. The first and second digits indicate the station to which the unit is assigned and the third and fourth digits indicate the unit number within that station. Some specialized units replace the second digit with a letter, or add a letter between the third and fourth digit. A 7 as the 3rd digit indicates a Fish & Wildlife unit.

Station Commanders are usually xx10 and Assistant Station Commanders are usually xx11.

Station Numbers
11 – Portland
13 – Astoria
14 – McMinnville
15 – St. Helens
17 – Tillamook
21 – Salem
22 – Capital Mall
23 – Albany
24 – University Patrol Office (Oregon State University campus and surrounding area) No longer part of OSP 12/31/2020.
25 – Springfield
26 – Newport
31 – Central Point
33 – Coos Bay
34 – Gold Beach
36 – Klamath Falls
37 – Roseburg
41 – Baker City
42 – Burns
43 – John Day
44 – Milton-Freewater
46 – La Grande
47 – Ontario
48 – Pendleton
49 – Hermiston
51 – Bend
52 – La Pine
53 – The Dalles
54 – Prineville
55 – Madras
59 – Arlington (No longer staffed)
Specialized Units
8 William XX – Motor Carrier Enforcement
9 X-Ray XX – Mobile Response Team (Riot Team)
9 Zebra XX – SWAT Team


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