Radio communication

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In radio communication, what information should be given after stating the incident type?

Street location information

What does the PSD do after the employee gives the location and type of incident?

Repeat the employee's call sign

When initiating an on-air roll call, who should initiate it?

An LEO in charge

What should be given after stating the incident type when radioing in a self-initiated incident?

Employee's call sign

What should an employee do when the PSD calls their current call sign or ID number during an extra duty detail?

Respond with their ID number and location

What is the requirement for all employees operating a police radio?

They must strictly observe regulations for radio operations

When should the radio microphone button be keyed according to the regulations?

Only when transmitting an official message

Based on the call sign construction, what does the first number in the number-letter-number configuration indicate?

The Department's affiliation

When combining Mutual Aid talk groups with police talk groups, what is recommended regarding language and identifiers?

Plain language and City identifiers should be used

What can a supervisor authorize when combining Mutual Aid talk groups with police talk groups?

Use of last names, if appropriate

What can a supervisor do for police employees and agencies without access to 800 MHz trunked radio frequencies or common talk groups?

Request authorization for loan of a spare radio or consider using the Florida Interoperability Network (FIN)

How does the Department communicate with other municipalities or counties, according to the text?

By initiating a crosspatch between a tactical talk group and a common talk group

Study Notes

Radio Communication Procedures

  • After stating the incident type, the employee should give the location, number of people involved, and a brief description of the incident.
  • When an employee gives the location and type of incident, the PSD (Public Safety Dispatcher) acknowledges the information and asks for additional details.
  • An on-air roll call should be initiated by a supervisor or a designated unit.

Radio Etiquette and Procedures

  • When radioing in a self-initiated incident, the employee should give the location, number of people involved, and a brief description of the incident after stating the incident type.
  • When the PSD calls an employee's current call sign or ID number during an extra duty detail, the employee should respond immediately and acknowledge the call.

Radio Operational Requirements

  • All employees operating a police radio must have a radio training certificate and follow FCC regulations.
  • The radio microphone button should be keyed only when necessary to transmit, and should be released immediately after transmission.

Call Sign Construction and Mutual Aid

  • The first number in the number-letter-number configuration of a call sign indicates the agency or unit identification.
  • When combining Mutual Aid talk groups with police talk groups, it is recommended to use plain language and avoid using agency-specific identifiers.
  • A supervisor can authorize the use of plain language and common identifiers when combining Mutual Aid talk groups with police talk groups.
  • A supervisor can provide alternative communication methods for police employees and agencies without access to 800 MHz trunked radio frequencies or common talk groups.

Interagency Communication

  • The Department communicates with other municipalities or counties through the use of Mutual Aid talk groups and plain language.

Test your knowledge of police communication procedures with this quiz. Learn about the proper order for giving locations and the transmission sequence for self-initiated incidents such as alarms and traffic stops.

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