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Old 12-19-2010, 5:03 PM
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Hello,

Is there a listing somewhere of MPD radio terminology? Not 10-codes but things like "Powershift" and "Ghost Rider" and "AR-15 certified".

While I tend to guess at some of the terminology, I would like to find a list if there is one out there.

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Old 12-20-2010, 6:56 PM
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A "Power Shift" is a special unit which focuses on the trouble spots in certain neighborhoods.
The Power Shift runs from 18:00 hrs to 02:00 hrs (it might be 19:00 hrs to 04:00 hrs) and operates on a rotating schedule for patrol officers. I am not sure about "Ghost Rider" and "AR-15 certified", maybe someone else can elaborate.
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A "Power Shift" is a special unit which focuses on the trouble spots in certain neighborhoods.
The Power Shift runs from 18:00 hrs to 02:00 hrs (it might be 19:00 hrs to 04:00 hrs) and operates on a rotating schedule for patrol officers. I am not sure about "Ghost Rider" and "AR-15 certified", maybe someone else can elaborate.
AR-15 is a rifle, so should be rifle certified, AR-15 is civilian version M-16
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AR15 certified is their term for being qualified to be issued a patrol rifle. It's also means the officer has likely been through their "active shooter" program. The term "ghost rider" is one I've not heard. I would certainly be interested in knowing it's meaning also.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:46 PM
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To answer the original question, their are no "official" lists. In most cases, what is being called "terminology" is part of the call sign. Specialized units can come and go overnight, and their designator along with them. Yes, Power Shift is a shift. It began in the '80's as a 90-day 1830-0300 rotation that some members enjoyed, and selected as their "normal" shift, or stayed extended tours. As mentioned, their are many details that will have their own call sign, such as, AHOD - All Hands on Deck. AR15 is just that... AR15.
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Default MPD Terminology/Call Signs/etc.

Thanks for the replies.

I figured there is no "official list" so I will try and jot things down as I hear them and ask as they come up.

So here is another one: what is an "official", as in "is there a lower end official on the air?" or for a domestic violence call that invloves a minor, I often hear the dispatcher ask "is there an official that can respond".

Is this simply someone in the command chain or a designation for each tour?

And my favorite: why is DCFEMS called the "board"?

Again, thanks for all the responses and please pardon my ignorance.
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An "Official" is a supervisor, sergeant and above. At times it may be a Master Patrol Officer who is sometimes designated an acting sergeant.

The "board" is short for "fire board". However, I don't recall where the term originated. Perhaps someone else will chime in.
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Old 12-24-2010, 8:26 AM
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The "board" is short for "fire board". However, I don't recall where the term originated. Perhaps someone else will chime in.
Different places use different terms; "Radio", "Dispatch, "Fire Alarm", "Office", and some use the station call sign like KBC123.

My guess. When they first started using radios, the dispatcher(s) used a telephone switchboard.
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OK, what about "CIC", as in the dispatcher saying "I will notify CIC"?
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OK, what about "CIC", as in the dispatcher saying "I will notify CIC"?
CIC = Command Information Center
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What's a "dough-boy?"
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What's a "dough-boy?"
If you are in Boston it's the Doughboy Doghnut Shop. All the cops, firefighters and Fire Buffs know where it is.
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If you are in Boston it's the Doughboy Doghnut Shop. All the cops, firefighters and Fire Buffs know where it is.
The context in which I heard it was a deputy calling in a license plate number, then identifying the driver and his/her passenger, as, "xyz123 Florida reg, female driver and a doughboy."
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The context in which I heard it was a deputy calling in a license plate number, then identifying the driver and his/her passenger, as, "xyz123 Florida reg, female driver and a doughboy."
I guess you've never seen a Pillsbury ad.
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This is what i was thinking more of.

Urban Dictionary: Dough Boy
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That was sort of my inference as well. Thanks for your response.
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thats funny. doughboy, ha
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