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  • Patrol Bureau Commander�Division I Radio: "Patrol Bureau 1" CAD: "PB01"
  • Patrol Bureau Commander�Division II Radio: "Patrol Bureau 2" CAD: "PB02"
  • Patrol Bureau Commander�Division III Radio: "Patrol Bureau 3" CAD: "PB03"
  • Patrol Bureau Staff Radio: "Patrol Bureau" + consecutive number beginning with 3 CAD: "PB" + consecutive number beginning with 03
  • Station Commanders Radio: "Commander" + station number CAD: "CM0" + station number
  • Assistant Station Commanders Radio: "Commander" + station number multiplied by 10 CAD: "CM" + station number multiplied by 10
  • Additional assistant station commanders would be numbered consecutively.

The following radio and CAD designators are to be used by patrol personnel. Shift identifiers will be used at all times as part of the mobile unit designator. The shift identifiers are as follows, except where noted below:

  • A�Midnight and Early Midnight
  • B�Day Work
  • C�Evening
  • D�Early Day Work
  • E�Early Evening

A representative sample of the Mobile Unit Designators for patrol personnel (officers, field unit members, sergeants, second lieutenants, assistant station commanders, and station commanders) is provided in Appendix I to this SOP.

  • Patrol Second Lieutenants Radio: "Car" + station number + shift identifier CAD: "0" + station number + shift identifier
    • Additional second lieutenants working the same shift would replace the shift designator with "D" or "E."
  • Patrol Sergeants Radio: "Car" + station number multiplied by 10 + shift identifier CAD: "0" + station number multiplied by 10 + shift identifier
    • Additional sergeants working the same shift would be numbered consecutively.
  • Patrol Officers Area Cars Radio: "Scout" + patrol area + shift identifier CAD: "Patrol Area" + shift identifier
  • Second unit in a patrol area: Substitute "5" for third digit in the patrol area. Radio: "Scout" + first two digits of patrol area + "5" + shift identifier CAD: First two digits of patrol area + "5" + shift identifier Unit assigned to two or more areas simultaneously shall use the designator for the lowest numerical patrol area assigned.


The Public Safety Communications Center shall be notified in all cases of multiple core area assignments. Core areas are determined by the first two digits in the three-digit designator.

  • Field Units Radio: "Scout" + "9" + station number + a consecutive number beginning at 0 + shift identifier CAD: "9" + station number + a consecutive number beginning at 0 + shift identifier Patrol units manned by two sworn, fully trained officers. (This designator is not used to indicate an auxiliary or trainee is present.) Radio: "Scout" + first two digits of patrol area + "9" + shift identifier CAD: "Scout" + first two digits of patrol area + "9" + shift identifier Patrol units operating the paddy wagon Assigned a patrol area Radio: "Scout" + first two digits of patrol area + "8" + shift identifier CAD: First two digits of patrol area + "8" + shift identifier Assigned to the field Radio: "Scout" + "9" + station number + "8" + shift identifier CAD: "9" + station number + "8" + shift identifier NOTE: If a paddy wagon is assigned to a double unit, the wagon designator "8" will take precedence over the double unit designator.
  • Criminal Investigations Section Supervisor Radio: "CIS" + station number CAD: "IS0" + station number
  • Detectives Radio: "CIS" + station number + a consecutive number beginning with the number 1 CAD: "IS" + station number + a consecutive number beginning with*1
    • NOTE: To preclude the need to use three-digit designators, it is recommended that CIS call signs not be permanently assigned.
  • Crime Prevention Radio: "CP" + station number CAD: "CP0" + station number
  • Second Crime Prevention Officer Radio: "CP" + station number multiplied by ten CAD: "CP" + station number multiplied by ten Additional units would be numbered consecutively thereafter.
  • Crime Analyst Radio: "CA" + station number CAD: "CA0" + station number
  • Communications Assistants/Desk Officers Radio: "PCA" + station number CAD: "PCA" + station number
  • Stake?Out Units Radio: "X?ray" + station number multiplied by ten, then numbered consecutively CAD: "X0" + station number multiplied by ten, then numbered consecutively
    • NOTE: "X?ray" 90 through 99 are reserved for use by CIB. "X?ray" 1?19 are to be used for stakeouts not specific to a single station.
  • Shopping Center Units Radio: "Shopping Center" + station number + a consecutive number from 1 to 9 as needed CAD: "SC" + station number + a consecutive number Non?
  • Patrol Assignments Radio: "Victor" + station number + a consecutive number from 1 to 99 as needed CAD: "V" + station number + a consecutive number from 01 to 99 as needed
  • Selective Enforcement Teams (SET) Supervisor Radio: "Set" + station number CAD: "ST0" + station number Officer's Radio Radio: "Set" + station number + a consecutive number from 1 to 9 as needed CAD: "ST" + station number + a consecutive number from 01 to 09 as needed
  • School Education Officers Radio: SEO + station number + consecutive number 0 through 9 CAD: SE + station number + consecutive number 0 through 9
  • School Resource Officers Radio: SRO + station number + consecutive number 0 through 9 CAD: SR + station number + consecutive number 0 through 9
  • Staff Duty Officer Radio: "Duty Officer" + a consecutive number beginning with the number 1 CAD: "DO0" + a consecutive number beginning with the number 1
    • "Duty Officer 1," "Duty Officer 2," and "Duty Officer 3" will be used by the patrol bureau commanders; "4" will be used by majors, "5" will be used by captains, and "6" will be used by lieutenants while serving as duty officers on a temporary basis.
  • Youth Services Radio: "Youth Services 1" through "Youth Services 99" CAD: "YS" + consecutive number from 01 through 99 (e.g., "YS04")
  • Parking Enforcement Officers Radio: "Parking Enforcement" + station number + a consecutive number from 1 to 8 as needed CAD: "PE" + station number + consecutive number from 1 to 8 as needed
  • Animal Control Commander Radio: "Animal Control 1" CAD: "AC01"
  • Chief Animal Control Officer Radio: "Animal Control 2" CAD: "AC02"
  • Supervisors Radio: "Animal Control 01" through "Animal Control 11" CAD: "AC01" through "AC11"
  • Animal Control Officers assigned to patrol Radio: "Animal Control" + station number + a consecutive number from 1 to 9 as needed CAD: "AC" + station number + a consecutive number Animal Control Officers assigned to field or other special assignment Radio: "Animal Control" + consecutive number from 90 to 99 CAD: "AC" + consecutive number from 90 to 99


OPERATIONS SUPPORT BUREAU PROCEDURES

  • Commander Radio: "OSB1" CAD: "OB01"
  • Special Operations Division Commander Radio: "OSB2" CAD: "OB02"
  • K?9 Unit Second Lieutenant Radio: "K?9?1" CAD: "K901"
  • Sergeant Radio: "K-9-2" CAD: "K902"
  • Officers Radio: "K9" + consecutive number beginning at 3 CAD: "K9" + consecutive number beginning at 03
  • TAC Unit Supervisor Radio: "TAC1" through "TAC2" CAD: "T001" through "T002"
  • Officers Radio: "TAC" + consecutive number beginning at 3 CAD: "T0" + consecutive number beginning at 03
  • Hostage Rescue Vehicle Radio: "HRV1" CAD: "HRV1"
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Radio: "EOD1" through "EOD9" CAD: "EOD1" through "EOD9"
  • Civil Disturbance Unit CDU Commander Radio: "CD1" CAD: "CD01" Squads Radio: "CD" + squad + element
    • Example: First Squad will use the following designators:
      • "CD11" � First Squad, First Element
      • "CD12" � First Squad, Second Element
      • "CD13" � First Squad, Third Element CAD: "CD" + squad + element
    • CDU Transport Bus Radio: "CD50" CAD: "CD50"
    • CDU Transport Van Radio: "CD60" CAD: "CD60"
    • CDU Equipment Van Radio: "CD70" CAD: "CD70"
  • Marine Patrol Units Radio: "MP" + sequential numbers
  • Emergency Room Units Radio: "ER" + sequential numbers
  • Probation and Parole Radio: "PO" + sequential numbers
  • Traffic Division Commander Radio: "OSB3" CAD: "OB03"
  • Accident Reconstruction Unit Radio: "ARU1" through "ARU9" CAD: "ARU1" through "ARU9"
  • Motor Unit Supervisors Radio: "Motor 1" and "Motor 2" CAD: "M001" and "M002"
  • Officers Motor Unit assigned to an area. M + first number of area assignment + number. Radio: "Motor 21 Baker" � First early unit assigned to stations*2*and*6 "Motor 22 Baker" �
  • Second early unit assigned to stations*2*and*6 "Motor" 91 through 99 �
  • Field units and selective enforcement CAD: "M21B" "M31E"
    • NOTE: Motor officers assigned to 0600-1630 shift will utilize the "Baker" designator.
    • Motor officers assigned to the 0900-1930 shift will utilize the "Edward" designator.
  • Motor Carrier Safety Officers Radio: "MCS1" through "MCS9" CAD: "MCS1" through "MCS9"
  • Auxiliary Police Unit Radio: "Auxiliary" + assigned EIN CAD: Use the 4 digits of assigned EIN
  • All Other Traffic Division Units Supervisors Radio: "Traffic 2" through "Traffic 9" CAD: "TD02" through "TD09"
  • Officers Radio: "Traffic 10" through "Traffic 99" CAD: "TD10" through "TD99"
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit Supervisors Radio: "Traffic Enforcement 1" CAD: "TE01"
  • Area Officers Radio: "Traffic Enforcement" + station number + consecutive number from 1 to 8 as needed CAD: "TE" + station number + consecutive number from 1 to 8 as needed
  • Traffic Enforcement Units staffed by two TEOs Radio: "Traffic Enforcement" + station number + "9" CAD: "TE" + station number + "9"
  • Helicopter Division Commander Radio: "OSB4" CAD: "OB04"
  • Helicopter Team Radio: "Fairfax" + consecutive number beginning at 1 CAD: "FX0" + consecutive number beginning at 1
  • Officers Radio: "OSB" + consecutive number beginning at 25 CAD: "OB" + consecutive number beginning at 25
    • NOTE: These designators may also be used for other officers or civilians assigned to OSB.


CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU

  • Commanders Radio: "CIB1" through "CIB9" CAD: "I001" through "I009"
  • Supervisors Radio: "CIB10" through "CIB99" CAD: "I010" through "I099" Other CIB Units Radio: "CIB100" through "CIB999"
    • Each block of one hundred is assigned to the following squads:
    • Auto 100
    • Check and Fraud 200
    • Child Abuse, Juvenile, and Fugitive 300
    • Homicide 400
    • Robbery 500
    • Sex 600
    • Narcotics/Vice 700 and 800
    • Criminal Information Unit 900
    • Gang Investigations Unit Radio: "Gang Unit" 1 through 20 CAD: "GU01" through "GU20"
    • Victim Services Radio: "Victim Services" 1 through 9


SUPPORT STAFF PROCEDURES

  • Members of the support staff assigned to administrative, support, and staff duties are assigned designators as follows:
  • Crime Scene Section Supervisor Radio: "CS1" CAD: "CS01"
  • Officers and Staff Radio: "CS2" through "CS25" CAD: "CS02" through "CS25"


Public Information Office

  • Public Information Director Radio: "PIO1" CAD: "PIO1"
  • Officers and Staff Radio: "PIO2" through "PIO9" CAD: "PIO2" through "PIO9"
  • Police Chaplains Radio: "Chaplain" + station number CAD: "CHP" + station number
  • Administrative Units Administrative unit designators are for civilian and sworn personnel who are not addressed elsewhere in this SOP. Each bureau prefix shall be followed by consecutive numbers as assigned by the affected bureau commander. In all cases, 1 through 10 should be reserved for supervisors of units within these entities (e.g., "Admin 3" should be utilized by a supervisor in Administrative Support).
  • The following examples should be used when assigning designators:
    • Radio: "Admin 15" CAD: "AB15"
    • Radio: "IA 1" CAD: "IA01"
    • Radio: "Community 4" CAD: "CB04"
    • Radio: "Tech Services 3" CAD: "TB03"
    • Radio: "Research 13" CAD: "PR13"
    • Radio: "Warrant Service 11" CAD: "WS11"
    • Radio: "Academy 10" CAD: "AY10"
    • Radio: "Academy BUS" CAD: "AYBS"
    • Honor Guard Radio: "Honor Guard" + consecutive number from 01 through 09 CAD: "HG" + consecutive number from 01 through 99 (e.g., "HG02")

CHIEF OF POLICE AND DEPUTY CHIEFS

  • Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police Radio: "Unit" + assigned number CAD: "U00" + assigned number Sworn and civilian staff under direction of the Chief of Police or Deputy Chiefs of Police Radio: "Unit" + assigned three?digit number. The first of the three digits will coincide with the number of the unit to which the staff person is assigned; for example, staff assigned to Unit 1, Chief of Police, will use three-digit numbers ranging from 100?199. CAD: "U" + assigned three?digit number

PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO PSCC PSCC

  • Director Radio: "COM CENTER 1" CAD: "CC01"
  • PSCC Commander, Emergency Operations Radio: "COM CENTER 2" CAD: "CC02"
  • Other Personnel Radio: "COM CENTER 3" through "COM CENTER 99" CAD: "CC03" through "CC99"
  • Emergency Management Office Radio: "EMO1" through "EMO9" CAD: "EMO1" through "EMO9"

PERSONNEL IN NON?ASSIGNED STATUS

  • Any officer below the rank of first lieutenant having a need to use the police radio in a non?assigned status Radio: "Unit" + EIN CAD: EIN Officers ranking first lieutenant and above shall use their assigned designators.

OFF-DUTY LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYMENT

  • All officers working off-duty law enforcement employment shall use assigned designators as specified in General Order 340, Section V.E.

OTHER AGENCIES

  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Radio: "ABC1" through "ABC9" CAD: "ABC1" through "ABC9"
  • Detox Diversion Teams Radio: "Detox 1" and "Detox 2" CAD: "DET1" and "DET2"
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Radio: "FBI 10" through "FBI 12" CAD: "FB10" through "FB12"
  • Game Wardens Radio: "GW1" through "GW9" CAD: "GW01" through "GW09"
  • Northern Virginia Community College Campus Police Department Radio: "NOVA 1" CAD: "NCC1"
  • Medical Examiner's Office Radio: "ME1" CAD: "ME01"
  • Mobile Crisis Radio: "Woodburn 1" CAD: "WB01"
  • Norfolk Southern Railway Company Police Radio: "Railroad 1" through "Railroad 3" CAD: "RR01" through "RR03"
  • Radio Shop Radio: "Radio 1" through "Radio 99" CAD: "RAD1" through "RAD99"
  • Sheriff's Department Deputies Radio: "Sheriff" + assigned EIN CAD: "S" + assigned EIN
  • Mt. Vernon Station Radio: "Lockup" + station number (2) + consecutive number from 0 through 5 CAD: "LU" + "2" + consecutive number from 0 through 5
  • Mason Station Radio: "Lockup" + station number (4) + consecutive number from 0 through 5 CAD: "LU" + "4" + consecutive number from 0 through 5
  • Virginia State Police CAD: "VSP7"




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