Comment: Radio traffic is *revealing*

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Radio traffic is *revealing*

It is extremely hard for me to understand why not only the license plate but also the associated name ("Rodia") were stated in LEO radio traffic without phonetics. Even rookies don't do this.

Similarly, in proper LEA/EMS radio procedure, dates are not given by month; rather, they are called by the number. For example, "August 6, 69" (as the dispatcher states to 53-Edward) would be "zero eight, zero six, six nine" (or "niner," if an agency uses ITU phonetics).

I have been involved in and have good familiarity with multiple venues of public safety communications. Phonetics are *always* used to disambiguate transmitted strings - even in casual comments on simplex (unrepeatered) "car to car" channels.

Note that 53-Edward also asks the dispatcher to run the "operator," not the registered owner. Maybe this is common LEA radio usage in CT, but AZ distinguishes between the registered owner (RO) and the operator. Here in AZ, "running the operator" implies a traffic stop, meaning an occupied vehicle. You can't run the operator unless you have a person present.

But assume 53-Edward actually meant to say the registered owner. If the vehicle was NOT occupied then it implies that he had probable cause (PC) or exigent circumstances (clearly connected to a crime scene or articulable peril) and had already accessed the vehicle interior to check the registration paperwork. However, he said only that it was a "possible suspect vehicle." That's just reasonable suspicion, not PC. Possibly CT requires registration to be displayed "in plain view"; not so here in AZ. How would he already know who the operator (or RO) is before getting the plate return, unless he was detaining someone associated with the vehicle, or incident to an arrest?

I realize this is a raw mix of traffic from multiple frequencies, but still - given the incredible amount of digital cruft and the sloppy radio discipline - I find it completely out of character that a state LEA (it appears to be the CT state police) would operate this way. It makes our local PD commo sound absolutely top notch in comparison.

These discrepancies are rather glaring.