Crime & Law Enforcement Issues & Death Penalty/SWAT communication on radio


On a raid, between the team on the ground and the commander, are call signs with numbers e.g. Bulldog 1 used?  Would the commander have his own call sign? Thank you.

Each agency has their own identification process for identifying team members entering the net.  The "net" is the channel reserved for that traffic, and nowadays, many agencies are using scramblers to protect the security of the operation.

Some teams may use phrases to identify different sections or individuals, in the Arizona Department of Corrections, they are assigned titles, such as "Command," "Logistics," "operations," etc.  If you Google "Incident Command System" under the Department of Homeland Security, you may find more specific information.  ICS is required by Homeland Security for ALL agencies receiving any form of assistance from the Federal Government.  This system was first utilized by fire departments in the U.S.  It is now in widespread use, including in jails and prisons.

under ICS, radio codes are not preferred, instead plain English is utilized to ensure all involved understand the traffic.  Radio codes have different meanings as you move from agency to agency, but clear text traffic is easy to understand.  Confidential information is relayed by "land line," text messages, or even by runner.

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Jim Klein


I can answer questions regarding prison issues, including use of force, classification, security, health service, foodservice, disciplinary issues, and custody levels. I can also answer questions regarding methods of execution, specifically lethal gas and lethal injection, and can address some court decisions regarding both. I am also an FBI certified Negotiator, and have experience in prison hostage situations, and was a tactical team member for almost 12 years.


I worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections for over 20 years, then for a private prison for a year after my retirement from the the state. I was on the tactical team for almost 12 years, a member of the Special Operations (executions) team for nine years. I worked every custody level , and held every security rank from Correctional Officer to Major. I was Chief of Security of three different custody levels, and two different prison complexes. I am heavily certified in training, including use of force, firearms training, Crisis Avoidance, Inmate Managenet, and many others. I retired as a Deputy Warden in 2005.

None now Past: American Correctional Association American Tactical Officers Association

I have 78 credits towards a BSBM with the Univerity of Phoenix Online.

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