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Dallas Police officers won’t have to worry about translating codes anymore. The PD has as decided to drop English as a second language as part of a more realistic method of communication. Here’s a portion of the story from the Dallas Morning News:

Today, the Dallas Police Department moves to a new plain-language system that’s supposed to make communications more universal and less complicated. No more of those distinctive radio codes or signals.

The department says it’s following a nationwide trend, but some call it the end of an era.

Others say the switch is no big deal. Many Dallas police dispatches already include plain language because it’s simple.

“It’s a no-brainer,” Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Herb Ebsen said. “It’s just common sense. If we start speaking in codes, you have a real chance for a problem or misinterpretation.”

I always thought the codes were to keep crooks from figuring out what the cops were talking about…

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Man bites cop

DUARTE – Aa man suspected of attempting to burglarize cars in Duarte Wednesday morning bit a sheriff’s deputy, officials said.

Deputies received a call around 8 a.m. that a man was trying to open car doors near the intersection of Huntington Drive and Las Lomas Road, according to Sgt. Michael Martinez with the Temple sheriff’s station.

When deputies attempted to arrest the man, a struggle ensued, and the suspect bit one of the responding deputies, Martinez said.

The Azusa Police Department was called in for assistance, Martinez said.

Authorities identified the suspect only as a male in his 30s.

He was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer, Martinez said.

No other suspects were detained, and the suspect did not have any loot, Martinez said.

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