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LAPD Phonetic Alphabet / APCO Phonetic Alphabet

The APCO phonetic alphabet, (LAPD radio alphabet), is the term for an old competing spelling alphabet to the ICAO radiotelephony alphabet, defined by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International], that is currently used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other local and state law enforcement agencies across the United States. It is "over the air" communication, used for understanding a broadcast of letters, in the form of easily understood words.

Despite being called a "phonetic alphabet", it is not a phonetic alphabet for transcribing phonetics.

Below is the LAPD's phonetic alphabet, in alphabetical order.
  • Adam
  • Boy
  • Charles
  • David
  • Edward
  • Frank
  • George
  • Henry
  • Ida
  • John
  • King
  • Lincoln
  • Mary
  • Nora
  • Ocean
  • Paul
  • Queen
  • Robert
  • Sam
  • Tom
  • Union
  • Victor
  • William
  • X-ray
  • Yellow
  • Zebra


Don't get caught by the cops without knowing how to speak their language! The LAPD phonetic alphabet is commonly used by police throughout the U.S. Doughnuts anyone?

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