LAPD phonetic alphabet
At some point in the early history of emergency service mobile radio systems, the Los Angeles Police Department
instituted its own phonetic alphabet
for relaying precise word spellings. Despite the development in 1941 of the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet
and its replacement, circa 1955, by the NATO phonetic alphabet
, the LAPD
and other emergency service entities in California and elsewhere continue to use this alphabet--despite the fact that many of their sworn and support personnel have prior military communications training.
Adam - Boy - Charles - David - Edward - Frank - George - Henry - Ida - John - King - Lincoln - Mary - Nora - Ocean - Paul - Queen - Robert - Sam - Tom - Union - Victor - William - Xray - Young - Zebra