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State police stop talking in code
State police stop talking in code

Cops are starting to talk like the rest of us. The Maryland State Police became the latest law enforcement agency to throw out its cryptic language, directing officers this week to stop telling each other "10-4" and instead just say "OK." It's a transformation of seismic proportions — veteran officers who in the academy had to memorize the codes and got in trouble for calling in "livestock on highway" instead of a "10-54" will now have revert to civilian vocabulary. Now state troopers can just say there's a cow in the road. "I think it's going to be a cultural challenge," said Col. Marcus L. Brown, the...