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Police in Atlanta, Georgia are called “12,” but where did that nickname come from? Why does Atlanta call Police 12?

Police slang can look a lot different from city to city. People all over the country have many different names for police. Words like cops, po-po, and 5-0 are commonly used terms to refer to the boys in blue, but Atlanta has its own commonly used term that has now become widely used in pop culture.

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Police in Atlanta are called 12 as a slang term. According to sources, 12 comes from the police radio code “10-12,” which means thats visitors are present in the area where police are going. It’s similar to a warning to police that they might have company when they arrive on the scene.

It’s used in the streets to give a quick heads up to friends and or civilians that police have arrived or they are on their way. It’s is mostly a Southern, United States slang term, but has been adopted by television shows as well as pop-culture.

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