'Code 1' Announcement

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  1. RichardKing

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    On my arrival at London Victoria, I heard the following announcement: "This is a staff announcement: could a British Transport Police officer please go to Platform 7. There is a code 1." This was then repeated (for emphasis I assume!)

    I was wondering what code 1 actually means. It didn't appear to be anything major.
     
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  3. Haydn1971

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    Kettles boiled in the back office ;)
     
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    Funny enough when I was at Victoria earlier this afternoon I heard a similar announcement asking BTPolice to attend the excess fares window on a "code 2". There was a couple of constables standing right where I was who didn't seem too concerned/interested!
     
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    Code 2 is "nothing happening just wanted to freak out the punters"
     
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    All of the above seem very credible!
    --- old post above --- --- new post below ---
    That was exactly the same in my case. No one appeared to be concerned about the mystery code 1!
     
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    Perhaps someone had taken a code 1 on platform 7?
     
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    This page gives some interps and this page gives some US ones
     
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    Code 1 is used by some emergency services across the UK to mean a fatality. So someone may have collapsed and died on the platform.
     
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    If that were the case the train wouldn't have been allowed into the platform, it would have been re-platformed.
     
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    Mr sands, inspector sands or mr sun usually means a fire, but not severe enough to warrant evacuation. Mr black is a bomb threat, again not warranting evacuation.

    Mr sanford was used by VTXC to indicate to traincrew that another member of traincrew needed assistance.

    These codes are over 10 years old however and may well now be defunct.
     
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    Reminds me of this sketch:

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    IIRC a code 2 is a brunette. They must have preferred code 1's (blondes)
     
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    Inspector Sands means a fire alarm, not necessarily a fire, and is still in use.
     
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    In the retail trade a "code 10" is a suspected shoplifter in many stores. A few colleagues at Dixons (as it was then) used "code 11" to indicate an attractive lady...
     
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    Code 10 for me has always been related to credit card fraud.

    At exhibitions, I was given a list of names that meant different things, like searching the stand for a suspicious package. I forget the names, but events organisers could have their own non standardised ones anyway.
     
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    Victoria Underground codes are for the cleaners.

    Code 1 is Blood
    Code 2 is Human Excrement/Vomit
    Code 3 is Urine
    Code 4 is a miscellaneous spillage
    Code 5 is broken glass
    Code 6 is general litter clearance
    Code 9 is bins require emptying

    As cleaners don't carry radios, an all areas announcement is usually made along the lines of:

    "This is a contractor call for Interserve, could you please attend *location* for a code *x*."
     
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    Not necessarily and depends on the platform. The OP didn't say he was on his way in to Platform 7, just that that was where the assistance was required. To be honest I very much doubt there'd be the need for an announcement to be made if there was a collapse or similar as an emergency call would have been made, and being central London every officer and his sister would have made their way.
     
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    Im not having a pop at anyone here but is there any need for members of the public to know what codes are used where and by whom?
     
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    Probably not, hence why codes are used I guess, so as to avoid panic. Also, with the current trend in people wishing to take videos etc and post to YouTube, I guess this is all the more reason not to divulge.
     
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    I'd hate to hear all of them mentioned in one announcement.
     
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    obviously not naming any companies, but if for instance you wanted some Sports equipment, you could go Direct to this store. We had a simple two code system.

    Code Three was shoplifter
    Code Four was attractive lady (not used when the female manager was in the store)
     
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    Code 5 the Female Manager just sacked you
     
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    I had actually just arrived into platform 15. I heard the announcement as I went through the ticket barriers. As I was heading that way, I did have a glance at the platform and I did see one BTP officer talking to staff members. Nothing dramatic seemed to be happening.
     
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    I would have thought in this day and age the police would welcome videos as they night help in any subsequent court / coroner proceedings. Clearly they might not welcome them being on YouTube but which would they rather have, no video or video but it also being on YouTube.
     
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    I believe a Code 1 is a 'disturbance'.
     
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    In one of my previous retail jobs "code two" was customer service desk and "code seven" was security/shoplifter alert. One of the regular customer service desk staff would announce, slowly and calmly, "code seven code two, code seven code two". On the other hand one of the other girls would simply shout "CODE SEVEN CUSTOMER SERVICE" with more than a hint of panic in her voice.
     
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    So a code 11 is indicating both good-looking shoplifter
    Male & female?
     
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