For decades, police officers have used codes to communicate messages across public radio waves quickly and securely. These codes help streamline communication with vital partners such as dispatch and other officers as well as various law enforcement departments and facilities. Codes differ from state to state. So what does it mean when a police officer in Nebraska announces “Signal 88” over their radio? It stands for Situation is Safe & Secure, and it is used to describe their current status to those who are listening over the radio.
Having been a police officer in Nebraska for over 20 twenty years, Shea Degan, Founder and CEO of 88 Tactical, has used this code thousands of times to communicate his status throughout his law enforcement career. If you’re wondering why the state of Nebraska chose the number 88 for this code, you’ll have to ask them. But Shea believed it to be a clever and fitting name for his first business venture, Signal 88 Security. As his next business venture came to fruition, he chose to incorporate the spirit of Situation is Safe & Secure in its name, 88 Tactical, which speaks to our mission to enable individuals, families, emergency workers, and military members to develop critical skills necessary to handle any situation or crisis.
It’s not a controversial origin story that an individual might claim in an effort to get their organization in the headlines and draw attention to their cause. Nor is it a salacious story that will give attention seekers fifteen minutes of fame. But it is the truth, and truth matters in a world where individuals can spread blatant lies and make baseless accusations that hurt good people.
If you are looking for a place that instills confidence in adults and children, treats people with respect and dignity, and welcomes everyone regardless of where they come from, what they look like, what they believe, or who they love, we encourage you to schedule a tour and see first-hand what kind of organization we really are.