Radio broadcasts comfort officers working Christmas

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On the night before Christmas, there is a special broadcast heard by members of the law enforcement community.

For many, the holidays are spent with friends and family, but for some it’s spent at their place of work.

That’s why law enforcement officials around Indiana take to the radio Christmas Eve to make that shift a little bit better for officers on the clock.

On Dec. 24, control operators make a radio announcement a few times at night for officers to be on the lookout for a wanted subject. That subject — is Santa Claus.

In the past, the announcement has been worded something like this:

“Attention, officers. Be on the lookout for a jolly old subject. White beard, red suit, last seen with eight reindeer.”

Police say the faux broadcast is all in the spirit of the holiday season.

“It’s a simple way to comfort officers who are working during Christmas,” IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn said. “Santa Claus has evoked happiness and joy throughout history.”

It’s something, too, that journalists in local newsrooms surely smile about when they hear it over the police scanners.

Below are four of those broadcasts, courtesy of IMPD: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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