Just The Facts, Ma’am: Everything You Want To Know About “Adam-12”

“Adam” Isn’t Actually A Character

The “one” in “One Adam-12” represented the area of the division they were stationed in. “Adam” was cop slang for a two-man patrol car, and “12” stood for the area they patrolled. Since the unit was shown working in Rampart Division, the actual call sign should have been 2-Adam-12; “one” was the code for the Central Division in downtown L.A.