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Abbreviations list

This section has been included to help you understand some of the many abbreviations we use in our work, day-to-day. Like most walks of life, we use these regularly and get to know what they mean, but we try not to use 'jargon' when talking to you. However, you will find many of these in documentation and on the web site, in reports and statements. Use this easy to use guide to find out what they actually mean.

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A
A30 Internal Memorandum
AA Automobile Association
ABH Actual Bodily Harm
ABI Association of British Insurers
AC Alternating Current
ACC Assistant Chief Constable
ACC (SO) Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations)
ACC(TO) Assistant Chief Constable (Territorial Operations)
ACPO Association of Chief Police Officers
ADAS Agricultural Development and Advisory Service
ADR European Agreement concerning the international carriage of Dangerous goods by Road
A&E Accident and Emergency
AEAC Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary
AFO Authorised Firearms Officer
AFR Automatic Fingerprint Recognition
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIO All in order
AIU Accident Investigation Unit
AMB Ambulance
ANPR Automatic Number Plate Reader
APS Acting Police Sergeant or Accelerated Promotion Scheme
APSG Accelerated Promotion Scheme for Graduates
ARO Authorised Recovery Operator (force recovery scheme)
ARV Armed Response Vehicle
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASBO Anti-Social Behaviour Order
ASW Approved Social Worker
ATC Air Traffic Control
ATS Automated Traffic Signal
AV Anti-Virus
AWOL Absent Without Leave

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B
BA British Airways
BAPCO British Association of Public Safety Communication Officers
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
BC Basic Check
BCU Basic Command Unit
BEM British Empire Medal
BNFL British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.
BOP Breach of the Peace
BST British Summer Time
BT British Telecom
BTP British Transport Police
BVPI Best Value Performance Indicator

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C
CAA Civil Aviation Authority
CBE Commander of the (Order of the) British Empire
CC Chief Constable
CCAOU Central Counties Air Operations Unit
CCTV Closed Circuit Television
CD Compact Disc
CDU Central Data Unit
CHEMSAFE Chemical industry Scheme for Assistance in Freight Emergencies
CHIS Covert Human Intelligence Source
CI Chief Inspector
CIA Chemical Industries Association
CICB Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
CID Criminal Intelligence Department
CJA Criminal Justice Act
CJSD Criminal Justice Support Department
CJX Criminal Justice Network see also PNN2
COI Central Office of Information
COMAH Control of Major Accident Hazards
COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations
CPA Crime Pattern Analysis or Child Protection Agency
CPIA Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
CPIS Computerised Personnel Information System
CPO Crime Prevention Officer
CPS Crown Prosecution Service
CPU Child Protection Unit
CRIMES Crime Recording Information Management Enquiry System
CRO Criminal Records Office
CROP Covert Rural Observation Point
CRUSE (Voluntary organisation for the counselling of the bereaved)
CS(i) Chief Superintendent
CS(ii) (Incapacitating Spray)
CSP Communications Service Providers
CSR Confidential Source Register
CTC Counter Terrorist Check
CTO Central Ticket Office

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D
DAFS Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland
DAO Divisional Administration Officer
DC(i) Detective Constable
DC(ii) Direct Current
DCC Deputy Chief Constable
D/Chief Supt Detective Chief Superintendent
DCI Detective Chief Inspector
DDI Direct Dial Inward
DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (was MAFF)
DESC Description
DETR Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions
DHQ Division Headquarters
DI Detective Inspector
DISQ Disqualified
DIV Division
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
DOB Date of Birth
DoF Director of Finance
DORM Divisional Operations Room Manager
DPO Divisional Personnel Officer
DPP Director of Public Prosecutions
DS Detective Sergeant
D/Supt Detective Superintendent
DSS Department of Social Security
DTLR Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
DV Developed Vetting
DVLA Driving Vehicle Licensing Authority
DVLC Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre

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E
EBU European Broadcasting Union
EC European Community
ECHR European Convention on Human Rights
ECU European Currency Unit now the Euro (€)
EEA European Economic Area
EEC European Economic Community
EMDS Electronic Messaging Delivery Service
EO Equal Opportunities
ETA Expected Time of Arrival
EU European Union

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F
FARS Fire and Rescue Service
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigations
FBO Football Banning Order
FBOA Football Banning Order Authority
FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office
FCR Force Control Room
FCS Force Crime Squad
FIB Force Intelligence Bureau
FICCS Fully Integrated Communication Control System
FIO Field Intelligence Officer
FLO Football Liaison Officer or Family Liaison Officer
FLO(T) Family Liaison Officer (Traffic)
FOI Freedom of Information
FPN Fixed Penalty Notice
FPP Force Policy and Procedure
FSS Forensic Science Service
F/T Full-time

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G
GBH Grievous Bodily Harm
GIS Graphical information System
GP General Practitioner
GMT Greenwich Mean Time
GSE Global Security Environment
GSM (Mobile phone standard in Europe)
GTA Government Technical Adviser
GU Genito-Urinary (clinic)

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H
HA Highways Agency
HAZCHEM HAZardous CHEMicals
HGV Heavy Goods Vehicle
HMCE Her Majesty's Customs and Excise
HMIC Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies
HMP Her Majesty's Prison
HMSO Her Majesty's Stationery Office
HO Home Office
HoD Head of Department
HOLAB Home Office Laboratory form
HOLMES/ HOLMES II (Computer system for major incidents)
HOPD Home Office Prison Department
HOPF Home Office Police Force
HO/RT Prefix to various forms relating to road traffic collisions and the production of driving documents
HQ Headquarters
HSE Health and Safety Executive

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I
ICPO International Criminal Police Organisation
ICRP International Commission on Radiological Protection
ICT Information, Communications and Technology
ICU Information Compliance Unit
ICM Information Compliance Manager
ID Identification
ILET International Liaison and Enquiry Team
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods
IND Immigration and Nationality Directorate
Insp Inspector
Info Information
IO Investigating Officer
IP Injured Party or Person (not necessarily of violence)
IPA International Police Association
IPCC Independent Police Complaints Commission
IPTF International Police Task Force
IPU International Police Unit
IPA International Police Association
IPTF International Police Task Force
IPU International Police Unit
ISO Information Security Officer
ISTD Information Systems and Technology Department
IT Information Technology
ITV Independent Television

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J
JNCC Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee

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K
KH Keyholder
KILO CAR Divisional Fast Response Vehicle

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L
LGV Light Goods Vehicle
LIO Local Intelligence Officer

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M
MAFF Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now DEFRA)
MARS Manpower and Resource Scheduling (duty management system)
MBE Member of the (Order of the) British Empire
MDP Ministry of Defence Police
MIBK Methyl Iso-butyl Ketone
MIR Major Incident Room
MIRSAP Major Incident Room Standard Admin Procedures
MISPER Missing Person
MO Modus Operandi
MOD Ministry of Defence
MODACE Management of Disaster and Civil Emergency
MOT Ministry of Transport test
MP Member of Parliament
MSV Millisievert (radiation measurement: 1 thousandth of a sievert)
MSX Message Switch
MV Motor Vehicle

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N
N/A Not Applicable
NaBIS National Ballistics Intelligence Service
NACRO National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders
NAFIS National Automatic Fingerprint Identification System
NARPO National Association of Retired Police Officers
NASS National Asylum Support Service
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
NCF National Crime Faculty
NCIS National Criminal Intelligence Service
NCS National Crime Squad
NDNAD National DNA Database
NFA No Further Action or No Fixed Abode
NFIU National Football Intelligence Unit
NHS National Health Service
NHW Neighbourhood Watch
NI National Insurance
NIB National Identification Bureau
NIHHS Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances
No. Number
NSPCC National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
NSPIS National Strategy for Police Information Systems
NSY New Scotland Yard
NVC Non Verbal Communication
NVQ National Vocational Qualification

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O
Obs Observations
ODU Organisational Development Unit
OGC Office of Government Commerce
OIC Officer in Charge or Officer in the Case
OIC Officer in Charge or Officer in the Case
OIS Operational Information System
OHSD Occupational Health and Safety Department
OJEC Official Journal of the European Communities

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P
PA Police Authority
PACE Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
PAYE Pay as You Earn
PC Police Constable
PCA Police Complaints Authority
PCCG Police Community Consultative Group
PDO Potentially Dangerous Offender
PDR Personal Development Review
PEACE Prepare/planning, Engage & explain, Account. Closure, Evaluation
PHOENIX Names Application within PNC
PII Public Interest Immunity
PIMS Performance Information Management System or Police Information Management System
PIN Personal Identification Number
PITO Police Information Technology Organisation
PM Post Mortem
PMAS Police Mutual Assurance Society
PNC Police National Computer
PNLD Police National Legal Database
PNN2 Criminal Justice Network See Also CJX
POC Point of Contact
PoliS Police Information System - alternative name for OIS
POLNET (Pre-Windows IT network)
POLSA Police Search Advisor
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PS Police Sergeant
PSD(i) Professional Standards Department
PSD(ii) Public Service Desk
PSDB Police Scientific Development Branch
PSRCP Public Safety Radio Communications Project
PST (Computer file suffix)
PSU Police Support Unit
PTI Physical Training Instructor

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Q
QGM Queen's Gallantry Medal
QPM Queen's Police Medal

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R
RAC Royal Automobile Club
RAF Royal Air Force
RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
RIPA Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
ROSPA Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
RSI Roadside Interview or Repetitive Strain Injury
RSPB Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
RSPCA Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals
RTC Road Traffic Collision

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S
SB Special Branch
SIGMA Telephone Call Logging Software
SIM (Mobile phone card)
SIO Senior Investigating Officer
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLP Self-Loading Pistol
SOC Scenes of Crime
SOCO Scenes of Crime Officer
SOER Scottish Office Emergency Room
SPOC Single Point of Contact
SSD Scientific Support Department
SSL Secure Socket Layer
SSM Support Service Manager
Sv Sievert (radiation measurement)
SYOPS Guidance & Instructions for Information Security

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T
TCG Tasking and Coordinating Group
TIC Taken into Consideration
TIE Trace, Interview and Eliminate
TOA Time of Arrival
TOD Time of Departure
TSG Traffic Support Group
TSU Technical Support Unit
TWOC Taking without Consent

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U
UDT Unarmed Defensive Tactic
UHF Ultra High Frequency
UK United Kingdom
UKCA United Kingdom Central Authority
UKPIA United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association
UN United Nations
UNISON Civilian workers' union
URN Unique Reference Number
uSv Microsievert (radiation measurement: 1 millionth of a sievert)
UV Ultra-Violet

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V
VASCAR Visual Average Speed Camera And Recorder
VAT Value Added Tax
VCE Vapour Cloud Explosion
VDRS Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme
VEL Vehicle Excise Licence
VHF Very High Frequency
VHS Video Home System
VIP Very Important Person
VODS Vehicle On-line Descriptive Search
VRF Volunteer Reserve Forces
VRM Vehicle Registration Mark

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W
WDA Waste Disposal Authority
WM Wanted Missing
WMC West Mercia Constabulary
WRVS Women's Royal Volunteer Service

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Y
YOT Youth Offending Team

Z

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