Nov 11 2013

Law Enforcement and Police Acronyms

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Learn what police acronyms meanLaw enforcement is famous not only for their acronyms, but the abundance of them.  Acronyms are simply an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of words, and may be pronounced as a word themselves.  Some acronyms are so well known you know them as brand names, while others you would not know they stood for something at all.  Many of the acronyms used in law enforcement become professional jargon, while confusing outside listeners.  Others are well known by all in the communities served.

When starting a law enforcement career you will begin to hear acronyms along with police jargon.  When beginning any law enforcement academy you will be immersed in them.  I’ve compiled a list of acronyms a police recruit or criminal justice student could run across while exploring the profession.  There are many acronyms associated with a municipal, county, or state agency that I did not list.  They could describe a unit, division, or program and may be exclusive to a region.  Leave a comment with acronyms from your agency or agencies around your area and I will include those I have neglected or didn’t know existed.

A&D – Armed and Dangerous

A&D – Arrest and Detain

AAFS – American Academy of Forensic Science

ABFO – American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO scale is a common photographic ruler that is “L” shaped and is 6” long on both arms)

ACP – Automatic Colt Pistol

ACSR – Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction

AD – Accidental Discharge

ADF – Adult Detention Facility

ADT – Atlantic Daylight Time

ADW – Assault with a Deadly Weapon

AED – Automated External Defibrillator

AELE – Americans for Effective Law Enforcement

AFIS – Automated Fingerprint Identification System

AG – Attorney General

AKA – Also Known As

AKDT – Alaska Daylight Time

AKST – Alaska Standard Time

ALS – Alternate Light Source

APB – All Points Bulletin

APC – Armored Personnel Carrier

ASD – Air Support Division (LAPD)

ASP – Arkansas State Police

ASP – Armament Systems and Procedures, Inc. (i.e. ASP baton).

AST – Alaska State Troopers

ATF – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATL – Attempt To Locate

B&E – Breaking and Entering

BAC – Blood Alcohol Content

BHI – Background History Investigation

BI – Background Investigation

BJA – Bureau of Justice Assistance

BOLO – Be On the Look Out

BOP – Bureau of Prisons (Department of Justice)

BSO – Broward Sheriff’s Office (FL) – third largest Sheriff’s agency in the U.S.

BSPA – Blood Stain Pattern Analysis

BSS – Behavioral Science Section

BW – Bench Warrant

BZP – Benzylpiperazine

CAD – Computer Aided Dispatch

CADCA – Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

CALEA® – The Commission of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies

CAPS – Chicago Alternative Police Strategy

CBOB – Congressional Badge of Bravery – Award passed by Congress in 2008 to honor exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officer.

CBRN – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear

CCL – Carry Concealed License

CCSPD – Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department (IL) – second largest Sheriff’s agency in the U.S.

CCW – Carry a Concealed Weapon

CDS – Controlled Dangerous Substance

CDT – Central Daylight Time

CEW – Conducted Energy Weapons

CF – Correctional Facility

CFR – Code of Federal Regulations

CHP – California Highway Patrol (CHiP)

CHRS – Criminal History Record Search

CI – Confidential Informant

CID – United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC or CID for short)

CIT – Crisis Intervention Team – Officers specially trained to interact with citizens with mental disabilities or mental challenges.  Started by the Memphis Police Department in 1986 and is now a national program.

CJ – Criminal Justice / County Jail

CJIS – Criminal Justice Information Services – Division of the FBI.  CJIS exchanges information with partners with technology and statistical services that span the criminal justice system.

CLEO – Chief Law Enforcement Officer

CLET – Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team

CLETS – California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System

CN – chloroacetophenone – pulmonary irritant – “tear gas”

CO – Commanding Officer / Corrections Officer

CODIS – Combined DNA Index System

CompStat – COMPuter STATistics or COMParative STATistics (NYPD)

COP – Community Oriented Policing

COPS – Community Oriented Policing Services

COPS – Concerns Of Police Survivors – C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984.  C.O.P.S. membership is over 30,000 families. Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.

CP – Command Post / Community Policing / Complaining Party

CPD – Chicago Police Department – Second largest police department in the U.S.

CPO – Civil Protection Order

CPP – Crime Prevention Program

CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

CPRC – Canadian Police Research Centre

CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

CRASH – Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums

CRT – Crime Response Team

CSP – Colorado State Police

CSP – Connecticut State Police

CST – Central Standard Time

CQC – Close Quarters Combat

CRASH - Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums

CS –  0-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (white powder) – pulmonary irritant – “tear gas”

CSI – Crime Scene Investigator / Investigation

CSU – Crime Scene Unit (NYPD)

CVSA – Computer Voice Stress Analyzer

D&D – Drunk and Disorderly

DA – District Attorney / Double Action

DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education

DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency

DHS – Department of Homeland Security

DHQ – Division Headquarters / Department Headquarters

DL – Driver’s License

DOA – Dead On Arrival

DOB – Date of Birth

DOC – Department of Corrections

DOJ – Department of Justice

DPOA – Detroit Police Officers’ Association

DPS – Department of Public Safety

DQ – Disqualified

DRE – Drug Recognition Expert

DRT – Dead Right There

DSP – Delaware State Police

DT – Defensive Tactics

DTI – Defensive Tactics Instructor

DUI – Driving Under the Influence

DV – Domestic Violence

DWI – Driving While Intoxicated

DWS – Drive While Suspended

EAP – Emergency Action Plan

EAS – Emergency Alert System (replacing EBS)

E/B – Eastbound (or EB)

EBS – Emergency Broadcast System (replaced by EAS)

ECD – Electronic Control Device (i.e. Tazer®)

ECGIA – East Coast Gang Investigators Association

ECL – East Curb Line

EDT – Eastern Daylight Time

EMT – Emergency Medical Technical

EOD – Explosive Ordinance Disposal (bomb squad)

EOW – End of Watch

EPIC – El Paso Intelligence Center (DEA)

ESU – Emergency Services Unit (NYPD)

ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival

EVOC – Emergency Vehicle Operator Course

FAMS – Federal Air Marshal Service

FATS® – Firearm Training Simulator

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency

FHP – Florida Highway Patrol

FI – Field Interview / Field Interrogation

FLETC – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (pronounced Flet-C)

FLEOA – Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association

FLIR – Forward-Looking Infrared

FMJ – Full Metal Jacket

FO – Field Office

FOIA – Freedom of Information Act

FOP – Fraternal Order of Police

FPS – Federal Protective Service / Feet Per Second

FSRC – Force Science Research Center

FST – Field Sobriety Test

FTA – Failure To Appear

FTD – Field Training Deputy

FTF – Failure to Feed / Failure to Fire

FTO – Field Training Officer

FTP – Failure to Pay

FTY – Failure to Yield

GBI – Great Bodily Injury

GFSZ – Gun Free School Zones

GHB – Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid – colorless and odorless date rape drug

GIS – Geographic Information Systems

GIU – Gang Intelligence Unit

GMT – Greenwich Mean Time is international time, the basis of the world time clock (AKA – Zulu Time)

GNND – Good Neighbor Next Door (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

GPS – Global Positioning System

GREAT – Gang Resistance Education And Training

GSP – Georgia State Patrol

GSR – Gunshot Residue

GSW – Gunshot Wound

GTA – Grand Theft Auto

H&R – Hit and Run

HADT – Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time

HAST – Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996)

HIS – Homeland Security Investigations

HNT – Hostage Negotiation Team

HNU – Hostage Negotiation Unit

HP – Highway Patrol

HP – Hollow Point

HRT – Hostage Rescue Team

I-AFIS – Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (operated by FBI)

IAB – Internal Affairs Bureau (or IA)

IACP – International Association of Chiefs of Police

IAD – Internal Affairs Division (or IA)

IAFIS – Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System – the U.S. criminal fingerprint identification system.

IAFN – International Association of Forensic Nurses

ICAC – Internet Crimes Against Children

ICAM – Information Collection for Automated Mapping – computer program used by the Chicago Police Department for crime mapping and analysis

ICAPT – International Center for Applied Policing and Training

IC3 – Internet Crime Complaint Center

ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement

ICP – Incident Command Post

ICS – Incident Command System

IHIA – International Homicide Investigators Association

III – Interstate Identification Index (Triple-I)

ILEETA – International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association

ILP – Intelligence-Led Policing

inCOP – Information Collection on Patrol

INL – Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (U.S. Department of State) – Advises the U.S. Government on development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime.

INTERPOL – International Criminal Police Organization

IO – Investigating Officer

IR – Incident Report / Infrared

IRT – Infrared Thermography

ISP – Idaho State Police

ISP – Illinois State Police

ISP – Indiana State Police

ISP – Iowa State Patrol

IST – In-Service Training

IUPA – International Union of Police Associations

JAG - Judge Advocate General Corp

JAG – Justice Assistance Grant

JDF – Juvenile Detention Facility

JOC – Joint Operation Center

JTTF – Joint Terrorism Task Force

K&A – Knock and Announce

KHP – Kansas Highway Patrol

KSP – Kentucky State Police

LAPD – Los Angeles Police Department – third largest police department in the U.S.

LAPPL – Los Angeles Police Protective League

LASD – Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (CA) – largest Sheriff’s agency in the U.S.

LC – Long Colt

LE – Law Enforcement

LEDS/LEADS – Law Enforcement (Agencies) Data System

LEEPS – Law Enforcement Exchange Program

LEERN – Law Enforcement Emergency Radio Network

LEFG – Law Enforcement Forecasting Group – Helps the Bureau of Justice Assistance anticipate emerging crime trends and identify developments in tactics/technologies.  Composed of law enforcement executives and criminal justice researchers.

LEISS – Law Enforcement Information Sharing Service – Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

LEMAS – Law Enforcement Management & Administrative Statistics

LEO – Law Enforcement Officer

LEO – Law Enforcement On-line – System that provides a protected means for sharing information with regional law enforcement agencies.

LEOSA – Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (2004) – United States federal law that allows two classes of persons – the “qualified law enforcement officer” and the “qualified retired law enforcement officer” – to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States (w/ certain exceptions).

LEXS – Law Enforcement Information Sharing Program Exchange Specification – developed to translate information shared among different law enforcement systems into a common format.

LF – Left Front

LKA – Last Known Address

LLEBG – Local Law Enforcement Block Grant

LOP – Lack of Prosecution

LPN – License Plate Number

LPR – License Plate Recognition

LR – Left Rear / Long Rifle

LSD – Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (AKA “acid”)

LSP – Louisiana State Police

LSW – Last Seen Wearing

LWP – Life Without Parole

M&P – Military & Police

MAIS – Major Accident Investigation Section (Chicago Police Department)

MC – Motorcycle

MC CID – United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division

MCT – Mobile Computer Terminal

MDMA – “ecstasy” (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine)

MDPV – Methylenedioxypyrovalerone

MDSP – Maryland State Police

MDT – Mobile Data Terminal

ME – Medical Examiner

MEDEVAC – Medical Evacuation

MHP – Mississippi Highway Patrol

MHP – Montana Highway Patrol

MMPI®-2 – Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory®-2 – Psychological evaluation used by many law enforcement agencies for employment.

MO – Modus Operandi (Latin for method of operation)

MP – Military Police / Missing Person

MPH – Miles Per Hour

MSHP – Missouri State Highway Patrol

MSP – Michigan State Police

MSP – Minnesota State Patrol

MVA – Motor Vehicle Accident

NA – Not Applicable / No Answer / Not Available

NAGIA – National Alliance of Gang Investigators’ Associations

NAGIS – Narcotics and Gang Investigation Section (Chicago Police Department)

NamUS – National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (Department of Justice)

NAPO – National Association of Police Organizations

N/B – Northbound (or NB)

NBC – Nuclear, Biological, Chemical

NCIC – National Crime Information Center

NCIS – Naval Criminal Investigative Service

NCL – North Curb Line

NCO – Noncommissioned Officer

NCSHP – North Carolina State Highway Patrol

NCVS – National Crime Victimization Survey

NDHP – North Dakota Highway Patrol

NGIC – National Gang Intelligence Center (FBI)

NHP – Nevada Highway Patrol

NHSP – New Hampshire State Police

NIA – Non-Injury Accident

NIJ – National Institute of Justice

NIMS – National Incident Management System (FEMA)

NLETS – National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System

NMSP – New Mexico State Police

NOAA OLE – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement

NOBLE – National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives

NSA – National Sheriffs’ Association

NSP – Nebraska State Patrol

NTA – Notice To Appear

NVAWS – National Violence Against Women Survey

NW3C – National White Collar Crime Center

NYPD – New York Police Department – Largest police department in the U.S.

NYSP – New York State Police

OAN – Owner Applied Number

OC – Oleoresin Capsicum (“OC spray”; pepper spray)

OCCB – Organized Crime Control Bureau (New York Police Department)

OCD – Organized Crime Division (Chicago Police Department)

OCID – Organized Crime Intelligence Division

OCP – Office of the Chief of Police

OD – OverDose / Off-Duty

OHP – Oklahoma Highway Patrol

OIC – Officer In Charge

OIS – Officer-Involved Shooting

OJJDP – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

OLN – Operators License Number

OPP – Ontario Provincial Police

OR – Own Recognizance (no bail); Operating Room

OSHP – Ohio State Highway Patrol

OSP – Oregon State Police

OT – Overtime / Overturned (also O/T)

OWI – Operating While Intoxicated

PAL – Police Athletic League

PAT – Physical Agility Test

PBA – Policemen’s Benevolent Association

PBT – Preliminary Breath Test

PC – Probable Cause (a legal standard of proof; greater than reasonable suspicion)

PC – Penal Code

PCP – Phencyclidine (angel dust)

PCR – Physical Conflict Resolution (defensive tactics system)

PD – Police Department

PERF – Police Executive Research Forum

PFA – Protection From Abuse (court order)

PFC – Police and Fire Commission

PFS – Protection From Stalking (court order)

PHI – Personal History Information

PHS – Personal History Statement

PHQ – Personal History Questionnaire

PI – Private Investigator

PIT – Pursuit Intervention Technique – PIT maneuver

PO – Parole Officer / Probation Officer / Police Officer

POB – Place of Birth

POE – Point of Entry

POI – Person of Interest / Point of Impact

POP – Problem Oriented Policing

POR – Point of Rest

POST – Peace Officer Standards and Training

POST – Police Officer Selection Test

PPCS – Police Public Contact Survey

PPCT – Pressure Point Control Tactics (defensive tactics system)

PPD – Philadelphia Police Department

PPE – Personnel Protective Equipment

PSO – Public Safety Officer

PSP – Pennsylvania State Police

PT – Physical Training

PTO – Police/Patrol Training Officer

PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PU – Pick-Up Truck or Pick-Up (also (P/U)

PV – Parole Violation

QI – Qualified Immunity

QLEO – Qualified Law Enforcement Officer (see LEOSA)

QRLEO – Qualified Retired Law Enforcement Officer (see LEOSA)

QRT – Quick Response Team

RAP – Record of Arrests and Prosecutions (i.e. RAP sheet)

RCFL – Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory

REACT - Rapid Response Enforcement And CounterTerrorism

RF – Right Front

RHD – Robbery Homicide Division

RISP – Rhode Island State Police

RISS – Regional Information Sharing Systems – program sponsored by the DOJ that supports law enforcement efforts to combat illegal identity theft, drug trafficking, violent crime, terrorist activity, human trafficking, and to promote officer safety.

RISSNET™ – A secure intranet operated by RISS.  Over 102,000 local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement personnel have access.

RO – Registered Owner

ROF – Rate Of Fire (also RoF)

ROW – Right of Way

RP – Reporting Party/Reporting Parent

RR – Right Rear

RUVIS – Reflective Ultra Violet Imaging Systems

S/B – Southbound (or SB)

S/N – Serial Number

S&R – Search and Rescue (also SAR)

S&W – Smith & Wesson

SA – State’s Attorney

SAC – Special Agent in Charge (FBI)

SAEE – Special Agent Entrance Exam

SAPD – San Antonio Police Department

SCHP – South Carolina Highway Patrol

SCL – South Curb Line

SCU – Street Crimes Unit (NYPD)

SD – Sheriff’s Department

SDHP – South Dakota Highway Patrol

SHR – Supplementary Homicide Reports (FBI)

SMT – Scars, Marks, Tattoos

S/O – Sheriff’s Office (or SO)

SP – State Police or State Patrol

SPI – Structured Panel Interview

SRO – School Resource Officer

SRS – Secondary Restraint System

SSN – Social Security Number

SWAT – Special Weapons And Tactics / Special Weapons Assault Team

TA – Traffic Accident

TASER – Developer Jack Cover originally named the TASER after a boyhood hero Tom Swift.  Derived from the book Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle, by Victor Appleton (Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle).

TC – Traffic Collision

THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of the cannabis plant (marijuana)

THP – Tennessee Highway Patrol

TLE – Tactical Law Enfocement

TMJ – Total Metal Jacket

TOD – Time of Death

TPS – Tactical Police System

TRAD – Taser Remote Area Denial (TASER Shockwave)

TRP – Tactical Response Pistol

TWOC – Taken Without Owners Consent

TxDPS – Texas Department of Public Safety

UAC – Unified Area Commander

UC – Under Cover

UCMJ – Uniform Code of Military Justice

UCR – Uniform Crime Report

UFED – Universal Forensic Extraction Device

UHP – Utah Highway Patrol

US&R – Urban Search and Rescue

USA – United State Army

USAF – United States Air Force

USC – United States Code

USCG – United States Coast Guard

USCP – United States Capital Police

USDOJ – United States Department of Justice

USF&W – United States Fish and Wildlife

USMC – United States Marine Corps

USN – United States Navy

USPS – United States Postal Service

UTL – Unable To Locate

VC – Vehicle Code

VIN – Vehicle Identification Number

VIPS – Volunteers In Police Service

VSP – Virginia State Police

W/B – Westbound (or WB)

WCL – West Curb Line

WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction

WHP – Wyoming Highway Patrol

WSP – Wisconsin State Patrol

WVSP – West Virginia State Police

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