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A

ABC
 Activity Based Costing
 
ABH
 Actual Bodily Harm
 
ACC(O)
 Assistant Chief Constable (Operations)
 
ACC(OS)
 Assistant Chief Constable (Operations Support)
 
ACC(P)
 Assistant Chief Constable (Personnel)
 
ACPO
 Association of Chief Police Officers
 
ACU
 Area Crime Unit
 
AFO
 Authorised Firearms Officer
 
AFR
 Automatic Fingerprint Recognition
 
ANPR
 Automatic Number Plate Recognition
 
APA
 Association of Police Authorities
 
APS
 Accelerated Promotion Scheme
 
APSG
 Accelerated Promotion Scheme for Graduates
 
ARV
 Armed Response Vehicle
 
A/S
 Arrest/Summons
 
ASBO
 Anti-Social Behaviour Order
 
ASP
 Type of police baton
 
ASU
 Administrative Support Unit or Air Support Unit

 

B

BCU
 Basic Command Unit
 
BEM
 Business Excellence ModeL
 
BAPA
 Black and Asian Police Association
 
BTP
 British Transport Police
 
BV
 Best Value
 
BVPI
 Best Value Performance Indicator

 

C

CC

  Chief Constable
 
CCR
 County Communication Room
 
CCRC
 Criminal Cases Review Commission
 
CDIB
 Central Data Input Bureau
 
CDRP
 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership 
 
Ch Insp or CI
 Chief Inspector
 
CHIS
 Covert Human Intelligence Source
 
Ch/Supt
 Chief Superintendent
 
CICB
 Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
 
CID
 Criminal Investigation Department
 
CB
 Crime Bureau
 
CIS
 Criminal Information System
 
CJA
 Criminal Justice Act
 
CJPO
 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
 
CJSU
 Criminal Justice Support Unit
 
CJU
 Criminal Justice Unit
 
COM
 Chief Officers Meeting
 
CPIA
 Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
 
CPS
 Crown Prosecution Service
 
CPT
 Child Protection Team
 
CS
 2-chlorobenzylidene malonontrile - incapacitant spray used by police forces
 
CSI
 Crime Scene Investigator
 
CSU
 Community Safety Unit
 
CTO
 Central Ticket Office

 

D

DAT

  Drug Action Team
 
DC
 Detective Constable
 
DCC
 Deputy Chief Constable
 
DCI
 Detective Chief Inspector
 
D Ch Supt
 Detective Chief Superintendent
 
Det Supt
 Detective Superintendent
 
DELPHI
 Personnel Computer System
 
DEO
 Detention and Escort Officer
 
DI
 Detective Inspector
 
DMT
 Department Management Team
 
DNA
 Deoxyribonucleic acid
 
DO
 Damage Only
 
DPA
 Data Protection Act
 
DPP
 Director of Public Prosecutions
 
DRS
 Driver Rectification Scheme
 
DS
 Detective Sergeant
 
DVLA
 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
 
DVLC
 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre
 
DVU
 Domestic Violence Unit
 
DVLO
 Domestic Violence Liaison Officer

 

E

ECHR
 European Court of Human Rights
 
EFQM

  European Foundation for Quality Management

 

F

FIB
 Force Intelligence Bureau
 
FIC
 Firearms Incident Commander
 
FIDO
 Field Intelligence Development Officer
 
FIO
 Field Intelligence Officer
 
FIU
 Force Intelligence Unit
 
FLO
 Family Liaison Officer
 
FMB
 Force Management Board
 
FMO
 Force Medical Officer
 
FN
 Fingerprint Number
 
FOI/A
 Freedom of Information / Act 2000
 
FPN
 Fixed Penalty Notice
 
FPU
 Family Protection Unit
 
FSS
 Forensic Science Service

 

G

GBH

  Grievous Bodily Harm
 
GIS
 Geographic Information System
 
GPD
 General Police Duties
 
GWM
 Good Work Minute (recognition of good work)

 

H

HAZCHEM

  Hazardous Chemical
 
HGV
 Heavy Goods Vehicle
 
HMCE
 Her Majesty's Customs and Excise
 
HMIC
 Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary
 
HO
 Home Office
 
HOLAB
 Home Office Laboratory
 
HOLMES/ HOLMES II
 Home Office Large Major Enquiry System - Police Major Crime Investigation computer system
 
HORT
 Home Office Road Traffic Form
 
HRA
 Human Rights Act 1998

 

I

ICPO

  International Criminal Police Organisation
 
ICT
 Information and Communications Technology
 
IFN
 Information Force Network
 
IIMU
 Incident and Intelligence Management Unit
 
IIP
 Investors in People
 
ILP
 Intelligence Led Policing
 
Insp
 Inspector
 
IO
 Investigating Officer
 
IP
 Injured Party
 
IPCC
 Independent Police Complaints Commission
 
IPA
 International Police Association
 
IRB
 Incident Report Book

 

J

 

JBB

  Joint Branch Board
 
JCC
 Joint Central Committee
 
JIC
 Joint Intelligence Co-ordinator
 
JIG
 Joint Intelligence Group
 
JNCC
 Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee

 

K

KPI

  Key Performance Indicator

 

L

LAGPA
 Lesbian and Gay Police Association (now the Gay Police Association)
 
LIO
 Local Intelligence Officer

 

M

MCTF
 Major Crime Task Force
 
MET
 Metropolitan Police
 
MIR
 Major Incident Room
 
MISPER
 Missing Person
 
MO
 Modus Operandi (Method of Operation)

 

N

NAFIS

  National Automatic Fingerprint Identification System
 
NAI
 Non-Accidental Injury
 
NARPO
 National Association of Retired Police Officers
 
NCF
 National Crime Faculty
 
NCIS
 National Criminal Intelligence Service
 
NCPE
 National Centre for Policing Excellence
 
NCS
 National Crime Squad
 
NFA
 No Further Action
 
NFIU
 National Football Intelligence Unit
 
NIM
 National Intelligence Model
 
NMIS
 National Management Information System
 
NPT
 National Police Training
 
NSPIS
 National Strategy for Police Information Systems
 
NSY
 New Scotland Yard

 

O

OASIS
 Operational and Support Information System
 
OIC

  Officer in Charge or Officer in Case
 
OIDD
 Organisational Intelligence and Development Department
 
OIS
 Operational Information System
 
OSPRE
 Objective Structured Performance Related Examination - Police promotion examination
 
OSU
 Operational Support Unit

 

P

PACE
 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
 
PAVS
 Public Access and Visibility Strategy
 
PC
 Police Constable
 
PCA
 Police Complaints Authority
 
PCSO
 Police Community Support Officer
 
PCV
 Passenger Carrying Vehicle
 
PI
 Performance Indicator
 
PICS
 Post Incident Colleague Supporter
 
PII
 Public Interest Immunity
 
PIR
 Police Initial Recruitment Test
 
PITO
 Police Information Technology Organisation
 
PM
 Post Mortem
 
PMAS
 Police Mutual Assurance Society
 
PMDR
 Performance Management and Development Review
 
PNB
 Police Negotiating Board or Pocket Note Book
 
PNC
 Police National Computer
 
PNN2
 Criminal Justice Network
 
POLAC
 Police Vehicle Accident
 
PPAF
 Police Performance Assessment Framework
 
PPS
 Policy and Procedures System
 
PS
 Police Sergeant
 
PSDB
 Police Scientific Development Branch
 
PSU
 Police Support Unit
 
PSV
 Public Service Vehicle
 
PTC
 Police Training Centre
 
PUM
 Performance Update Meeting
 
PV
 Personnel Reference Search Screen on the Operational Information System

 

Q

QPM
 Queen's Police Medal or Quality and Performance Management

 

R

RIPA
 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
 
ROTI
 Record of Taped Interview
 
ROVI
 Record of Video Interview
 
RSO
 Registered Sex Offender or Road Safety Officer
 
RTA
 Road Traffic Accident or Road Traffic Act 1988
 
RTC
 Road Traffic Collision
 

S

SB
 Special Branch
 
SC
 Special Constable
 
SCC
 Senior Command Course
 
Sgt
 Sergeant
 
SIG
 Street Index Gazetteer
 
SIO
 Senior Investigating Officer
 
SLA
 Service Level Agreement
 
SOCO
 Scenes of Crime Officer
 
SOG
 Special Operations Group
 
SOP
 Standard Operating Procedures
 
SSS
 Service Support Standard
 
SSU
 Scientific Support Unit
 
Supt
 Superintendent

 

T

TA
 Tactical Advisor
 
TAG
 Tactical Aid Group
 
TDO
 Training Development Officer
 
TFU
 Tactical Firearms Unit
 
TIC
 Taken into Consideration
 
TSU
 Technical Support Unit

 

U

UM
 Unsolicited Message

 

V

VASCAR
 Visual Average Speed Camera and Recorder - speed detection device used by police forces
 
VDRS
 Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme
 
VIPER
 Video Identification Parade Electronic Recording
 
VRM
 Vehicle Registration Mark
 
VODS
 Vehicle On-line Descriptive Search
 
VSS
 Victim Support Scheme

 

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Y

YOT
 Youth Offending Team

 

Z