A1 Station code for Chester Police Station

A2 Station code for Ellesmere Port Police Station

A3 Station code for Congleton and Vale Royal Division

AA Automobile Association

ABH Actual Bodily Harm

ABI Association of British Insurers

ACC Assistant Chief Constable

ACPO Association of Chief Police Officers

ACR Automated Crime Recording

ACS Access Control System

ADAS Agricultural Development and Advisory Service

ADP Automatic Data Processing

ADR European Agreement concerning the international carriage of Dangerous goods by Road

ADS Accredited Document Set

A&E Accident and Emergency

AEA Approved Enforcement Agency

AEAC Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary

AFO Authorised Firearms Officer

AFR Automatic Fingerprint Recognition

AGR Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor

AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AIS(M) Military Aeronautical Information Service

AIU Accident Investigation Unit

AJD Administration of Justice Department (now Criminal Justice Unit)

ALO Architectural Liaison Officer

ALTARIS (Command and control room system. Took over from HORIS)

ANPR Automatic Number Plate Reader

APS Acting Police Sergeant or Accelerated Promotion Scheme

APSG Accelerated Promotion Scheme for Graduates

ARC Alarm Receiving Centre

ARCC Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre

ARV Armed Response Vehicle

A/S Arrest/Summons

ASBO Anti-Social Behaviour Order

ASP (Police baton)

ASU Air Support Unit, Admin Support Unit or Area Support Unit

ASW Approved Social Worker

ATC Air Traffic Control

ATRO Area Training and Recruitment Officer

ATS Automated Traffic Signal

AV Anti-Virus

B1/B4 Station Code for Halton Division (Runcorn and Widnes)

B2/B3 Station Code for Warrington Division

BA British Airways

BAPCO British Association of Public Safety Communication Officers

BAPS Business and Property Services

BASICS British Association of Immediate Care Schemes

BBC British Broadcasting Corporation

BC Basic Check

BCU Basic Command Unit

BEM British Empire Medal

BLEVE Boiling Liquid Expansion Vapour Explosion

BNFL British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.

BOTIAD Burglary in Building other than Dwelling

BPA British Pipeline Agency or Black Police Association

BST British Summer Time

BT British Telecom

BTP British Transport Police

BVPI Best Value Performance Indicator

BVRLA British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

C1 Station Code for Macclesfield Police Station

C2 Station Code for Wilmslow Police Station

C3 Station Code for Crewe Police Station

CAA Civil Aviation Authority

CAM Community Action Meeting

CBE Commander of the (Order of the) British Empire

CCC Central Command Complex or Cheshire County Council

CCRB Centralised Crime Recording Bureau

CCTV Closed Circuit Television

CCU Computer Crime Unit

CD Compact Disc

CDO Civilian Detention Officer

CDRCP Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership

CDU Corporate Development Unit

CEFIC European Chemical Industry Association

CEO Court Enforcement Officer

CESC Central Emergency Support Centre

CESG Communication-Electronics Security Group

CGT Criminal Geographic Targeting

CHEMSAF CHEMical industry Scheme for Assistance in Freight Emergencies

CHC Call Handling Centre (central Unit to manage operational calls)

CHIS Covert Human Intelligence Source

CI Chief Inspector

CIA Chemical Industries Association

CICB Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

CID Criminal Intelligence Department

CIMAH Control of Industrial Major Accident

CIS Criminal Investigation System

CIU Crash Investigation Unit

CJA Criminal Justice Act

CJU Criminal Justice Unit

CJX Criminal Justice Network see also PNN2

CLI Call Line Identification

CMB Call Management Bureau (where calls to police are taken)

CMD Case Management Department

CMU Crime Management Unit

CNCD Consignment Note and Customs Declaration

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

CPO Crime Prevention Officer

CPS Crown Prosecution Service

CPT Child Protection Team

CRB Crime Reporting Bureau

CRE Commission for Racial Equality

CRI Central Research Incident

CRPU Central Roads Policing Unit

CRO Criminal Records Office

CROP Covert Rural Observation Point

CRR Community and Race Relations

CRUSE Voluntary organisation for the counselling of the bereaved

CS Incapacitating Spray

CSI Crime Scene Investigator

CSP Communications Service Providers

CSO Community Support Officer

CSU Crime Service Unit

CTO Central Ticket Office

CTS Counter Terrorist Search

CVRS Contract Vehicle Recovery Scheme

CYP Children and Young Persons

DAF Data Acquisition Facility

DAFS Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland

DAT Drug Action Team

DCC Deputy Chief Constable

DCI Detective Chief Inspector

DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DETR Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions

DHQ Division Headquarters

DI Detective Inspector

DIC Drunk in Charge

DMU Demand Management Unit

DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid

DOB Date of Birth

DP Detained Person

DPP Director of Public Prosecutions

DRS Driver Rectification Scheme

DSA Display Screen Assessor

DSS Department of Social Security

DTLR Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

DV Developed Vetting

DVI Disaster Victim Identification

DVLA Driving Vehicle Licensing Authority

DVLC Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre

EBU European Broadcasting Union

EC European Community

ECHR European Convention on Human Rights

ECU European Currency Unit now the Euro or Economic Crime Unit

EEA European Economic Area

EEC European Economic Community

EG Evidence Gathering

EGT Evidence Gathering Team

EHO Environmental Health Officer

EMDS Electronic Messaging Delivery Service

EO Equal Opportunities

ETA Expected Time of Arrival

ETD Emergency Travel Document

EVA Environmental Visual Audit

EX Exhibit

FBI Federal Bureau of Investigations

FBO Football Banning Order

FBOA Football Banning Order Authority

FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FEO Firearms Enquiry Officer

FIB Force Intelligence Bureau

FIO Field Intelligence Officer

FIU Force Intelligence Unit or Football Intelligence Unit

FLC Family Liaison Co-ordinator

FLO Football Liaison Officer or Family Liaison Officer

FME Forensic Medical Examiner

FMIT Force Major Investigation Team

FMU File Management Unit

FOI Freedom of Information

FP Found Property

FPN Fixed Penalty Notice

FPT Fingerprint

FSM Firearms Scene Manager

FSS Forensic Science Service

FSSL Forensic Science Service Laboratory

FSU Force Support Unit

F/T Full-time

FWTO Force Weapons Training Officer

GBH Grievous Bodily Harm

GP General Practitioner

GMT Greenwich Mean Time

GSE Global Security Environment

GSM Mobile phone standard in Europe

HA Highways Agency


HGV Heavy Goods Vehicle

HMCE Her Majesty's Customs and Excise

HMCG Her Majesty's Coast Guard

HMG Her Majesty's Government

HMIC Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies

HMP Her Majesty's Prison

HMSO Her Majesty's Stationary Office

HO Home Office

HOLAB Home Office Laboratory form

HOLMES/HOLMES II Computer system for major incidents

HOPD Home Office Prison Department

HOPF Home Office Police Force

HQ Headquarters

HSC Health and Safety Commission

HSE Health and Safety Executive

HSU Hampshire Surveillance Unit

ICPO International Criminal Police Organisation

ICRP International Commission on Radiological Protection

ICT Information, Communications and Technology

ICVA Independent Custody Visitors Association

ID Identification

IED Improvised Explosive Device

ILB Inflatable Life Boat

ILET International Liaison and Enquiry Team

IMD Information Management Department

IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods

IND Immigration and Nationality Directorate

IO Investigating Officer

IPA International Police Association

IPLDP Initial Police Learning Development Programme

IPR Intellectual Property Rights

IPTF International Police Task Force

IPU International Police Unit

IRR Ionising Radiation Regulations

ISO Information Security Officer

IT Information Technology

ITV Independent Television

JAG Joint Action Group (DRUGS)

JBB Joint Branch Board

JCC Joint Central Committee

JNCC Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee

LAGLO Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer

LAGPA Lesbian and Gay Police Association

LATCC London Air Traffic Control Centre

LEA Local Education Authority

LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered

LGC Laboratory of the Government Chemist

LGV Light Goods Vehicle

LIO Local Intelligence Officer

LMC Lorry Mounted Crane

LU London Underground

MACC Military Aid to the Civil Community

MAFF Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

MAIB Marine Accident Investigation Branch

MBE Member of the (Order of the) British Empire

MCA Maritime & Coastguard Agency

MCU Major Crime Unit

MDP Ministry of Defence Police

MIBK Methyl Iso-butyl Ketone

MID Motor Insurance Database

MIR Major Incident Room

MIRSAP Major Incident Room Standard Admin Procedures

MISPER Missing Person

MO Modus Operandi

MOD Ministry of Defence

MOT Ministry of Transport test

MOU Memorandum of Understanding

MP Member of Parliament

MRT Mountain Rescue Team

mSv Millisievert (radiation measurement: 1 thousandth of a sievert)

NACRO National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders

NAFIS National Automatic Fingerprint Identification System

NAI Non-Accidental Injury

NAIR National Arrangements for Incidents involving Radioactivity

NASS National Asylum Support Service

NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

NCEC National Chemical Emergency Centre

NCF National Crime Faculty

NCIS National Criminal Intelligence Service

NCS National Crime Squad

NFA No Further Action

NFIU National Football Intelligence Unit

NHS National Health Service

NI National Insurance

NIHHS Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances

NIM National Intelligence Model

NIS National Identification Service

NPT Neighbourhood Policing Team

NPU Neighbourhood Policing Unit

NSCCC Royal Navy's casualty reporting system

NSPCC National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

NSY New Scotland Yard

NVASEC National Voluntary Aid Societies' Emergency Committee

NVC Non Verbal Communication

OCU Operational Command Unit (see also BCU)

OGC Office of Government Commerce

OIC Officer in Charge or Officer in the Case

OHSD Occupational Health and Safety Department

OJEC Official Journal of the European Communities

OS Ordinance Survey

OSC Office of the Surveillance Commissioners or Off-site Support Centre

OSCE Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

OSM Operational Supervision Model

OTD Other Than Dwelling

PA Public Address (system)

PAA Police Athletic Association

PACC Police Authority Community Consultation

PACE Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

PAD Participation and Delivery

PAYE Pay as You Earn

PC Police Constable

PCA Police Complaints Authority

PCV Passenger Carrying Vehicle

PDF Personal Descriptive Form

PDP Professional Development Profile

PDR Personal Development Review

PDTD Professional Development & Training Department

PDU Professional Development Unit

PER Prisoner Escort Record

PFI Private Finance Initiative

PFR Police Federation Regulations 1969

PII Public Interest Immunity

PIN Personal Identification Number

PIO Public Information Office

PITO Police Information Technology Organisation

PM Post Mortem

PMAS Police Mutual Assurance Society

PMR Private Mobile Radio

PMS Police Management System

PMS Prisoner Management System

PNB Police Negotiating Board or Pocket Note Book

PNC Police National Computer

PNCB PNC Bureau (department who maintain and manage PNC within the Force )

PNN2 Criminal Justice Network See Also CJX

POLSA Police Search Advisor

PPT Pro-active Policing Team

PPU Public Protection Unit

PSD Professional Standards Department

PSU Police Support Unit

PSV Public Service Vehicle

P/T Part-time

PTI Physical Training Instructor

PTS Post-traumatic Stress

PVC Police Vehicle Collision

PWR Pressurised Water Reactor

QGM Queen's Gallantry Medal

QPM Queen's Police Medal or Quality and Performance Management

RAC Royal Automobile Club

RAF Royal Air Force

RAYNET Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network

RDC Resource Deployment Centre

REC Racial Equality Councils

RI Re-Interview

RID International regulations concerning the carriage of dangerous goods by rail

RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

RIPA Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

RISC Rental Industry Secure Customer

RNLI Royal National Lifeboat Institute

ROSH Risk of Serious Harm

ROSPA Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

ROTI Record of Taped Interview

ROVI Record of Video Interview

RSI Roadside Interview or Repetitive Strain Injury

RSO Registered Sex Offender or Road Safety Officer

RSPB Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

RSPCA Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals

RTC Road Traffic Collision

RTRA Road Traffic Regulations Act

RV Rendezvous Point

SA Specialist Advisor

SAR Search and Rescue

SARDA Search and Rescue Dog Association

SARSAT Search and Rescue Satellite System

SAYE Save as You Earn

SB Special Branch

SC Security Check

SCC Senior Command Course

SEG (Ministry of Defence police) Special Escort Group

SHU Source Handling Unit

SID Source Input Document

SIESO Society of Industrial Emergency Services Officers

SIM (Mobile phone card)

SIO Senior Investigating Officer

SIU Specialist Investigation Unit

SLA Service Level Agreement

SLP Self-Loading Pistol

SMART Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-framed

SMS Short Message System/Service (Text message)

SO Standing Orders or Senior Officer (pay scales)

SOC Scenes of Crime

SOCO Scenes of Crime Officer

SP Seized Property

SPDM (calibrated digital speed readout)

SPOC Single Point of Contact

SSD Social Services Department

SSMS Scientific Support Management System

SSP System Security Policy

SSU Scientific Support Unit

Sv Sievert (radiation measurement)

SVS Stolen Vehicle Squad

SYOPS Guidance & Instructions for Information Security

TCG Tasking and Coordinating Group

TI Trace and Interview

TIC Taken into Consideration

TIE Trace, Implicate or Eliminate

TPT Targeted Patrol Team

TST Take Statement

TU Temporarily Unoccupied

TWOC Taken Without Consent

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

uSv Microsievert (radiation measurement: 1 millionth of a sievert)

UV Ultra-Violet

VASCAR Visual Average Speed Camera And Recorder

VAT Value Added Tax

VDR Vehicle Defect Rectification

VHF Very High Frequency

VHS Video Home System

VIP Very Important Person

VMU Vehicle Maintenance Unit

VODS Vehicle On-line Descriptive Search (on PNC)

VPSS Victim Personal Statement Scheme

VPS Victim Personal Statement

VSS Victim Support Scheme

WDA Waste Disposal Authority

WMS2 Warrant Management System

WRVS Women's Royal Volunteer Service

YOT Youth Offending Team