Cambridgeshire Police guide to Line of Duty lingo

One of the most anticipated TV dramas returned to our screens last night, as Ted Hastings, Steve Arnott and Kate Flemming began the latest probe into police corruption in BBC 1’s Line of Duty.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:30 pm

The show has gathered millions of fans over the first five series, as the team from AC-12 hunt out ‘bent coppers’ (as Hastings would say).

Whether bringing down ‘The Caddy’ or hunting for ‘H,’ the drama has taken viewers into the mirky world of organised crime, as well as introducing the country to undercover operations and the famous interview room at AC-12’s HQ.

But the other thing the show has become famous for is the range of police acronyms and jargon used - with viewers not being spoon-fed their meanings.

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Line of Duty's three leading stars - Vicky McLure, who plays Kate Flemming, Adrian Dunbar, who plays Ted Hastings, and Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott.  Photographer: Aiden Monaghan PPP-190328-100027006
Line of Duty's three leading stars - Vicky McLure, who plays Kate Flemming, Adrian Dunbar, who plays Ted Hastings, and Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott. Photographer: Aiden Monaghan PPP-190328-100027006

Thankfully, Cambridgeshire Police have published a list of terms used by their officers - so should you ever be questioned about what they mean (by an officer at least one rank senior, of course) you will be able to know your CHIS from your SOCO, why an officer has obvs on a TL, and why a sus may be found on the PNC.

The next episode of Line of Duty will be broadcast at 9pm on Sunday, while other episodes are available on the iPlayer.

3&30 3 crimes or reports in 30 days

A/Aban or A/A Apparently Abandoned

ABC Activity Based Costing

ABH Actual Body Harm

Abload Abnormal Load

ABS Acceptable Behaviour Contract

Abtech Abnormal Loads Officer

ACC Assistant Chief Constable

ACE Asset Confiscation Enforcement

ACPO Association of Chief Police Officers

AEU Accident Enquiry Unit

AJU Administration of Justice Unit

AM Action Manager

ANPR Automatic Number Plate Recognition

APA Association of Police Authorities

APCOMM Association of Police Communicators

APU Armed Policing Unit

ARA Assets Recovery Agency

ARV Armed Response Vehicle

AS Arrest Summons

ASBO Anti Social Behaviour Order

ASNT Area search no trace

BAT Briefing and Tasking

BAU business as usual

BAWP British Association for Women in Policing

BCS British Crime Survey

BCU Basic Command Unit or Basic Command Division

BCH Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

BDV Broken Down Vehicle

BeNCH Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

BeNCH CRC Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Community Rehabilitation Company

BPA Black Police Association

BTP British Transport Police

BVR Best Value Report

C/Way Carriageway

CAFCASS Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

CAISU Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguard Unity

CAIU Child Abuse Investigation Unit

CAMCRO Cambridgeshire Criminal Record Office

CBM Community Beat Manager

CC Chief Constable or Crown Court

CC3 Command and Control 3

CCA Comparative Case Analysis

CCMT Chief Constable’s Management Team

CCTV Close Circuit Television

CCU Community Cohesion Unit

CDAIU Child and Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit

CDRP Crime and Disorder Partnerships

CDRU Crime and Disorder Reduction Unit

CEU Collision Enquiry Unit

Ch/Insp Chief Inspector

CHIS Covert Human Intelligence Source

CHP Chord Park

CIA Community Impact Assessor

CIAN Constabulary wide Independent Advisory Network

CIB Central Intelligence Bureau

CID Criminal Investigation Department

CIMU Crime and Incident Management Units

CIU Critical Incident Unit

CJU Criminal Justice Unit

CMD Crime Management Department

CMU Crime Management Unit

CO Coroners Officer or Commanding Officer

COG Chief Officer Group

CORP Crime and Reduction Partnership

CP Child Protection

CPIA Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996

CPP Cambridgeshire Policing Plan

CPS Crown Prosecution Service

CRB Criminal Records Bureau

CRC Community Rehabilitation Company

Crim Dam Criminal Damage

CRO Criminal Records Office

CRU Crime Reduction Unit

CSAS Community Safety Accreditation Schemes

CSD Command and Support Department

CSE Child Sexual Exploitation or Crime Scene Examiner

CSI Crime Scene Investigator

CSM Crime Scene Manager

CSP Community Safety Partnership

CSS Corporate Support Services

CSU Community Safety Unit

Ct Court

CT/OC Counter Terrorism or Organised Crime

DAAT Drugs and Alcohol Action Teams

DAISA Domestic Abuse Investigation Safeguarding Unit

Dam Damage

DB Delivery Board

DBRTT The Distraction Burglary and Rogue Trader Taskforce

DCC Deputy Chief Constable

DCI Detective Chief Inspector

DDM Dedicated Decision Maker

Desc Description

DIC Drunk In Charge (Motor Vehicle)

DIO Divisional Intelligence Officer

Disq Disqualified (Driver)

DIU Divisional Intelligence Unit

DOB Date of Birth

DORTA Damage Only Road Traffic Accident

DPA Data Protection Act

DPO Departmental Personnel Officer

DSG Diversity Steering Group

DSU Dedicated Source Unit

DV Domestic Violence

DVLA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

ECU Economic Crime Unit

EET ERSOU Enforcement Team

Enqs Enquiries

EPO Emergency Planning Officer

ERSOU Eastern Region Special Operations Unit

ET Early Turn

ETA Estimated Time of Arrival

FAO For the attention of

FCR Force Control Room

FEB Force Executive Board

FFIO Force Field Intelligence Officer

FIB Force Intelligence Bureau

FIDO Financial Intelligence Development Officer

FIO Financial Intelligence Officer

FIU Financial Investigation Unit

FLO Family Liaison Officer

FLP Front Line Policing

FM Forced Marriage

FMLT Fraud and Money Laundering Team

FMU Family Units

FPCG Force Performance Challenge Group

FPN Fixed Penalty Notices

FPT Fixed Penalty Ticket

GB Governance Board

GBH Grievous Bodily Harm

GIS Geographic Information Systems

GPA Gay Police Association

GPD General Police Duties

GPMS Government Protective Marking Scheme

H/A Home Address

HALO Helping achieve local objectives

HASC Home Affairs Committee

HBV Honour Based Violence

HGV Heavy Goods Vehicle

HMI Her Majesty’s Inspector

HMIC Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary

HMP Her Majesty Prison

HMRC Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

HO/RT1 Home Office Road Traffic Form 1 (driving document producer form)

HOCR Home Office Counting Rules

HOLMES Home Office Major Enquiry System

Hosp Hospital

HPDS High Potential Development Scheme

HQ Headquarters

HR Human Resources

HRA Human Rights Act

Hrs Hours

HTCCU Hi Tech and Computer Crime Unit

IAG Independent Advisory Group

ICF Integrated Competency Framework

IDVA independent Domestic Violence Advisory

Infd Informed

Info Information

Insp Inspector

Intrepid Force Intelligence System

IOM Integrated Offender Management

IP Injured Party or Injured People

IOPC Independent Office for Police Conduct (previously IPCC)

IPCC Independent Police Complaints Commission (now known as the IOPC)

IPLDP Initial Police Learning and Development Programme

IS/IT Information Services or Information Technology

ISU Intelligence Support Unit

ISVA Independent Sexual Violence Advisory

JNCC Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee

JPM Joint Performance Management

JPS Joint Protective Services

KH Key holder

KSI Killed and seriously injured

L/T Late Turn

LCJB (CCJB) Local Criminal Justice Board

Level 2 Criminality Force Level Crime

LIO Local Intelligence Officer

Loc Location

LSCB Local Safeguarding Children Board

M/Way Motorway

Mag Ct Magistrates Court

MAPPA Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements

MAPPP Multi Agency Public Protection Panel

MAPPPA Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

MARU Multi-Agency Referral Unit

MASH Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

MCU Major Crime Unit

Met or MPD Metropolitan Police District

MFH Missing From Home

MICR Major Investigation Control Room

Mins Minutes

MIR (MOR) Major Incident Room (Major Operations Room)

MIRSAP Major Investigation Room Standardised Administrative Procedures

Misper Missing Person

MIT Major Investigations Team

MLIT Money Laundering Investigation Team

MO Modus Operandi

MoPI Management of Police Information

MOS Manual Of Standards

MP Marker Post (motorway)

MPIU Missing Persons Investigation Unit

MSF Most Similar Forces

MSS Message Switch System

MV Motor Vehicle

NACRO National Association for the Care and rehabilitation of Offenders

NCIS National Crime Intelligence System

NCPE National Centre for Policing Excellence

NCRS National Crime Recording Standard

ND Night Duty

NDNADb National DNA Database

NETCU National Extremist Tactical Co-ordinating Unit

NFA No further action

NFA No Fixed Abode or No Further Action

NIM National Intelligence Model

NMIS National Management Information System

No. Number

NPAS National Police Air Support

NPIA National Policing Improvement Agency

NPP National Policing Plan

NPT Neighbouring Policing Team

NSPIS National Strategy for Police Information Systems

NT No Trace or Not Taken

NVIS National Video Identification System

NWC (Police) No Waiting Cones

O/C Officer in charge or Officer in case

Obs Observations

OBTJ Offenders Brought To Justice

Occ Occupier or Occupant

OHU Occupational Health Unit

OIC Officer in Charge

Op(s) Operation(s)

OPCC Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Opp Opposite

OPSY Operational Security

OSD Operations Support Department

PA Police Authority

PAAOTCO Please allow an Officer to call on

PACE Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

PASP Police Authority Strategic Policing Plan

PCSO Police Community Support Officer

PCT Priority Crime Team {Serious Acquisitive Crime excluding Commercial Robbery)

PDP Personal Development Portfolio

PDR Performance Development Review

PEACE Interview model: Planning and Preparation, Engage and Explain, Account, Closure and Evaluation

PEG Police Efficiency Group

PH Public House

PICC Independent Police Complaints Commission

PIO Prison Intelligence Officer

PIP Professionalising the Investigative Process

PITO Police Information Technology Office

PIU Prison Intelligence Unit or Paedophile Investigation Unit

PMC Peterborough Magistrates Court

PNC Police National Computer

PND Penalty Notice for Disorder

POA Police Order Act

POCA Proceeds Of Crime Act

PODS Person Online Descriptive Search

POLACC Police Vehicle Accident

POLKA Police Online Knowledge Area

POLSA Police Search Advisor

POPOS Persistent Offender Prolific Offenders

PPAF Policing Performance Assessment Framework

PPD Public Protection Department

PRCA Public Relations Consultants Association

PSA Targets Police Service Agreement Targets

PSC Police Service Centre

PSD Professional Standards Department

PSNI Police Service of Northern Ireland

PSU Police Support Unit or Police Standards Unit

PSV Public Service Vehicle

PTI Pre Trials Issues

PWITS Possession with intent to supply

QAT Quality Assurance Team

QH88 Force Helicopter Code

QUEST Queries Using Extended Search Techniques

RCAT Rural Community Action Team

RCS Regional Crime Squad

Ref Reference

RIPA Regulation of Investigatory Power

RO Registered Owner (motor vehicle)

RPU Roads Policing Unit

RSO Registered Sex Offender or Road Safety Officer

RTA Road Traffic Accident

RTC Road Traffic Collision

RX (Radio) Reception

SARC Sexual Assault Referral Centre

SARs Suspicious Activity Reports

SB Special Branch

SC Special Constabulary

SCAS Serious Crime Analysis Section

SDD Strategic Development Department

SERCS South East Regional Crime Squad

SICAR Shoeprint Image Capture And Retrieval

SIO Senior Investigating Officer

Sitrep Situation Reported

SIU Sexual Offence Investigation Unit

SLA Service Level Agreement

SLDP Senior Leadership Development Programme

SMV Stolen Motor Vehicle

SNT Safer Neighbourhood Team

SOCA Series of Organised Crime Association

SOCITM Society of IT Managers

SOCO Scenes Of Crime Officer

SOCT Serious and Organised Crime Team

SOP Standard Operating Procedures

SOPO Sexual offence prevention order

SPOC Single point of contact

SPP Safer Peterborough Partnership

SRSOU Eastern Region Special operations unit

SSU Specialist support Unit

Supt Superintendent

Sus Suspicious or Suspected

TADA Taking and driving away (motor vehicle)

TCCP Three Counties Collaboration

TCG Tasking and Co-ordinating Group

Tel Telephone

TFU Tactical Firearms Unit

TIC Taken into consideration

TIU Technical Investigation Unit

TL Traffic Lights

TOR Traffic offense report

TSU Technical Support Unit

TT&CG Tactical Tasking and Co-ordination Group

TW Thorpe Wood

TWOC Taking Without Owners Consent (motor vehicle)

Tx Transmission (Radio)

UFN Until Further Notice

UKBA UK Border Agency

URN Unique Reference Number (alarms)

VEM Visible Ethnic Minority

VEU Vehicle Examination Unit

ViSOR Violent and Sex Offenders Register

VODS Vehicle Online Descriptive Searching

VRIS Video Recorded Interviews

VRM Vehicle Registration Mark

WoW Wanted on warrant

YOS Youth Offending Service