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    List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Used on the Message Board

    The following list includes acronyms and abbreviations commonly used in the 911JobForums. I'll update it periodically. If you have suggestions or comments, please add your reply, or click on my signature and send a Private Message. Keep in mind that the list is not meant to include every acronym used in law enforcement; rather, only those that have been (or are likely to be) used in our forums. I hope you find this info useful.


    Acronyms and Abbreviations

    6C: Refers to special retirement provisions for federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, air traffic controllers and military reserve technicians
    171: Standard Form 171 employment application
    612: Optional Form 612 employment application
    1811: Federal Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) job series

    ABC: Alcoholic Beverage Control
    AC: Applicant Coordinator
    ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
    ADP: Automatic Data Processing
    AEO: Aviation Enforcement Officer
    AFIS: Automated Fingerprint Identification System
    AFOSI: Air Force Office of Special Investigations
    AG: Attorney General
    AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
    AL: Alabama
    ALI: Automatic Location Indicator
    AK: Alaska
    AKA: Also Known As
    AMO: Office of Air and Marine Operations
    AMTRAK: National Railroad Passenger Corporation
    ANI: Automatic Number Indicator
    AP: Law Enforcement Availability Pay
    APB: All Points Bulletin
    APP: Employment Application
    APPS: Employment Applications
    AR: Arkansas
    AS: American Samoa
    ASAC: Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge
    ASP: ASP brand of expandable batons/tactical products
    ASR: Aerosol Subject Restraint
    ASVAB: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
    ATF: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    AT/FP: Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection
    ATSAC: Assistant to the Special Agent-in-Charge
    AUO: Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime
    AUSA: Assistant United States Attorney
    AZ: Arizona

    BATF: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    BCBP: Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
    BEP: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    BEX: Board of Examiners
    BH: Blackhawk Helicopter
    BI: Background Investigation
    BIA: Bureau of Indian Affairs
    BICE: Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    BIS: Bureau of Industry and Security (formerly BXA)
    BLM: Bureau of Land Management
    BOL: Be on the Lookout
    BOLO: Be on the Lookout
    BOP: Federal Bureau of Prisons
    BORSTAR: Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Team
    BORTAC: Border Patrol Tactical Unit
    BP: U.S. Border Patrol
    BPA: Border Patrol Agent
    BXA: Bureau of Export Administration (See BIS)

    CA: California
    CAD: Computer Aided Dispatch
    CAP: Comprehensive Application Packet
    CBP: U.S. Customs & Border Protection
    CCW: Carrying a Concealed Weapon
    CDD: Career Development Division (Postal Inspection Service)
    CERT: Certified, Certification
    CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
    CFTC: U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    CGIS: Coast Guard Investigative Service
    CI: Criminal Investigator
    CI: U.S. Customs Inspector
    CIA: Central Intelligence Agency
    CID: Criminal Investigation Division
    CIDC: U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command
    CITP: Criminal Investigator Training Program (FLETC)
    CJ: Criminal Justice
    CO: Colorado
    CO: Commanding Officer
    CO: Corrections Officer
    CONUS: Continental United States
    COP: Community Oriented Policing
    COP: Constable on Patrol
    CR: Continuing Resolution
    CSO: Community Service Officer
    CT: Connecticut
    CTAP: Career Transition Assistance Plan
    CTC: Counterterrorism Center (CIA)
    CTR: Currency Transaction Report
    CVSA: Computerized Voice Stress Analysis

    DA: District Attorney
    DB: Detective Bureau
    DC: District of Columbia
    DCIA: Defense Logistics Agency Criminal Investigations Activity
    DCIS: Defense Criminal Investigative Service
    DD: District Director
    DD214: Certification of military discharge/separation
    DE: Delaware
    DEA: Drug Enforcement Administration
    DEO: Detention Enforcement Officer
    DEPT: Department
    DHS: Department of Homeland Security
    DL: Drivers License
    DOB: Date of Birth
    DOC: Department of Corrections
    DOD: Department of Defense
    DOE: Department of Energy
    DOI: U.S. Department of the Interior
    DOJ: U.S. Department of Justice
    DOL: U.S. Department of Labor
    DOT: U.S. Department of Transportation
    DPS: Defense Protective Service
    DPS: Department of Public Safety
    DQ: Disqualified, Disqualification
    DS: Bureau of Diplomatic Security (State Dept). See also DSS.
    DSS: Diplomatic Security Service (State Dept). See also DS.
    DSS: Defense Security Service
    DT: Defensive Tactics
    DTI: Defensive Tactics Instructor
    DUI: Driving Under the Influence
    DUSM: Deputy U.S. Marshal
    DWAI: Driving While Ability Impaired
    DWI: Driving While Intoxicated

    EEOC: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    EMT: Emergency Medical Technician
    EOD: Enter on Duty
    EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
    ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
    ETS: Estimated Time of Separation
    EVAL: Evaluation

    FAA: Federal Aviation Administration
    FAM: Federal Air Marshal
    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
    FBAR: Foreign Bank Account Report
    FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
    FCI: Foreign Counterintelligence
    FCO: Federal Corrections Officer
    FDA: Food and Drug Administration
    FECA: Federal Employees Compensation Act
    FED: Federal, Federal Government, Federal Agent/Officer
    FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    FI: Field Interview
    FINCEN: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
    FL: Florida
    FLE: Federal Law Enforcement
    FLEO: Federal Law Enforcement Officer
    FLEOA: Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
    FLETC: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
    FLIR: Forward-Looking Infrared
    FLSA: Fair Labor Standards Act
    FM: Federated States of Micronesia
    FNS: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA)
    FOIA: Freedom of Information Act
    FOP: Fraternal Order of Police
    FPL: Full Performance Level
    FPS: Federal Protective Service
    FS-2501: Diplomatic Security Service job series
    FSD: Federal Security Director (TSA)
    FSIS: Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA)
    FTE: Full Time Equivalent (Similar to a billet in the military)
    FTO: Field Training Officer
    FWS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    GA: Georgia
    GAO: U.S. General Accounting Office
    GPA: Grade-Point Average
    GS: General Schedule
    GS-0007: Federal Correctional Officer job series
    GS-0025: Federal Park Ranger job series
    GS-0080: Federal Security Administration job series
    GS-0083: Federal Police Officer job series
    GS-0132: Federal Intelligence job series
    GS-1801: General Inspection/Investigation/Compliance
    GS-1802: Federal Compliance Inspection job series
    GS-1810: Federal General Investigating job series
    GS-1811: Federal Criminal Investigator job series
    GS-1812: Federal Game Law Enforcement job series
    GS-1816: Federal Immigration Inspector job series
    GS-1854: Federal Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Inspection Series
    GS-1890: Federal Customs Inspector job series
    GS-1896: Federal Border Patrol Agent job series
    GSA: General Services Administration
    GU: Guam

    HHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    HI: Hawaii
    HIDTA: High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
    HIFCA: High Intensity Financial Crime Area
    HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
    HP: Highway Patrol
    HQ: Headquarters
    HR: Human Resources
    HUD: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    IA: Internal Affairs
    IA: Investigative Assistant
    IA: Iowa
    IACP: International Association of Chiefs of Police
    ICE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    ICTAP: Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program
    ID: Idaho
    IEA: Immigration Enforcement Agent
    IG: Inspector General / Office of Inspector General
    IGBTP: Inspector General Basic Training Program
    II: Immigration Inspector
    IIO: Immigration Information Officer
    IL: Illinois
    ILEA: International Law Enforcement Academy
    IMF: International Monetary Fund
    IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
    IN: Indiana
    INS: U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service
    INTEL: Intelligence
    INTERPOL: International Criminal Police Organization
    IOBTC: Immigration Officer Basic Training Program
    IOI: Industry Operations Investigator (ATF)
    IR: Infrared
    IRS: Internal Revenue Service
    IS: Investigative Specialist (FBI)

    JAG: Judge Advocate General

    K-9: Canine
    KS: Kansas
    KSA: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    KY: Kentucky

    LA: Louisiana
    LAPD: Los Angeles Police Department
    LE: Law Enforcement
    LEAP: Law Enforcement Availability Pay
    LEJ.COM: Lawenforcementjob.com Message Board
    LEO: Law Enforcement Officer

    MA: Massachusetts
    MD: Maryland
    MDC: Mobile Data Computer
    MDT: Mobile Data Terminal
    ME: Maine
    MEO: Marine Enforcement Officer
    MH: Marshall Islands
    MHO: My Humble Opinion
    MI: Michigan
    MIA: Marine Interdiction Agent (also: Missing in Action)
    MN: Minnesota
    MO: Missouri
    MOS: Member of Service (Frequently used by NYPD)
    MOS: Military Occupation Specialty
    MP: Military Police
    MP: Northern Mariana Islands
    MS: Mississippi
    MT: Montana

    NAC: National Agency Check
    NAC: New Agents' Class
    NACI: National Agency Check with Inquiries
    NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    NAT: New Agents' Training
    NATU: New Agents' Training Unit (FBI)
    NC: North Carolina
    NCIC: National Crime Information Center
    NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
    NCO: Non-Commissioned Officer
    NCOIC: Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge
    ND: North Dakota
    NE: Nebraska
    NGA: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    NH: New Hampshire
    NHTSA: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    NICB: National Insurance Crime Bureau
    NIS: Naval Investigative Service (Now known as NCIS)
    NJ: New Jersey
    NM: New Mexico
    NMC: Nuclear Materials Courier (US Dept of Energy)
    NNSA: National Nuclear Security Administration (US Dept of Energy)
    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    NOE: Nap of the Earth (term for low-level aircraft flight)
    NOR: Notice of Results
    NPS: National Park Service
    NRC: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    NRO: National Reconnaisance Office
    NSA: National Security Agency
    NTE: Not to Exceed
    NTSB: National Transportation Safety Board
    NV: Nevada
    NY: New York
    NYPD: New York City Police Department
    NYSE: New York Stock Exchange

    OBP: Office of Border Patrol
    OC: Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray)
    OCDETF: Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force
    OCS: Officer Candidate School
    OEE: Office of Export Enforcement
    OF-612: Optional Form 612 employment application
    OFAC: Office of Foreign Assets Control (U.S. Dept of Treasury)
    OGC: Office of General Counsel
    OH: Ohio
    OIG: Office of Inspector General
    OJP: Office of Justice Programs (U.S. Dept of Justice)
    OK: Oklahoma
    OL: Operator's License
    OLN: Operator's License Number
    ONDCP: Office of National Drug Control Policy
    OPSEC: Operations Security / Operational Security
    OPM: U.S. Office of Personnel Management
    OPR: Office of Professional Responsibility
    OR: Oregon
    OSI: Air Force Office of Special Investigations
    OSI: Office of Special Investigations
    OSP: Outstanding Scholar Program
    OST: Operations Support Technician
    OUIL: Operating Under Influence of Intoxicating Liquor

    PA: Patrol Agent
    PA: Pennsylvania
    PBA: Police Benevolent Association
    PBT: Preliminary Breath Test
    PCIE: The President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency
    PCT: Precinct, Precinct Police Station
    PD: Police Department
    PEB: Physical Efficiency Battery
    PERP: Perpetrator
    PFT: Physical Fitness Test
    PFT: Pulmonary Function Test
    PM: Private Message
    PO: Police Officer
    PO: Probation Officer
    POE: Port of Entry
    POLY: Polygraph Examination
    POST: Peace Officer Standards and Training
    PPCT: Pressure Point Control Tactics
    PR: Puerto Rico
    PR-24: A type of subject control baton
    PRT: Physical Readiness Test
    PSAP: Public Safety Answering Point
    PSI: Personnel Security Interview
    PSYCH: Psychological evaluation or testing
    PT: Physical Training
    PTT: Physical Task Test

    QR: Quality Recruitment (U.S. Customs program)

    RAC: Resident Agent-in-Charge
    RAIC: Resident Agent-in-Charge
    RCMP: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    RI: Rhode Island
    RICO: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
    RIF: Reduction in Force
    RK: Radial Keratotomy eye surgery
    ROTC: Reserve Officer Training Corps
    RRB: Railroad Retirement Board

    SA: Special Agent (also S/A)
    SAC: Special Agent-in-Charge
    SAP: Special Access Program
    SAR: Suspicious Activity Report
    SBI: State Bureau of Investigation
    SC: South Carolina
    SCD: Service Computation Date (includes creditable military or prior service)
    SCI: Sensitive Compartmented Information
    SCIF: Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility
    SCIP: Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals
    SD: Sheriff's Department
    SD: South Dakota
    SF: Standard Form (e.g. SF-50,SF-86 etc. Federal forms, can be found on opm.gov)
    SF-171: Standard Form 171 employment application
    SI: Structured Interview
    SID: Special Investigations Division
    SIU: Special Investigations Unit
    SO: Sheriff's Office
    SOD: Special Operations Division
    SOG: Special Operations Group
    SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
    SP: State Police
    SRO: School Resource Officer
    SRT: Special Response Team
    SRT: Search and Rescue Team
    SSA: Senior Special Agent
    SSA: Social Security Administration
    SSBI: Single Scope Background Investigation
    SSG: Special Surveillance Group
    SSN: Social Security Number
    SWAT: Special Weapons and Tactics

    TAPS: Telephone Application Processing System
    TC: Telecommunicator
    TCHC: Twin Cities Hiring Center (Dept of Homeland Security)
    TDD: Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
    TDY: Temporary Duty
    TEA: Treasury Enforcement Agent
    TEA: Treasury Enforcement Agent Examination
    TFOS: Terrorism Financing Operations Section (FBI)
    TIGTA: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
    TN: Tennessee
    TRT: Tactical Response Team
    TS: Top Secret
    TSA: Transportation Security Administration
    TSP: Federal Thrift Savings Plan
    TS/SCI: Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information
    TTIC: Terrorist Threat Integration Center
    TVA: Tennessee Valley Authority
    TX: Telephone, telephone call
    TX: Texas

    UCC: Uniform Commercial Code
    UCMJ: Uniform Code of Military Justice
    UD: Uniformed Division
    UDO: Uniformed Division Officer
    UK: United Kingdom
    UN: United Nations
    USA: U.S. Army
    USAA: USAA Insurance Company
    USAF: U.S. Air Force
    USAID: U.S. Agency for International Development
    USAO: U.S. Attorney's Office
    USBP: U.S. Border Patrol
    USC: United States Code
    USCG: U.S. Coast Guard
    USCP: U.S. Capitol Police
    USCS: U.S. Customs Service
    USDA: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    USFS: U.S. Forest Service (USDA Forest Service)
    USMC: U.S. Marine Corps
    USMS: U.S. Marshals Service
    USN: U.S. Navy
    USPIS: U.S. Postal Inspection Service
    USPO: U.S. Probation Officer
    USPP: U.S. Park Police
    USPS: U.S. Postal Service
    USSS: U.S. Secret Service
    USSS-UD: U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division
    UT: Utah

    VA: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    VA: Virginia
    VI: Virgin Islands
    VIN: Vehicle Identification Number
    VRA: Veterans Readjustment Act
    VRA: Veterans Readjustment Appointment
    VT: Vermont

    WA: Washington State
    WI: Wisconsin
    WV: West Virginia
    WWW: World Wide Web
    WX: Weather
    WY: Wyoming

    YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary (e-mail terminology)
    YRMV: Your Results May Vary (e-mail terminology)

    Last edited by ATF SAC; 07-31-2008 at 12:13.



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