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U.S. Law Enforcement Abbreviations and Acronyms

Below you will find an alphabetical listing of a wide variety of abbreviations, acronyms and other terminology used by various police and other law enforcement personnel in the United States.

While certain "insider" terms and lingo are used and recognized almost exclusively within law enforcement, other terms have gained wider acceptance and entered the vernacular of the general public. Some of these abbreviations and acronyms can be found in booking reports, police reports, or used as conversational shorthand between law enforcement officials.

Our extensive collection of U.S. Gang Acronyms offers the ethnicity, abbreviations, acronyms, and other identifiers used by many gangs in the United States.

PUNCTUATION NOTE: We're cognizant of the fact that some of the organizations listed below fail to use proper punctuation in their names. Rather than correcting this, we present their names as they normally refer to themselves.

WARNING: Some of the following acronyms may have completely different meanings in different locations.

Be sure and visit our other acronym collections:
Database of U.S. Gang acronyms
Creative, Witty, or Humorous Acronyms
U.S. Law Enforcement Task Force acronyms
International Law Enforcement abbreviations and acronyms

U.S. Police Abbreviations and Acronyms
A - Active
Alford plea
Arraign
Arraignment

A and B - Assault and Battery

A and D - Apprehension and Detention Order, or Arrest and Detention

AA - Aggravated Assault

AAA - American Ambulance Association
American Automobile Association
At Above Address

AAC - Alaska Administrative Code

AAFP - American Academy of Forensic Psychology

AAFS - American Academy of Forensic Sciences

AAFTP - Advanced Asset Forfeiture Training Program

AAG - Assistant Attorney General

AAMVA - American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

AAPP - Abbreviated Accident Prevention Plan, or American Association of Police Polygraphists

AAR - After Action Report, or Attempted Aggravated Robbery

AAR/IP - After Action Report / Improvement Plan

AASHTO - American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

AATA - Arizona Automobile Theft Authority

A/B - Assault and Battery

ABC - Alcohol and Beverage Control
American Board of Criminalistics
Arizona Border Control Plan
Atomic, Biological, and Chemical

ABFA - American Board of Forensic Anthropology

ABFDE - American Board of Forensic Document Examiners

ABFO - American Board of Forensic Odontology

ABFP - American Board of Forensic Psychology

ABH - Actual Bodily Harm

ABI - Alabama Bureau of Investigation, or Alaska Bureau of Investigation

ABIS - Automated Biometric Identification System (DoD)

ABLE - Airborne Law Enforcement

ABMDI - American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators

ABS - Anti-lock Braking System
Arson and Bomb Squad
Automated Boat System
Automated Booking Station
Automated Booking System

ABTPA - Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority

ABWIK - Assault and Battery With Intent to Kill

AC - Animal Control

ACA - American Correctional Association

ACADA - Automatic Chemical Agent Detector and Alarm

ACAMS - Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
Automated Critical Asset Management System (DHS)

Acc. - Accident

ACF - Administration for Children and Families, or Adult Correctional Facility

ACFE - Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

ACHILD - Abandoned Child

ACHS - Automated Criminal History System

ACIC - Arkansas Crime Information Center

ACISS - Augmented Criminal Investigative Support System

ACJA - American Criminal Justice Association

ACJS - Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

ACJSS - Adult Criminal Justice Statistical System

ACOD - Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal

ACP - Area Contingency Plan, or Association of Contingency Planners

ACP/RCP - Area Contingency Plan / Regional Contingency Plan

ACPA - Arizona Crime Prevention Association

ACRS - Aircraft Registration System

ACSR - Association of Crime Scene Reconstruction

ACTAR - Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction

ACTIC - Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center

ACU - Animal Control Unit

ACYF - Administration on Children, Youth and Families

A/D - Arrest / Detention

ADA - Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Anti-Drug Abuse
Assistant District Attorney

ADAD - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

ADAM - Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring

ADAMHA - Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration

ADAMS - Authenticated Digital Asset Management System

ADIS - Automated Dental Identification System

ADNET - Anti-Drug Network (DoD)

ADOT - Alabama Department of Transportation
Alaska Department of Transportation
Annapolis Department of Transportation (Maryland)
Arizona Department of Transportation

ADUI - Aggravated Driving Under the Influence

ADW - Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

AECA - Arms Export Control Act

AEO - Attempting to Elude an Officer
Aviation Enforcement Officer

AES - Advanced Encryption Standard

AEW - Airborne Early Warning

AEXIS - Arson and Explosives Incident System

AF - Access Fraud, or Aggravated Felony

AFA - Asian Female Adult

AFIS - Automated Fingerprint Identification System

AFJ - Asian Female Juvenile

AFO - Arellano-Felix Organization -- A major North American drug trafficking cartel that is also know as the Tijuana Cartel.

AFOSI - Air Force Office of Special Investigations

AFR - Automatic Fingerprint Recognition

AFS - Adult Family Services
Agency-Fleet-Subfleet
Automated Firearms System

AFTE - Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners

AG - Attorney General

Ag. Bat. - Aggravated Battery

AGGDWI - Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (While driving on a revoked license)

AGI - Advanced Geospatial Intelligence

AGILE - Advanced Generation of Interoperability for Law Enforcement

AGVYI - Anti-Gang Violence Youth Initiative (New York)

AHAN - Assault of a High and Aggravated Nature

AHEC - Arizona HIDTA Executive Committee

AHIDTA - Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

AHPA - Associated Highway Patrolmen of Arizona

AIA - Air Interdiction Agent, or Aviation Interdiction Agent

AIATP - Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness Training Program

AIC - Agent-In-Charge

AIMS - Adult Information Management System

AIRS - Automated Incident Reporting System

AIS / GPS - Automatic Identification System / Global Positioning System

AISLE - Accelerated Information Sharing for Law Enforcement

AJA - American Jail Association, or American Judges' Association

AJIS - Automated Justice Information System

AK - Aggravated Kidnapping

AKA - Also Known As

ALEA - Airborne Law Enforcement Association

ALECA - Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association

ALADS - Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (California)

ALERRT - Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training

ALISS - Accident Location Identification and Surveillance System

ALPR - Automatic License Plate Reader

ALS - Alternate Light Source

AM - Attempted Murder

AMA - Asian Male Adult

AMBBIC - Alpine / Marfa / Big Bend Intelligence Center (Texas)

AMBER - America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response

Amcrin - American Criminal Investigators Network

AMECO - Association of Missing and Exploited Children's Organizations

AMJ - Asian Male Juvenile

AML - Anti-Money Laundering

ANPR - Association of National Park Rangers, or Automatic Number Plate Recognition

ANR - Active Noise Reduction
Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR Enforcement Division -- Vermont)
Alaskan NORAD Region

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

AOC - Administrative Office of the Courts

AOD - Alcohol and Other Drugs

AODA - Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

AP - Assault on a Police officer

APA - Adult Parole Authority
American Polygraph Association
Arizona Police Association
Arlington Police Association
Association of Police Authorities
Austin Police Association

APAIC - Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge

APB - Advisory Policy Board (CJIS), or All Points Bulletin

APC - Actual Physical Control (of a motorized vehicle), or All Points County

APCM - Alaska Police Chaplains' Ministries

API - Asian and Pacific Islander

APO - Army Post Office, or Alaska Pipeline Office

APPA - American Probation and Parole Association

APS - Accessible Pedestrian Signal
Active Protection Systems
Adult Protective Services
Automated Pawn System
Automated Property System

APSS - American Protection Security Services
Asylum Pre-Screening System
Automated Prisoner Scheduling System

AQ - Additional Query (Additional Information Inquiry)

AR - Additional Reply
Additional Response
Aggravated Robbery

ARDA - Advanced Research and Development Activity -- Later known as the Disruptive Technology Office.
American Rescue Dog Association

ARIDE - Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement

ARJIS - Automated Regional Justice Information System

ARMER - Allied Radio Matrix Emergency Response (Minnesota)

ARMS - Analyst Request Management System
Automated Records Management System

AS - Assault

ASAC - Assistant Special Agent in Charge

ASA-DOJ - Association of Special Agents - Department of Justice

ASC - Airport Security Coordinator, or American Society of Criminology

ASCA - Association of State Correctional Administrators

ASCIA - Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies

ASCLD / LAB - American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board

ASIA - Anti-Smuggling Investigators Association

ASIS - American Society for Industrial Security

ASLET - American Society for Law Enforcement Trainers

ASNT - Area Searched No Trace

ASPA - Alabama State Port Authority, or Arkansas State Police Association

ASQDE - American Society of Questioned Document Examiners

ASRS - Aviation Safety Reporting System

ASTTP - Active Shooter Threat Training Program

ASU - Air Support Unit

ASUCRP - Association of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs

AT - Anti-Terrorism, or Automobile Theft

ATA - Anti-Terrorism Assistance

ATAC - Advanced Thermal Acquisition Camera
Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council
Anti-Terrorist Assault Cart
Atlantans Together Against Crime
Auto Theft Advisory Committee (California)

ATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or Alcohol Testing Form

ATIX - Automated Trusted Information Exchange

ATL - Attempt To Locate

ATO - Advanced Technology Office
Air Traffic Operations
Air Traffic Organization
Anti-Terrorism Officer
Authority to Operate

ATOD - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
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