Maybe your spouse just went through the police academy and now you are hearing acronyms and lingo you’ve never heard before. I get it- my head was spinning my husband’s first year in the academy trying to grasp what he was saying.
Or maybe you are a veteran spouse and your spouse is STILL saying them. Lol! I get that also!
Either way, here are some top acronyms and lingo you may hear from your officer and what they mean!
Top Law Enforcement Lingo and Acronyms
FTO- Field Training Officer
You will hear this one a lot, especially as your spouse leaves the academy. Your officer will go through FTO training but could also be a Field Training Officer later in his/her career.
OIS- Officer Involved Shooting
This is without a doubt one of the hardest acronyms to read or hear about.
POV-Personally Owned Vehicle
I always laugh at this one because my husband uses this acronym all the time.
LEAD- Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
LEAD or Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is always held in January.
GY6- Got Your Six
“Got Your Six” means got your back. Law enforcement officers say this often in support of one another.
LEOW- Law Enforcement Officer Wife
TBL- Thin Blue Line
If you frequent social media then this is one acronym you will see often.
UTL-Unable to Locate
You may get a text from your officer with this acronym. They may be on a call for a person they are unable to locate.
PIO-Public Information Officer
This is usually the person at the department to make public statements.
AS or AST-Active Shooter Training
Also, an acronym you don’t want to receive. Training, okay, but not the real deal.
Honestly, there are so many 10-codes it would take me forever to list them. Most departments don’t use 10-codes anymore but some officers still say the most “popular” ones to fellow officers or their spouses.
Not lingo or an acronym but goodness, this gets me every time. I never caught on to this.
Co-Workers Last Names
Also not an acronym but you will see that your officer usually talks about his/her co-workers by using their last name. If they say the first name, I would be surprised.
What other law enforcement lingo or acronyms would you add to this list?
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