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Police Codes and Acronyms

Here is a listing of a few common acronyms, abbreviations, codes and jargon used by Maine law enforcement agencies. This resource will be updated on an ongoing basis.


ACJ – Aroostook County Jail

ADW – Assault With a Deadly Weapon

ARIDE – Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement

ASO, ACSO – Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office

BAC – Blood-Alcohol Content

BLETP – Basic Law Enforcement Training Program

BTD – Breath Testing Device

CVEU – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit

DDA – Deputy District Attorney

DRE – Drug Recognition Expert (or Drug Recognition Evaluation)

DV – Domestic Violence

ERT – Emergency Response Team (or Evidence Response Team)

FTA – Failure to Appear

H/O – Habitual Offender

JCCO – Juvenile Community Corrections Officer

LE – Law Enforcement

LEO – Legal Education Opportunity Program, Law Enforcement Officer

LPO – Leadership in Police Organizations

MCJA – Maine Criminal Justice Academy

MCU – Major Crimes Unit

NCIC – National Crime Information Center

OAS – Operating After Suspension

ODARA – Ontario Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment

OUI – Operating Under the Influence

PACE – Police and Community Enforcement

PBT – Preliminary Breath Test, Portable Breathalyzer Test

PCJ – Penobscot County Jail

PFAO –  Protection from Abuse Order

PI – Personal Injury

PO – Protection order

PSO – Penobscot Sheriff’s Office

RCC – Regional Communications Center

RTT – Recruit Training Troop

SFST – Standardized Field Sobriety Test

SO – Sheriff’s Office

VCR – Violating Conditions of Release

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