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AJA, FBI, and Other Criminal Justice Terms to Know

Do you find yourself wondering what people are saying when you hear common phrases like BRB, LOL, etc.? The common culture of today likes to keep conversations to a minimum and abbreviate. Along with today’s customs, many organizations use different abbreviations and acronyms for roles, documentation or phrases used within a company, meeting spaces, departments, and different systems. Even the field of criminal justice uses acronyms.

Are you currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice or thinking about a future in criminal justice? We want to keep you up-to-date on the lingo of today’s criminal justice field; you may need to know these criminal justice terms if you’re going to pursue a criminal justice position.

ABC – Act Alcohol Beverage Control Act

ABD – Abduction

ADA – American’s with Disabilities Act

AFIS – Automated Fingerprint Identification System

AJA – American Jail Association

BB – Bank Burglary

BC – Bad Check

BNE – Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement

BOP – Federal Bureau of Prisons

BR – Bank Robbery

CAID – Criminal Activity in Drugs

CBP – U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CCH – Computerized Criminal Histories

CDC – Centers for Disease Control

D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education

DAA W/O OP – Driving Away Auto Without Owner’s Permission

DEA – Drug Enforcement Administration

DoD – U.S. Department of Defense

DUI – Driving Under the Influence

DWI - Driving While Intoxicated

EAR – Escape and Rescue

EOUSA – Executive Office for United States Attorneys

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency

FFA – Federal Firearms Act

FFJ – Fugitive from Justice

FRA – Federal Reserve Act

GAC – Global Advisory Committee

GLFR – Grand Larceny from Retailer

GIS – Geographic Information System

HHS – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HLDP - Holdup

HSGP – Homeland Security Grant Program

HWY ROB – Highway Robbery

ICC – Indirect Criminal Contempt

ICE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

IRA – Internal Revenue Act

JDA – Juvenile Delinquency Act

JIC – Justice Information Center

KID – Kidnapping

LEITSC – Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council

LIO – Lesser Inclusive Offense

LSA – Leaving the Scene of an Accident

MIP – Minor in Possession

MISD – Misdemeanor Charge

MIST – Mistrial

MVR – Motor Vehicle Report

NACM – National Association for Court Management

NACT – No Action

NADCP – National Association of Drug Court Professionals

NFA – National Firearms Act

NFOG – No Finding of Guilt

OCA – Office of Court Administration

OCO – Obstruction of Court Orders

OOJ – Obstruction of Justice

OVC – U.S. Office for Victims of Crime

OVW – Office on Violence Against Women

PNC – Plead No Contest

PJC – Prayer for Judgment

POIS – Poisoning

POSS – Possession

QUAR – Quarantine

RCA – Red Cross Act

REAP – Reckless Endangering Another Person

SID – State Identification Number

SNL – State Narcotic Law

TBD – Trial by Declaration

TOP – Theft of Property

TSA – Transportation Security Administration

TWEA – Trading With the Enemy Act

UNICOR – Federal Prison Industries, Inc.

UBAL – Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level

UFA – Uniform Firearms Act

UFAP – Unlawful Fight to Avoid Prosecution

VAP – Veterans Affairs Police

VEH – Vehicle

VIN – Vehicle Identification Number

VOP – Violation of Probation

VT – Vehicle Taking or Vehicle Theft

We want to know, with the acronyms stated above, are there any acronyms, criminal justice terms, or criminal justice departments that you didn’t know about?

National Criminal Intelligence Resource Center: Acronym List. (2012, August 21). Retrieved from
Justice Acronyms and Abbreviations. (2012, August 2). Retrieved from

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