A Police Officer’s Glossary
A brief explanation of some common Police language or abbreviations that you may find used in Cst. Ingram’s writing.
Air1: Air 1 and Air 2 are RCMP helicopters attached to the Lower Mainland Traffic Safety Helicopter Program. The helicopters are available to assist in calls that can benefit from eyes in the air with cameras, infrared cameras and large spot lights.
Boot: An affectionate term used to refer to a recruit or a rookie. The term has roots in the military and policing, as the recruit is expected to maintain a pristine uniform including well polished and shined uniform boots.
Charlie Shift: In Delta this is a patrol based 2 officer unit that works a block of afternoons. The unit is responsible for special projects and certain priorities determined by the management team. They also check individuals known to have warrants or curfews.
OSMV: Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles – Responsible for driver behaviour and road safety. http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/osmv/
Reserve or R/Cst: The Delta Police have a reserve constable program where qualified individuals, usually with a desire to become Police officers, receive a subset of the training and are sworn in as Municipal Reserve Constables. When on duty and supervised by a Police officer they have similar legal powers as the Police and volunteer their time in the community.
Subject or SOC: Subject of Complaint. The person or persons that are generally the focus of a call. They are not necessarily “suspects” or have done anything wrong, they are just the subject that we’re dealing with.