Glossary of Common Police Terms
One or more days off work. What anybody outside the police force would call a holiday!
Copper, Bobby, Gavver, Fed, Plod, Old Bill
Assorted nicknames for a police officer. I am sure you can think of more!
Shorthand for the Police Federation.
- The police station (as in, "I'm going into the nick for a cuppa").
- The act of arresting someone (as in, "I've nicked this one for theft, sarge").
Police Community Support Officer.
Short for 'refreshments'. Also known as a meal break.
A day when you are not rostered to be on duty.
Rest Day in Lieu
A rest day which you've been given to keep things fair. Usually because one of your rest days fell on a bank holiday.
Short for Special Constable (more info about Specials here)