The police term "APB" stands for "all-points bulletin." It is an alert from one police station to all others in the area with instructions about arresting a suspect or suspects.
An APB is sent out when a person of interest is dangerous or if there is a missing person. The term dates back to around 1960. The bulletin typically has information about the suspect that the police officers are looking for. An APB is also known as a BOLO (which stands for "be on the look-out") or as an ATL (which stands for "attempt to locate"). In the United Kingdom, police use the term APW, which stands for "all-points warning."Learn More
Discretion is a police officer's option to use his judgment to interpret the law as it applies to misdemeanor crimes. The laws that apply to felony crimes, such as murder, are black and white. Laws that apply to misdemeanor crimes can be a gray area for police officers, allowing them to exercise their good judgment and determine whether a crime is serious enough to carry the maximum punishment.Full Answer >
According to Lawyers.com, police jurisdiction refers to the legal authority for police to enforce laws and the specific geographical area in which this authority exists. Police officers generally have jurisdiction to enforce the laws of a local geographic area or the entire state in which they serve. By contrast, federal officers, such as FBI agents, carry out the enforcement of federal laws throughout the entire country.Full Answer >
Most police officers work eight-hour shifts each day, but some police departments run 10- and 12-hour shift rosters. In a typical eight-hour system, there are three shifts rotating over a 24-hour period.Full Answer >
The police are referred to as "5-0" based on the title of an elite police unit in the popular crime drama "Hawaii 5-0". The show ran from 1968 to 1980. The "5-0" crime-fighting team was well-recognized and popular with viewers.Full Answer >