OED appeals: can you help us find earlier evidence of the term ‘SOCO’?
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Part of the process of revising words and phrases for the OED involves searching for evidence of a word’s first recorded use in English, and for this we need your help.
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Now familiar from police procedurals and television crime dramas, the term SOCO (an acronym from ‘scene(s)-of-crime officer’) originated in the jargon of Scotland Yard. The first example in OED‘s entry is from a dictionary of abbreviations:
1977 Ellen T. Crowley New Acronyms, Initialisms, & Abbreviations 148/1 SOCO, Scenes-of-the-Crime Officer [Scotland Yard].
We can assume that the author of this glossary had seen evidence of the word, so there ought to be documentation predating the publication of the book. We would expect to find it in documents or publications relating to British law enforcement. Can you help us?