In a scene from the second episode of the TV miniseries Top of the Lake, the lead character (a New Zealand police officer) discovers a dead body floating in the sea. She does not enter into the water, but calls for her male companion, and shouts instructions:

Don't touch him… all right, just bring him into shore. I'm going to have to stay here, I'm OCB.

In a further scene she tries entering into the sea, but experiences sth. that looks like a panic attack and is forced to draw back.

Though I found a couple of terms called OCB, they do not make any sense in this context.

Caption: I'm going to have to stay here. I'm OCB

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    And the terms you found were...? Are you sure it was not OCD? Feb 21, 2017 at 22:36
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    OCD is a much more likely bet than OCB, but it is still a bit odd—OCD does not usually involve a fear of water. Feb 21, 2017 at 22:47
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    I was going to say "Organized Crime Bureau", but New Zealand does not have that: they have OFCANZ and OCA. Feb 22, 2017 at 0:32
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    I found this on Word Reference, and some of the people answering were from New Zealand (where I got the NZ police info). One said he thought it meant Officer in Charge of Body, but that is not definitive. It is probably one of those acronyms they love to throw around on cop shows to prove they are hip and cool. Feb 22, 2017 at 0:51
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    @Cascabel - Sorry, I didn't notice your comment earlier. Feb 22, 2017 at 6:03

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OCD doesn't make sense to me here (typically one says I have OCD and can't go in the water, or I have a phobia of going in the water), so I did some googling.

At https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/the-word-ocb.2695037/, someone suggested "Officer in Charge of Body." This sounds good to me. Nice and officious, which police lingo tends to be. More googling produced:

Concerns were expressed about the fragmented nature of the liaison with the deceased’s family during the short initial investigation. The role appears to have been shared by the Detectives respectively appointed Officer in Charge of Body and Officer in Charge of Suspect.

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