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(NAME OF CITY)'S FINEST  look up translate image
Used in either admiration, or slightly derisive irony, in the United States. In New York City, the term has been adapted to other civil servants, such as "New York's Bravest" (the Fire Department) and "New York's Boldest" (the Department of Correction).
(NAME OF CITY)'S FINEST  look up translate image
Used in either admiration, or slightly derisive irony, in the United States. In New York City, the term has been adapted to other civil servants, such as "New York's Bravest" (the Fire Department) and "New York's Boldest" (the Department of Correction).
10-4  look up translate image
even little kids playing cops and robbers know what this means. It means, "OK" or "Got it". However, the codes have changed a bit to be more clear due to most, if not all, police officers talking over radios now.
A.K.A  look up translate image
The acronym for "also known as".Also Known As: Alias
A.V.A.N.H.I.  look up translate image
"Asshole Versus Asshole, No Humans Involved." Often shortened to N.H.I. Popular back when I first started police work in the mid seventies.
ABBA DABBA  look up translate image
A criminal, the implication being that he or she is some sort of evolutionary throwback.
ACQUITTAL  look up translate image
Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Also Known As: AbsolutionCommon Misspellings: AcquitalExamples: The acquittal of a programmer charged with breaking DVD encryptions could result in the entertainment industry's efforts to get tougher copyright laws enacted.
ADMISSION  look up translate image
A person's acknowledgment of his/her involvement in criminal behavior, but not in itself sufficient to establish guilt.Source: Chicago Police Department
AFFIDAVIT  look up translate image
A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.Common Misspellings: afadavitExamples: The juror, who learned years after the trial, of the child abuse the criminal suffered, later stated in an affadavit that "John's lawyer made very little effort to defend him."
AGGRAVATED  look up translate image
A condition or behavior by the offender that makes an offense more serious and subject to greater punishment. (offense; e.g. aggravated assault, aggravated battery): A condition which makes an offense more serious, and subjects the offender to greater punishment.Source: Chicago Police DepartmentExamples: Using a deadly weapon, or wearing clothing that conceals one's identity, in the commission of an assault, constitutes aggravated assault.
APE  look up translate image
derogatory reference to Capitol law enforcement, specifically riot control ("Capitol Armed Interdiction Police"), but sometimes broadened to refer to any Capitol law officer who is especially rough on civilians. "Going Ape (AIP)" is a term used for a law officer roughing up a civilian.
ARREST  look up translate image
Taking a person into custody with probable cause of a criminal offense and the intent to ask prosecutors for formal charges. Arrests are appropriate when the officer has reasonable cause or belief that an individual is engaging or has engaged in criminal behavior. Officers must prove their suspicions with hard facts, evidence and testimony. In some cases, a warrant from a judge or magistrate is required prior to an arrest.

To take a person into custody, by authority of law, for the purpose...(more)
ARSON  look up translate image
Unlawful and intentional damage of personal or public property through fire or explosives. Unlawfully damaging real or personal property by means of fire or explosives. This offense includes damaging one's own property with the intent to defraud an insurer.Source: Chicago Police Department
ARTILLERY  look up translate image
1) This term was first used in reference to small arms in 1821-22 in Braceridge Hall and again in Puck in 1885. It became a popular slang term for small arms in stories published in World War II. 2) A slang term for a hypodermic syringe that became popular circa 1965.
AT LARGE  look up translate image
Used by law enforcement when referring to a criminal that is unaccounted for.Also Known As: AWOL
AUTO BURG  look up translate image
Break-in to a locked vehicle. Also Known As: Automobile Burglary
BACK UP  look up translate image
To assist another officer. Also Known As: Assist
BACON  look up translate image
Derived from Pigs: often used in the structure "I smell bacon" to warn of the approaching presence of an officer.
BADGE HEAVY  look up translate image
Being overly authoritative and intimidating.
BAIL  look up translate image
Money or security bond posted with the court to guarantee an appearance.
BARFBAG  look up translate image
This term was first used in 1966 in reference to an airline air sickness bag. It later became used as police jargon for a criminal.
BARNEY  look up translate image
Term coined after Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show.
BEAR  look up translate image
Short for "Smokey the Bear" in reference to the hats worn by some U.S. state police being similar to that of "Smokey the Bear". "Bear bait" is a reference to speeders, who may draw the attention of the police and allow slightly slower traffic to exceed the speed limit in their wake. "Bear in the Air" is a reference to a police chopper.
BEAT  look up translate image
An area designated to specific officers for patrol. A geographic area assigned to specific officers for patrol.Source: Chicago Police Department
BERRY  look up translate image
Originating from blueberry, referring to the blue uniform most officers wear.
BIG BROTHER  look up translate image
a Brotherhood representative, pulling rank on officers involved in a case
BINDLE  look up translate image
A small envelope of heroin, morphine, cocaine, etc. Also known as a deck (q.v.). First appeared in E. Murphy's Black Candle in 1921.
BIZZIES  look up translate image
Common Liverpool slang term for the police, it was invented as the police were always too "busy" to help.
BLACK JACK  look up translate image
A hand weapon consisting of a short elastic shaft having at one end a heavy metal head encased in netting, leather, etc. First mentioned in the Century Dictionary in 1889. Black jacks were once issued to police in the era before night sticks (q.v.) came into widespread use.
BLUE HEELERS  look up translate image
This is a term used in Australian and is after a breed of dog, the Australian Cattle Dog. This term is use because it accurately describes the personality and appearance (blue uniform) of a police officer. This term became used more frequently as it was used for the Australian police drama series Blue Heelers.
BLUE MEANIES  look up translate image
This is a 190s hippy slang term for the police, it was used in the Beatles film the Yellow Submarine, although many viewers may not have realised its significance.
BLUEBOTTLE  look up translate image
A British term for policeman that may have derived from Cockney rhyming slang. 'Bottle' is an abbreviation of 'bottle and glass', which is rhyming slang for 'arse'. (See also Bottles).
BOBBY  look up translate image
This is not now widely used in Britain (except by the police, who still commonly use it to refer to themselves), though it can occur with a mixture of affection and slight irony in the phrase "village bobby", referring to the local community police officer. It is derived from Robert Peel (Bobby being the usual nickname for Robert), the founder of the Metropolitan Police.
BOOGIE  look up translate image
A derogatory term for a black person.
BOOKIE  look up translate image
A bookmaker (q.v.). This term first appeared in 1885.
BOOKMAKER  look up translate image
A term for a person who takes bets on races which dates back to 1862. Also known as a bookie (q.v.).
BOOST  look up translate image
A term for shoplifting or theft which first appeared in 1909 in Tillotson's Detective.
BOSS  look up translate image
term for senior officers from lieutenant to captain, deputy inspector, inspector, and commissioner
BOTTLES  look up translate image
Cockney rhyming slang for Coppers (see below), from Bottles and Stoppers.
BOYS IN BLUE  look up translate image
A reference to the blue uniform worn by some officers.
BRONZE  look up translate image
A term used for police officers in the 1979 Mel Gibson movie Mad Max
BUDDHA HEADS  look up translate image
A derogatory term for Asian people.
BULLS  look up translate image
An American term usually used to refer to railroad police but may also indicate regular police officers.
BUNCO  look up translate image
Originally derived from the name of the card game Banco or Banca. Used in 1873 as a term for a dice game involving loaded dice in Lening's New York Life. In 1904 this term was first used to describe swindling in general.
BUNCO SQUAD  look up translate image
A term first used to describe a police fraud squad in 1949 in W.R. Burnett's Asphalt Jungle.
BURGLARY  look up translate image
Illegally entering or remaining in a building, vehicle, or water craft, with intent to commit any felony or theft.Source: Chicago Police Department
BURN/BURNED  look up translate image
This term first appeared in the police vocabulary in Mills Report in 1973: "The ultimate disaster is discovery- in undercover language a 'burn'. When junkies and pushers learn or suspect an agent's identity, he has 'taken a burn'."
BUS  look up translate image
BUST  look up translate image
This term originated in 1938 in the New Yorker Magazine (March 12), referring to a police raid. It later came to be used as a synonym for arrest.
BUSTLE RUBBER  look up translate image
1) A prostitute. 2) A person that practices frotteurism: touching and rubbing up against a non-consenting person. Also known as bustle-punching. Bustle is an old slang term for the buttocks.
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