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Lingo, Euphemisms, and Codes:

Graves/mids/dog watch-- midnight shift, usually from 10 pm to 6 or 8 am the next morning, also 12-8

Take paper--write a police report

Scrote--short for scrotum, a fav among beat cops for whichever low life they're taking in that night

BOLF--be on the lookout for

Blow away--to kill with firearm

Clock-- to punch

Pokey--jail, prison

Cash in--to die

Chop shop--where stolen cars are stripped

Stoolie--stool pigeon. Informant or CI (confidential informant) used as a decoy by cops


Gang bang-- to gang rape, gang fight

Stiff--DOA or to cheat someone

Grift-- a trick/con

Grifter--swindler/con man

Cop a plea-- to plead guilty to a lesser charge

Finger-- to inform

Rap--prison sentence

Score--buying illegal drugs


IA--Internal affairs

Rat--cop who talks to IA against other cops. NYPD skull

Choir practice-- party after shift, it's usually in the city limits and secluded or at someone's house. Alcohol is most likely the beverage of choice

DO-- Desk Officer

WC-- Watch Commander

Dispatch-- dispatch

Sig-9mm--semi automatic (standard issue) holds 16 bullets, 15 in the magazine (not a clip) and one in the chamber. Cops do not rack a round in the chamber when they encounter a bad guy, it's already there and they know it. One fired bullet is referred to as a round, not a shot. Proper loading procedure is to put in a full magazine, then chamber a round into the gun, remove magazine then insert another round in the magazine

'Wanna a cup?'-- Coffee

Start AMR-- this is used in Ca, it means call an ambulance

Hook 'em up-- handcuff them

Rollin' heavy-- this is lingo an officer will give dispatch when they are about to make a stop. It means the vehicle they are about to pull over is full of people

Strapped-- means carrying a gun

Rolling code-- lights and siren

Wig wag--one light wigs, the other wags. These are the red and blue lights on top of the vehicle

Take down lights-- are the overhead spots on the light bar

Shotgun use-- there is an electronic release mechanism, and the officer needs to hit a button on the box to release it. It will most likely be a 12 gauge single barrel w/ the capacity to hold 5 shells. 1 in the chamber and 4 in the magazine. When you put a shell in the chamber, it's called 'racking a round'

10-4-- acknowledged, it's like saying 'Okay'

Code 4-- I'm okay

Code 7-- Dinner

Code 8--Start a cover-start me one


5150-- crazy


415 family--family disturbance

Hit the street-- going on patrol

Mocho or booger-- nasty complicated report

Hook and book-- handcuff and process for jail

Perp-- perpetrator, bad guy, suspect, sometimes called an actor

Vic-- victim


FTO--Field training officer

FNG-- Fucking new guy

FUBAR-- F&*^%$# up beyond all recognition. FUBR also.

Cluster f%^&$-- really messed up situation

Day on the beach-- one-day suspension

Land shark-- Police dog

Fireman-- sleep all day get paid big bucks

PC-- Probable cause, which equals, probable reason to stop for witnessed or suspected criminal activity

Profiling-- stopping a person based on race, sex or social ethniticity

Big House--Cops don't say big house. They use jailer for jailer and cell for cell

Blue dick chaser--female groupie

Beat wife-- sex partner on the job, usually a citizen

Detective-- dick

Security guards-- wannabes

Academy-- 26 weeks.

Duty belt-- 20-25 pounds, includes; gun and holster, 2-3 loaded magazines, 2 sets of cuffs, radio, also referred to as a Motorola, baton, keys, pepper spray. Some carry flashlights others carry it in their sap pocket (a slip down the outside of the pant leg behind the thigh below the butt.)

Sap/baton--asp; collapsible baton. Side handle PR 24. Straight stick

Hog tied-- hobbled feet and hook to hand cuffed hands behind back. Makes for a nice suitcase. Easy to pick up. Used only for combative suspects

Whitewash--Glazing over a bad situation.

Squad--the designated group of officers assigned to a specific day and shift and task

Lineup--roll call for the squad. Briefing-after line up, the squad is informed of the current status of the city and any pertinent details that may apply to that shift

PD-- Police department

In house-- inside the PD proper

10-10-- done, dead. "F-17 at the gate. 10-10." His shift is over. Or a victim can be 10-10, which in this case would mean he's dead

'Ate his gun'--the deceased put a gun into his mouth and shot himself

OD-- overdose

Grey matter-- brains

Lawyered up/ invoked-- requested attorney

Welfare check-- to ascertain the safety of a citizen

GPS--global positioning system

SWAT-- special weapons and tactics

CSI-- crime scene investigator. They do not, interview or work the investigation as a detective would. That is all Hollywood. Techs gather evidence and process it

SOP-- standard operating procedure

Forensics--Where law and science meet. The study of crime and criminal behavior

Miranda--You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to be speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense. *Once you have been read your rights, you have been Mirandized

10-3-- radio silence. Ex. 10-3 on the main

11-99-- officer down

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