List of police-related slang terms

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Many slang terms, often considered offensive, exist for police officers. These terms are rarely used by the police themselves and instead are used by criminals, prisoners or even by the general public.

Police services also have their own internal slang and jargon; some of it relatively widespread geographically and some very localized.


5-O (Five-Oh) 
US, police officers and/or a warning that police are approaching. Derived from the original television series Hawaii Five-O, which depicted an elite state-police unit/task force in the 50th State. Alternate theories hold that the term derives from the Ford Crown Victoria with the 5.0 litre Interceptor police package (but this theory has little or no verification), or from the fact that police used to drive Ford Mustang "5.0"'s. The term "Five-Oh" began being used to warn of approaching police officers in New York City's 50th Precinct, in the Bronx, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Other areas of the city and country may have derived the term from the television series noted above, but residents of the area of the Bronx within the 50th precinct began using the term because they actually live(d) in the five-oh precinct.
5's, The 
New York City Police. Police follow-up Form DD-5, which is a standard report filed by detectives during active cases.
12 (Twelve)
Police Officers, and a warning that police officers are approaching. A synonym of 5-0. Possibly[original research?] originates in the southeast U.S.– specifically Atlanta (East Atlanta/Dekalb County). The term often occurs in drug dealing contexts as a warning of the approach of police.
6 (six)
Police Officers, and a warning that police officers are approaching. A synonym of 5-0. Possibly[original research?] originates in the Downtown, San Francisco.


Iranian, Policeman. Introduced in Persian language from French agent in mid 1900. Pronounced [ɑːʒn]
Swedish, the police. From the Turkish Aynasız. Used in a derogatory way, usually in socially exposed neighborhoods.[citation needed]
UK, a police constable's personal equipment. At signing-on parade, the procedure was to give the order "show your appointments", at which the constables would produce their handcuffs, truncheons, whistles and notebooks for inspection. This was common practice up to the early 1990s. As officers now carry more equipment for their protection, having every officer produce this at the beginning of a shift would be impractical. Up until the introduction of police radios officers carried a whistle, (to signal to officers that they required assistance, and to attract the attention of the public) and 3 Old Pence so that, whilst on patrol, the officer could ring the police station from a public phone kiosk. (This amount would, of course, have varied according to the minimum cost of a call from a phone-box.)[citation needed]
Aunt's house (بيت خالتك) 
An Arabic slang used to indicate the threat of being taken by the secret police, or the police in general, especially when politics are being discussed. (For example: let's not talk about this lest we sleep in your aunt's house tonight).
Asfalt Kovboyu (Asphalt Cowboy) 
Turkish, police officers. Police officers are related to cowboys in Turkey due to their lawless acts[citation needed].
Aynasız (Plural Aynasızlar) 
Turkish, address to a police officer. The word literally means "mirrorless" and its attribution to a police officer suggests that a cop is perceived as someone who constantly accuses others of vice, whereas he himself has no mirror to see his own vice.[citation needed] It is roughly equivalent in usage to the English word pig and is commonly used when translating English-spoken movies into Turkish.
Term used by mainly Spanish speaking people that originated in prison to let others know an officer is near; believed to originate from "floor's wet".


Jamaican, establishment systems, often applied to the police. Also used in Black English outside of Jamaica .[1] Derived from the Rastafari movement which, in turn, relies upon a Babylon (New Testament) interpretation symbolising debauchery, corruption and evil-doing in general.
US, police officers. Derived from pigs; often used in the structure "I smell bacon" to ridicule and deride the presence of an officer when even barely out of earshot.
Bacon on Rye
US. A police officer who works at a DUI checkpoint.
Bacon sandwich, or Jam sandwich 
UK, a traffic car, from the colour-scheme, which used to be white with a longitudinal red, or red and yellow, stripe on each side.
Badge Bunny 
US. A woman who has sexual relations with male police officers. Also known as a "holster humper".
UK, either the police or doing something that will get one caught.[citation needed]
place where patrol vehicles are maintained.
US, police officer. Named after Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show.[citation needed]
Bat Belt 
US. A police officer's duty belt with equipment. A reference to Batman.
Greece, (singular: Batsos, in Greek: Μπάτσος). Derogatory, but the most common slang word for Greek police officers. The term comes from the word batsa ("slap") alluding to police brutality, often in relation to minors, by giving them slaps in order to intimidate and frighten them and especially when they used to serve oppressive and authoritarian governments in the recent past. "Batsos" is a common term given to police officers who use violence. The most common anti-police slogan is: Batsi, gourounia, dolofoni (cops, pigs, killers), shouted en masse at many demonstrations.
Battle Taxi 
UK (Liverpool), police van or minibus used to carry a number of officers to the scene of an incident and a similar vehicle used to carry prisoners.
Batty Squad Bike 
UK (London), derogatory, police motorcyclists.
The Bay 
US, slang term for Eastern Long Islanders. Derived from the Bay Constable and it is used when someone thinks it's a cop, but it's just the Constable.[citation needed]
Bastards in Blue
A anti-cop song by The Partisans.
US, police officer. Short for Smokey Bear, in reference to the hats worn by some law enforcement officers similar to the ranger hat worn by Smokey 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 police aircraft. "Bear in a plain brown wrapper" is an unmarked patrol car.[citation needed]. "Care Bear" is a patrol officer in the vicinity of a construction zone with lights on to encourage motorist to slow down. "Full Grown Bear" is a state patrol officer exclusively, where the term bear can refer to any police officer. Use of the word "bear" to refer to cops is from slang used by truck drivers communicating with CB radios in the 1970s and early 80s. It may now be archaic.
Swedish, the police. Originally an old Swedish word for devil, from Romani beng with the same meaning.[citation needed]
Slang term for Ukrainian riot police
Big Blue Machine 
Ontario, Ontario Provincial Police or any other large regional police service assuming policing duties and taking on the staff and resources of smaller police services. The OPP and other services thus extend the ribbing in various jokes derived from the fictional Borg of Star Trek.[citation needed]
see Old Bill "The Bill" is the title of two decades of TV soap opera in the UK, based in a fictional London borough.
Common Liverpool slang term for the police, it was invented as the police were always too "busy" to help. Also that the police are seen as "busy-bodies" i.e. that they ask too many questions.[citation needed]
Black and White 
US, usually refers to a police car, but also extends to the police themselves.[citation needed]
Black Rat 
a slang term for a (UK) traffic officer. Based on the idea that traffic officers will happily prosecute other officers if caught breaking the law. Similarly to the way a black rat will eat its own young.
Blue Collar Taxi 
Australian security officers slang for "a ride to the watch house".
Blue Heelers 
Related to a breed of dog, the Australian Cattle Dog, this term was used for the Australian police drama series Blue Heelers, but it has little if any historical or current broader usage.
Blue Meanies 
This is a 1960s hippie slang term for the police, it was used in the Beatles film the Yellow Submarine, although many viewers may not have realized its significance. First used during the Free Speech Movement about the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
UK, an archaic derogatory term for policeman that may have derived from Cockney rhyming slang and from the action of police when responding to a serious incident, as "swarming like Bluebottles", or blowflies. ("Bottle" is an abbreviation of "bottle and glass", which is rhyming slang for "arse", as in the phrase; "lost your bottle", for having lost one's nerve). (See also Bottles).[citation needed]
Blue steel 
a robotic police aid (usually a bomb disarming or disposal robot), or a police-issue side arm. Often used by officers[citation needed]
Blues and twos 
which refers to the blue lights and the two-tone siren once commonplace (although most sirens now have a range of tones like Wail, Yelp and Phaser).[citation needed]
Norwegian term, meaning Blue lights, referring to the blue emergency light on police cars.
UK, derived from the Conservative British Home Secretary, Sir Robert Peel (Bobby being a nickname for Robert) the founder of the Metropolitan Police.[2] Occurs in fixed phrases e.g. "bobby on the beat", "village bobby". Commonly used as a name of an officer in a helmet walking the streets. Special Constables are sometimes referred to as "Hobby Bobbies".
Boy Dem 
UK street slang.
Portuguese slang in urban areas. Designates the Police institution (A Bófia) and not the police officer. Obscure origin.
British police acronym referring to a lazy officer who "Books on, never goes out".
Boogie Bus 
Scottish term for extra patrol that deals with drunks and disorder.
Argentine slang for a police officer.
Egyptian term for a police, or a Central Security Forces, van or truck used for the transportation of officers or detainees, especially during protests. For its boxy look.
Boxer briefs 
Greek, a police car. It originates from a joke that refers to the police car as such, since "it carries two testicles inside", in reference to the police officers.[citation needed]
Used in Baltimore to refer to police officers.
Boys in blue 
in reference to the blue uniform.
Booze bus 
Australian Slang for police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers.
slang for Australian police referring to the badge.
Filipino slang that means "alligator". Alligators are known to have thick, plated skin, and they often flock together in an area. The Filipino word for thick is "makapal", which is a frequent word said to a police during a confrontation. "Makapal" is slang for jerk. Police in the Philippines are also conceived to have a slow response time, so aside from security guards, police officers are often not in public view.
An American term used for the police because their lights look like bubbles.
An American term usually used to refer to railroad police but may also indicate regular police officers. Also used in German ("Bulle") as a widespread insult for the police officer, sometimes in conjunction with the German word for pig "Bullenschwein".
A German slang term for a police officer. More commonly used in its plural form "die Bullen" or "die Bullerei" meaning the police. See "Bull" above.
Bully, Bullymen or Bullyman 
Old aboriginal slang for the state police in Queensland, Australia.
US, outdated term, used in urban areas, referring to more-traditional police uniforms with brass buttons.
Uruguay and Argentina. As in several other countries, police uniforms had big badges and buttons.
US, a reference to the color of most police badges.
Old Swedish slang for patrolling officers. The word is of uncertain origins and rarely used nowadays.[3]
Afrikaans word in South Africa used to refer to Police or a Police officer (Boer). Police vehicle registrations contain the letter B to distinguish them.


Officers whose jurisdiction is a university or college. It is a combination of the title Campus Police. Campo can be used in admiration or as an insult depending on the context. Most commonly used in North America.
Argentinean slang for police officers and lunfardo and Chilean slang term for jail.
Canary Legs
Canadian slang for Royal Canadian Mounted Police, referring to the yellow stripe down the outside of the pants legs of an RCMP uniform. May be regional.
Candy Car 
Australian UHF slang for a "Queensland Police High Way Patrol" car.
Care bears 
British slang (Isle of Wight) for Community Support Officers, denoting their inability to do anything more than the average citizen when a crime is committed. The name is derived from a cartoon of the same name.
Chargers, The
United States in reference to the Dodge Chargers which were issued in 2010 to many east coast police departments.
The Baltimore police force to criminals (2011).
Cheese Van 
Out dated South African slang for Police Vehicles, based on the vehicles being bright yellow.
Cherry Toppers, Cherry Tops, or Cherries 
Often used in reference to police cars which in some nations bear red lights on the top of the car. See Cherry top (slang).
Called in Punjabi/Pakistan (Just Slang and literally means fruit-covers).
UK slang term for Community Support Officers, Acronym for Completely Hopeless In Most Policing Situations[4]
California Highway Patrol Motorcycle Cop. From the show "Chips"[citation needed]
Choir Practice 
slang term officers use to tell their wives they won't be home right after work, usually because someone bought a keg or there is a bottle being passed around ("Dear, I won't be home right away, we're going to choir practice after work".)
Mexican slang term for crooked cop.
Portuguese slang for "police officer" in urban areas. Also used in Angola and Mozambique. Obscure origin.
Cinder Dick 
An old term for railroad police detective, derived from the detective having to walk on the railroad ballast rock, also known as "cinders".
Mozambique, in reference to the officers' gray uniform. One literal translation of the word would be "Little Grays".
City Kitty 
local police, such as a city or township.
City Pigs 
Used by the Zodiac Killer in regard to the police in San Francisco.
Swedish slang for police dressed as civilians. Can also be used to describe a police car with no sirens or police colors.
Scottish, rhyming slang for coco pops (the cops).
French slang for policeman or prison guard. From the slang verb "cogner" that means "beat up"
American and British slang for when an officer catches or apprehends a suspect (collared/having your collar felt). Also used in bravado between officers 'good collar' meaning good arrest or stop.
Rare New Zealand slang for police arising from their use of Holden Commodores.
US. Plastic rain cover for campaign hats typically worn by state police forces. Also a "Hat Condom".
French slang for policeman. Comes from the Maréchal (honor grade in the French army) de Condé who created the urban police authority in the 17th century
US. A quiet place for an officer to park their squad car and relax, possibly sleep.
Cop Shop 
Australian (and other Commonwealth English) slang for police station. Cop Shop was a long running Australian television series.
Cop or Copper 
The term Copper was the original, unshortened word, originally used in Britain to mean "someone who captures". (In British English the term Cop is recorded (Shorter Oxford Dictionary) in the sense of 'To Capture' from 1704, derived from the Latin 'Capere' via the Old French 'Caper').[5] The common myth is that it's a term referring to the police officer's buttons which are made of copper.
Cop derives from a Gaelic word which has the equivalence of saying, protector, leader, or chief. The terms are almost nearly homophonic but have similar meanings.
A slang term for police officers on bicycles.
Copicide aka suicide-by-cop
Slang term for a person who threatens police officers in order to get killed. A combination of cop and suicide.
Sinhala, pronounced "Cos-sa", derived from "Constable" or its localized version "Costha-pal".
County Brownie 
A slang term for a county officer because of their brown uniforms and cars.
County Mountie 
Term for the county sheriff and deputies.
UK, police officers.
A slang term for the police in Florida especially in south Florida.
Term for a policeman on a particular crime fighting spree.
Of unknown origin but may have come from the nickname used for the Royal Navy Regulating Branch.
Over emphasising of the first syllable of the police rank of "Constable".


D (plural "D's") 
(Australia) – An undercover police officer.Detective or Detectives.
Nepal, a low-post police officer with a Baton (known locally as a "Danda").
New Zealand, police detective.
Desk Jockey 
US. An officer stuck in an office position, behind a desk. Often used to refer to detectives.
Dibble or The Dibble 
Arises from the police officer in the Hanna-Barbera animated programme Top Cat. Most commonly used in Manchester.
Slang for detectives. Apparently originally coined in Canada and brought south by rumrunners during Prohibition. The fictional comic strip character Dick Tracy was given the first name of "Dick" in token of its being a slang expression for "detective". Female detectives have been called Dickless Tracy's or DT's.
Dirty Copper 
A cop who uses his position as a police officer illegally to gain personal financial benefits such as through a bribe or a seizure of stolen property or by taking drugs or money during a drug bust. The saying "The butcher brings home meat, the baker brings home bread, and the police officer brings home money" relates to Dirty Coppers. Dirty Copper also applies where one young punk asks the other young punk in the presence of or within earshot of a flatfoot policeman: "What are dirty pennies made out of?" and the other punk shouts out as loud as he or she can: "DIRTY COPPER!"
Divvy van 
Australian Slang for Police vehicle used for transporting criminals. Named after the protective 'division' between the driver and the villains.
Do-do nutters or The Do-dos 
Arises from the stereotype of police officers eating donuts.
used in many European languages as an insulting term for police similar to pig in English.
DRC or The DRC 
Dirty Rotten Cop(per).
Droid or Roham-droid
Hungarian slang for riot police, based on Star Wars (in Hungarian, rendőrség is police, rendőr is police officer, rohamrendőr is riot police officer, roham-droid is super battle droid in Star Wars).
Ducks and Geese 
Cockney rhyming slang for police.
Doughnut Commando
Used by younger or physically fit officers to refer to older or out-of-shape colleagues.
Doughnut Patrol
Derived from the video game "Godfather 2".
Doughnut Shop
Because the stereotypical cop will be seen eating doughnuts.
Doughnut Squad
Derived from an episode of "The Sopranos". Tony Soprano is in talks with Ron Zellman and he refers to the police as "The Doughnut Squad".


Australian/British for police reversed as seen through rear vision mirror. Motorway (freeway) patrol cars have police written backwards on the front – so it can be read normally in a rear view mirror.
Eye in the Sky 
American for a police helicopter pilot. Similar phrases include Bear in the Air and Spy in the Sky.


Wooden coat Hungarian slang. After the wooden guard posts placed on street corners.
Farbror Blå 
Uncle Blue Swedish slang, blue due to their appearance (color of their uniform). The nickname originates from the children's book "Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender", by Elsa Beskow, where "Uncle Blue" is one of the characters.
Fatal Four 
Australian – Queensland police specialized high way patrol cars targeting the "Fatal Four" driving related deaths 1)Seat belts 2)Drink driving 3)Speeding 4)Driving Tired.
Usually used in the United States to refer to higher federal law enforcement agencies, especially the F.B.I., recently caught on in Great Britain owing to the spread of American media. Also widely used in Australia as a slang term for Australian Federal Police.
Spanish, the Mexican Federal Police. The term gained widespread usage by English-speakers due to its popularization in films. The term is a cognate and counterpart to the slang "Feds" in the United States.
Often used derogatorily in the United States by municipal and state officers to refer the F.B.I. when they feel a possible jurisdictional confrontation.
Normally "The Filth", UK, the police. Inspiration for the Irvine Welsh novel Filth[6] Also common in Australia and New Zealand, as with many other originally British police-related terms (especially given Australia's origins as a Commonwealth Nation with strong British influences, notably in law and policing origins).
(Name of city)'s Finest 
Used in either admiration, or slightly derisive irony, in the US and UK. In New York City, the term has been adapted to other civil servants, such as "New York's Bravest" (the Fire Department), "New York's Strongest" (the Department of Sanitation), and "New York's Boldest" (the Department of Correction).
First Bunch of Idiots 
Referring to the F.B.I., the federal law enforcement arm of the United States.
Fish Cop 
Derogatory term for Fish and Wildlife Officers and Conservation Officers in Canada, particularly Alberta and British Columbia.
Fist Bandit Teamsters 
Refers to SWAT teams in Australia.
Originated from the 1960s show Hawaii Five-O.
A Swedish breed of black and white cows. Refers to the black and white squad cars used by Swedish police earlier.
A term that refers to the large amount of walking that a police officer would do, thus causing flat feet.
Flat Top
A term for a police car without lights on top, also called a "slick top".
French slang for a policeman. Commonly used in the form les flics.
Belgian slang for a policeman. It is derived from the French word Flic. The word is mainly used in the Flemish part of Belgium. There is also a known police series called "Flikken".
UK, as in "police force".
Turkish slang term for the police. Usage of this term reached its peak in the 1960s and 1970s among the university youth, especially those with a left-wing tendency or those otherwise inclined to partake in political demonstrations. The term is believed to derive from the pop brand Fruko, as the officers of Toplum Polisi (Community Police – a special police unit formed in 1965 to deal with public demonstrations and other politically influenced incidents -) riding on their vans in groups of 6 or more wearing their oval hard hats resembled pop bottles juxtaposed in a bottle container. (Plural: Frukolar)
Folks or Tha Folks 
Southern Louisiana, rarely used.[citation needed]
Floor's wet 
Term used to let fellow inmates know a Corrections Officer is in the wing or on the "floor".
First appeared in the 1920s,[7] corruption of "force" (see above). The term was used in the title of Hot Fuzz, a 2007 police-comedy film.
Fuzzy Muff
Similar to the Fuzz created by the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in the Ali G show.


US, slang, for Federal Bureau of Investigation, or "government men". "The G" is sometimes used to refer to federal law enforcement collectively.
The Gaver or Gavvers 
Alternatively Cockney rhyming slang for the police—unknown origin—London, or a Romani language word for the police. (Rom words are used in British English and Cockney.) Also used in context with Gaver Wagons, mainly in the London, Kent and other parts of South-East of England.
Colloquial for police officers in Poland, stands for "copper" also: Gliniarze, singular: "Glina" or "Gliniarz". Translated as "Cop".
The official secret police of Nazi Germany. Derogatory reference to police officers who supposedly ignore civil rights.
Identical to Gestapo, derogatory, used primarily in the United States during the Vietnam War to refer to officers charged with policing anti-war protests. Merging of the words "Gestapo" and "Cop".
Going Downtown 
US, to go to jail. As in "You're going downtown".
Ghetto Bird 
US slang term for police helicopters in impoverished areas.
(Nepali language) As front hard part of the police peak cap is faced down,[clarification needed] people would say Oi Ghoptay aayo, luka luka, meaning "hey cop is coming, hide it hide it" or simply Oi Ghoptay! Ghoptay! ("Hey cop! Cop!").
Ghost Car
Canadian slang for an unmarked police car.
Cockney (English) for a police informant: Grasshopper = Copper.[8] An alternative suggestion is "Narc in the Park".
Gravel Road Cops or Grid Road Cops 
Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police "GRC" is abbreviation for "Gendarmerie Royale du Canada", the French name for RCMP, who often work in rural settings with un-metalled roads.
Green Team 
Tampa, FL. Hillsborough County Sheriffs Drug "VICE" Unit that wear green and sometimes look like ninjas.
(Gray in Spanish, plural Grises). Slang for the members of the "Cuerpo de Policía Armada y de Tráfico", Spanish police force during Francisco Franco dictatorship.
US, slang for a Florida Highway Patrol/State Trooper.
Grouper Trooper
US, slang, an officer of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Australian slang for criminal underclass, offender.
Grüne Minna 
("Green Minna"), German slang for police van.
Grün-weisser Partybus 
German slang for police van. Translates into "Green-white party bus". Derives from the song sung by protestors when the police arrived at the scene, about "partying in the green-white bus".
Australian slang for police.
The Guards 
Irish Police, from Garda Síochána; (Garda Síochána na hÉireann – Irish for "Guard(ians) of the Peace of Ireland").
US, derogatory, slang for detectives, who are ostensibly wearing soft-heeled shoes or Hush Puppy shoes so they can follow suspects without being noticed.
Gumball Machine 
US, slang for the old rotator-style light bars used by police forces. ("He's got his gumball machine going.")


A prison guard (Example: Richie: The other one, Mark Mack, is already dead. Besides, why should the hacks listen to me now? I say Schillinger did it, they say prove it. I have no proof. (Richie from the HBO Series Oz)[9])
Ham Sandwich 
A weapon planted by authorities to provide false evidence for prosecution of a suspect.
Mike Thames: "A ham sandwich is a clean gun that they would take and put it in, like, an old pair of jeans or britches, or whatever you want to call it. And they'd let it sit there and get some lint on it. Then after they let it sit in there, then you put it in a plastic bag."
A.C. Thompson: "Some former officers we've talked to have said, 'Hey, this was an underground culture.' They would carry around something they called a ham sandwich, and they would plant that ham sandwich at the scene of officer-involved shootings."
(From the PBS Series Frontline – Law & Disorder)[10]
Harness Bull 
American; a uniformed police officer. Example: ...a large harness bull arrived in his archaic blue uniform with gun and star. (Philip K Dick, from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, 1968)
The Heat 
American; putting the heat on someone. (Example: in the line What a field day for the heat (Stephen Stills, "For What It's Worth" from Buffalo Springfield, 1967), Stills is referring to the police.)
Heavy or Heavies 
Cockney rhyming slang for the Flying Squad, from the Heavy Mob, (see also Sweeney).
Hungarian, perhaps come from Yiddish.
Australian, Police Helicopter.
American abbreviated slang referring to the Highway Patrol.
Used in England to refer to Special Constables, who work for the police and wear the same uniforms. The nickname implies such people are working as police officers as a hobby or pastime.
A Malaysian Chinese Hokkien term used to refer police.
The Hook 
American: Refers to the hook used in cartoons to snatch someone from a stage.
American: Usually refers to a crooked policeman. Rap songs refer to a horse as "A pig that don't fly straight".
A Canadian term referring to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Variation: Mounties.
Hot Brass Dance 
US. The "dance" a shooter does at the shooting range when a hot ejected casing goes down their shirt or behind their safety glasses.
Hot Dogs 
a Chinese term referring to stationary traffic cops and guards who are standing in the sun all day.


Irish Mafia 
Slang for the clique of Irish-American police officers in the New York City Police Department.
Iron Jockstrap 
Halifax, Nova Scotia. Comes from the perceived uptightness of police officers.


Bacon sandwich, or Jam sandwich [or Jam Sambo]
UK, police traffic car, from the now largely obsolete historical colour-scheme – an overall white vehicle, with a longitudinal red, or red and yellow, stripe on each side. "Sambo" is a slang for sandwich. (Though this colour-scheme is dated. Most services have moved, or are in the process of moving, to checkered Battenburg markings.)
Jack The Bag 
A notorious guard in West Limerick infamous for covering suspects face with a bag or pillowcase and beating them profusely with a phone book (yellow pages).
A common term used for police in the UK and Australia, derived from "John Darme" a joking Anglicization of "gendarme" (French for police officer) and then – per common usage – John becomes Jack (or, in this case, the plural "Jacks").
Cockney rhyming slang Old Bill, turned to Jack and Jill, turned to Jacks.
A common term used and created in New York City, meaning "all right" or "satisfactory".
A Finnish slang term for the police.
A contraction of the Finnish slang term "jepari".
Job, The 
A reference amongst officers to being a member of a police force ("Don't shoot. I'm on the Job ....") or to the police department as an entity ("The Job said that officers would not be permitted to moonlight any more ...").
John Q. Law or Johnny Law 
Used across the United States. Sometimes shortened to John or Johnny.
Johnny Hopper 
Cockney rhyming slang for copper (q.v.)
Portuguese slang for the Judiciary Police (Polícia Judiciária). Judite is Portuguese for Judith.
Jundanares, Jundos 
Caló (gyspy) for Spanish Guardia Civil.
Spanish slang term used by Mexicans mostly in California but is also used by other Hispanics in other parts of the world such as El Salvador.
Jury Fuckers
(Australian Slang) Used by Detectives to describe traffic police who supposedly turn public opinion against all Police in general.


Police patrols using dogs, or the dogs themselves ("He is a K-9 patrol officer.") Homophone of "canine".
Israeli, derogatory. Lit. "rabies".
Used in Austria, derogatory. Lit. "hat rack".
Used in Kenya to refer to police; Seen as derogatory, source is the sheng language (mashup of English and Kiswahili)[11]
Serbian slang, means dogs. The term is considered offensive even for a dog itself.
Finnish, derogatory. From the German "Gestapo".
French, slang, of uncertain origin (one meaning is given as being short for "flic" " Keufli" in reverse – see verlan).
Khaki Kutta 
India, derogatory, of police constables. Translates as Brown, or Khaki, Dog, from the colour of their uniform, which resembles the colour of feral dogs. Often used for crooked officers.
(sometimes Kiwerer) Austrian, esp. Viennese derogatory slang for police officers, or police in general ("Kiberei"). Most likely of Yiddish origin, either "kewjus" (security) or "kiben" (to rant).
Kiddie Cop 
US. School resource officer or a school district police officer.
Kissalan pojat 
The Finnish name for The Katzenjammer Kids, used as a slang term for the police.
Knock and talk 
US. When an officer talks to someone at their residence without a warrant.
old Dutch word.
Kodiak (with a Kodak) 
CB slang for a police car with a radar, see "Bear".
Hungarian, meaning sleuth or beagle.
Russian, referring to OMON policeman equipped with riot gear (literally "cosmonaut").[12][13]
A Finnish slang term for the police, literally meaning "hook".
Polish, from "curb", designating an officer patrolling the neighbourhood on foot.
Bulgarian, both words derive from "hook" with associations once you hooked there's no escape.
Finnish, derogatory, of police officers. Translates as someone snooping, staring or ogling.


Edinburgh, UK slang for policeman. Contraction of "Lothian And Borders" (regional police force) + dick.
Lampa [pronounced lamba or laba] 
Greek slang. Refers to a police car, because of their roof beacons (Greek Police cars don't have light bars).
Law or The Law 
Probably an abbreviation of the phrase "The long arm of the law" (suggesting that no matter how far they run, all criminals are eventually caught and prosecuted successfully).
A term originated in Houston, Texas.
La Joda
Spanish slang for cops pronounced: "Hoda", a verb similar to the English "mess with" or "fuck with." La Joda are those who are messing with you.
Term used for police, but more often used for off-duty police officers.
International, acronym for "Law Enforcement Officer". A generalized term for police officers.
Legawye (pl)
Russian Легавые sg Легавый. Literally "gundog", "pointer". This was logo of Moscow Investigation Department in 1928.
A British term used in the police force to refer to uniformed officers, owing to their distinctive helmets.
Lilly, The Lilly or Lilly Law 
From the UK slang form Polari. Used in the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Little Bears 
Term used for local police of a city or town.
Bulgarian, used in the 80's as a nickname for Milicia car, associating it with Russian moonwalker vehicle.


Spain, slang, derogatory for police officers (plural: los maderos, la madera). Translates as "wood." Reference to the brown uniforms formerly worn by the Policía Nacional.
la Madama / le Madame 
Italian, slang, meaning the State Police/the policemen. Featured also in Monicelli's movie "I soliti ignoti".
Maison poulaga 
French, slang, derogatory, of police officers and police stations. Means roughly "henhouse".
Mama/Mamu (Maman in the south) 
Indian. Derogatory. Hindi (Malayalam in south) word which means maternal uncle. Sarcastic reference to a policeman.
The Man 
US/UK, common term used frequently throughout the 1960s and 1970s during the Vietnam War. Often indicating an omnipotent figure within advanced societies.
Israel, often referring to Military Policemen but also to regular police and prison guards ("maniacs").
(Little map in Spanish) for highway patrol because of the little map displayed on the side of their units.
(Mums brother in pothwari, a language from Pakistan). Used by British Pakistani's to describe police officers are around them or used as a warning to alarm someone who may be a criminal.
Malaysia and Singapore. Malay word for eye.
The Matrix 
UK slang for police in general.
The police force that preceded the Gendarmerie as the law enforcement agency in rural France. The Marechaussee was under the control of the Marechal (eng: Marshall) de France, hence the name. In the Netherlands, the koninlijke marechaussee remains the military police force with civilian powers similar to the French Gendarmerie. The gendarmerie was established after the French revolution. French slang, mostly used in rural areas and aimed to the gendarmes.
Meat Wagon 
UK. a police van.
Canadian. Military police, the term dates as far back as World War II, when other corps of the Canadian army also had "head" names. The name for the military police refers to perceived intellectual capacity. The Engineers were known as Thumper Heads, from a hand-held post driving tool called a thumper, and the Armoured corps as "Zipper Heads", from a helmet featuring a number of zippers to allow concurrent use of head phones.
Canada. Internal slang, used in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to refer to fellow Mounties, in place of the usual "officer" or "constable" (or equivalent) in other police forces.
Russian (мент, pl menty менты). Origins of the word are the older Romanian border mounted guard part of uniform – the short windcoat named "ment".
Norwegian slang, the Norwegian word for "brass".
Uruguay and Argentina. Coming from "militar", the Spanish word for military. Once police in those countries was a military institution, not a civil one.
Nadsat slang for Policemen, derived from the Russian "Militsiya" (Used in A Clockwork Orange).
(ru мильтон) rarely using in contemporary for militia men in Russia.
Sometimes spelled Mingara Kaingara. From traveller slang especially Newark, Nottinghamshire, England.
Viennese slang for police officer, because it was said many of them came from Mistelbach in Lower Austria.
Mizzder Berllizeban Badger. ("Mr Policeman Badger")
UK, literary. The constable in the Rupert Bear stories by Mary Tourtel.
Mr. Plod, P.C. Plod or Plodder 
UK, slang, literary, (also used in Australia) from the Noddy books by Enid Blyton, in which Mr. Plod was the village policeman.[14] "Plod" has also commonly been used by the British police themselves, as has its (generally disparaging) female equivalent "plonk".
Mock Pork 
Derogatory term for security personnel, inferring "Pig".
Spain, slang, derogatory, collective term in reference to the police officers' uniform.
Heard being used as a collective noun for Police by Aborigine Australians in Western Australia near Northam.
Canada, colloquial, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The Mustached Pagoda 
Canada, slang, originally coined in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A surrealist term, it was first used prominently by the Cerealbowl Collective, intended as a confusing and somewhat ambiguous insult.
acronym of Most Useless Police Person Ever Trained.
A Serbo-croatian term for police, with a singular "murjak". True origin somewhat unknown.
gypsy or Romani term.
in Russia plural unusing in other situations to "musor" (ru мусор) literally translated as "garbage". Origins – in obsolete abbreviation ru МУС (MUS) fully Московский уголовный сыск (Moskowskii ugolownyi sysk, Moskow criminal investigations)


Nab Jones 
Southern United States term for traffic police.
US, abbreviated form of "Narcotics Agent"; not to be confused with the following term
UK, abbreviated form of Copper's Nark a term used in Great Britain for an informant.
Nazi Stormtrooper 
UK, relating to subjective observation that police act like German soldiers of the same name.
New York's finest 
US, referring, sometimes ironically, to the New York Police Department, the largest police force in the country.
Zimbabwe slang for Police officer (Ngoh-n-joh).
Nickers, Nicknicks 
UK, uncommon British terms, being a pun on "knickers" (female underwear). As the term is spoken not written the silent "k" in knickers is not obvious. Derives from officers "nicking" a suspect, i.e. arresting them, and taking them to "the nick" i.e. the police station.
Night Jack 
English police slang for a detective working night shift. Jack referring to the detective.
Tampa & Miami, police officers. Called nine because they are said to come in wolf packs, such as nine at a time.
Noddy Bike 
UK police, slang term for an LE Velocette motorcycle, widely used for patrol before cars became more widespread. Popular because of their ease at moving through traffic.


Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police.
Old Bill 
A term in use in London among other areas, inspiring the television series The Bill. The origin of this nickname is obscure; according to the Metropolitan Police themselves, there are at least 13 different explanations.[15]
One Time 
A term, mostly used on the U.S. West Coast, that has been given numerous explanations, including: the idea that if one is arrested, it only takes "one time" to be put away (convicted); Also used when a group of people are standing together and one notices a police officer, the one person will say "one time" as he has already looked and saw the police no one else look or it will draw attention ; Used in prisons when a corrections officer is on the floor.
Norwegian meaning "uncle" as in "be careful, uncle is watching you".
Other People 
Used in J.J. Connolly's Layer Cake to refer to the police.


A derogatory Chilean term for Carabineros, the national police force of Chile. In Costa Rica, a familiar term for police, loosely derogatory. The term comes from the nickname 'Paco' given to Francisco Calderón, a Security Minister in the 1940s.[16]
Paddy Wagon 
A police van. Originated in the United States, but it's also used in Australia.
Panda Car 
UK, a police car. Named because they were originally painted with large panels of black and white, or blue (usually light blue) and white. First started by the Lancashire Constabulary in the 1960s.
Indian constabulary (and not officers) were recruited mostly from village areas. Derived from Marathi movie "Pandu Hawaldar" where the protagonist is a constable named as Pandu.
Serbo-Croatian derogatory term for a police officer (plural Pandurija, as a term for the police in general). In its origin, it was the Pandurs,[disambiguation needed] who served as the watchmen on the Austrian Military frontier.
Danish slang for police officer. Derived from the slang word "panser".
Panier à salade 
French, old slang for a police van (meaning "salad shaker"). Comes from the grillaged windows of the vans used during the 1970s and 1980s, reminding of a salad shaker.
Belittleing Danish slang for policemen. "Basse" or "bassemand" is similar to the English words "hubby" or "big boy", which is why the slang is suggesting the policemen are fat and harmless.
Party Van 
Internet slang for Police or FBI van.[citation needed]
Finnish, derogatory. Literally means "hat (full) of shit".
Spain, slang, derogatory term for police.
Term used in the Hunger Games who enforced law.
Pedal Bacon 
UK, Police on Bicycles.
Peeler, Peelers 
UK, slang, archaic, from Sir Robert Peel (see 'Bobby'); it has largely disappeared in mainland Britain, is often used in Northern Ireland, sometimes pejoratively. Canada, colloquial, refers to Peel Regional Police Service in Ontario, Canada. Considered derogatory as "peeler" is slang for a striptease dancer.
US. A slang word for the police term coined by the San Francisco Bay Area rap artist E-40.
US. Short for "perpetrator". A criminal.
Perp Walk 
US. A slang term for dramatically parading an arrested subject (the perpetrator or "perp") in shackles before the press for no other purpose than for the photo-op. On frequent occasions, notorious subjects already in custody are taken out of jail and sent out the back door of a police station, only to be driven around the corner and then removed from the vehicle in order to convey an impression that the suspect is first arriving at the police station.
Portuguese slang for PVDE (Polícia de Vigilância e Defesa do Estado, or Police for the Vigilance and Defence of the State), the political police that existed from 1933 to 1945. The word literally means "pip" (the seed), being derived from the police's acronym. After PVDE was renamed PIDE (1945–1969) the term died out.
This derogatory term was frequently used during the 19th century, disappeared for a while, but reappeared during the 20th and 21st century. It became frequently used again during the 1960s and 1970s in the underground and anti-establishment culture. Now prevalent in many English-speaking countries.[17] It is also used in anti-authoritarian punk and hip-hop circles. Oz magazine showed a picture of a pig dressed as a policeman on a front cover.[18]
US – Arrest, UK – Steal
Derogatory term (plural: pitufos) often used in Spain for members of both the Policía Nacional and the Policía Municipal due to the blue color of their uniforms. Taken from the characters of The Smurfs (Los Pitufos in Spanish).
(private job) Australian slang for personal errands carried out by Police during their work shift. i.e.: paying bills, purchasing goods, etc.
A commonly Spanish slang term used by Mexicans on the West Coast.
Plastic Policemen 
UK. A term used for Community Support Officers as they only have the same powers of arrest as civilians. Likening them to a toy policeman (fake).
Plain Brown Wrapper 
Most commonly used by truck drivers over the CB radio, in reference to unmarked vehicles and plainclothes police officers, usually of local or state jurisdictions.
Colloquial term used by Australian state police to refer to the Australian Federal Police.
Swedish slang term for prison guard or police. The original meaning is a kind of small sword which used to be carried by prison guards and policemen.
An allusion to Mr Plod the Policeman in Enid Blyton's Noddy stories for children, to plod meaning to walk doggedly and slowly with heavy steps.[19] Also known as "PC Plod".
Police slang for female officer.
Slang term for prison. From the word meaning "small".
German slang term for police.
A Finnish slang term. Literally means "bollard" (a post for fastening boats), but a more probable etymology is simply a colloquial form of the word poliisi ("police").
A Scottish slang term for Police.
Pols or Poles 
Canada, usually plural phrase "the pols".
(ru pl полицаи sg полицай) – in Russia after renaming Russian police reform (ru Полиция Politzia) in March 2011. From German word "Polizei".
A term commonly used by members of the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to refer to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Po-po or Po 
A term used commonly in North America as seen in the TV show The Wire.
Porky or Porker 
From the Porky Pig cartoon and variation on "pig", usually specific to small town officers embodying the doughnut stereotype, "porker" variant may relate to "copper", also a slang word used by Australian officer's in regards to a suspect telling a lie during an interview.
French, translates as "chicken", derogatory. As in, Q: What do you get when the police station catches fire? A: "poulet rôti" (roast chicken).
Nepalese for police.
Polish for "dogs", singular – "pies", squad cars or police vans are often called "suki", which means "bitches", singular – "suka", because there are dogs inside.
Mexican, derogatory, slang. Spanish for pig.
Norwegian, derogatory. The word "purke" means female pig, probably derives from American movies where police can often be called "pig"
La Pula
Italian and Italian-American slang. Shortened form of polizia.
Abbreviation of the rank "Police Constable". Also used by the Ontario Provincial Police to abbreviate "Provincial Constable". Constable is used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and most other ex-British Empire countries.
Police Woman. Sometimes considered derogatory or merely impolite. See also WPC.


Queen's Cowboys/Men 
Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Singapore, derives from the number plate that started with QX.


British slang derived from pigs (i.e. rashers of bacon).
Ratazanas (plural) 
Used in Portuguese language for police officers, meaning rats.
Argentinean slang term for police officers derived from "rata" (rat). Also derived from vesre pronunciation of tira, since older police uniforms would feature a leather strap across the officer's chest.[20]
Rats / Black Rats 
1970s - 1980s colloquial name used by beat officers to describe members of the Metropolitan Police's Roads Policing Unit.
Short for RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
Red Dogs & Black Dogs 
A VICE type drug unit in Atlanta & Metro ATL.
Red Cap 
Military Police, see also Royal Military Police
Use in German language as slang term for the Autobahn highway police, roughly translates to "racing officials".
US, slang term for Security Guard or Campus Police officer.
A term for the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) ceremonial red coats which they wear.
Rez Cop 
Derogatory, officer employed on or for an Indian Reservation/First Nations or Tribal Police.
An American term believed to have originated in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also a connection for when police car lights are turned on because they roll in circles.
US. Acronym for "Retired on duty". Used by officers to refer to other less proactive officers who only do the minimum required work while on duty.
French[21]In the 18th century undercover detective in high society were dressed in redish (roussâtre) long jacket.
From 'Robert', after Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850), commonly considered the father of modern policing, and who established the Metropolitan Police Force in London (1829). More commonly used in comedy TV and Film.


Danish slang for police van. Directly translates to "salad platter".
Italian slang for policeman. It's a very vulgar word, used mainly by criminals.
Used in Austria, origin "Gendarmerie".
Technically, a slang term for a prison guard and not for a police officer.
An old Liverpudlian term, which came to prominence in the 1960s Merseyside-set BBC television series Z-Cars.
(grease) German slang, mostly southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria, for police.
Schmig(s), Schmigglers 
A variation on Pig, originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the early 1980s.
Used in France, origin unknown (possibly based on German).
Used in west and south west Ireland. Derived from the Irish (Gaelic) term "Se d'og", pronounced Shay Dowgs, meaning "Little Johns" originally referring to the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) – British Army soldiers in Ireland were called "Johns", so the British controlled police force (the RIC) were called "Little Johns". "Shay Dowgs" became shortened to "Shades".
Old NYPD term for Internal Affairs officer. Now known as "Rats" or "Rat Squad".
Incident requiring urgent attention – typically put out over general channels on police radio.
A Finnish slang term, literally meaning the liverwort (Anemone hepatica). Comes from the bluish colour of the flower resembling the characteristic blue uniforms of the Finnish police forces. This is emphasised by the word sini ("blue") in the flower's Finnish name.
Used in the Netherlands, origin from Suriname, which used to be part of the Netherlands.
Colloquial name used to describe career criminals in the 1970s by sections of the Metropolitan Police.
Swedish slang for police van, usually referred to riot police vans. Literally "Butchers van".
A criminal or lowlife, typically a drug addict who is extremely thin as the result of malnutrition as he/she binges on narcotics and other drugs (NYPD).
A Helsinki slang term for a police officer.
Slick Top 
A term for a police car without a light bar on top.
A term from the CB Radio fad of the 1970s. See "Bear", above. Smokey Bears are usually those that belong to a Highway Patrol or State Police agency in the United States.
Used in Greece and Poland. Because the blue colour of police uniforms is like the Smurfs.
Små Blå 
Danish slang for police officers. Translates into "Little blue ones". Små Blå is also a Danish brand of liqorice vodka shots sold in tiny glass bottles.
An African-American term used mostly in North America.
A slang used in Norway and Sweden, coming from "snute" which is "nose on a dog" describing that the police "sniffs".
Australian term for officers of the Special Operations Group.
Caribbean term derived from the Delta Squad in Saint Kitts and Nevis and the rest of the Anglophone Caribbean.
A reference to the noise a pig makes. In the UK, squealer, or grass, is used to denote someone who informs on their criminal confederates.
A term used in Northern Ireland by the Republicanist/Catholic Community particularly during a riot. SS from the German secret police and RUC from the former name of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (Now Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI)).
State boy 
A US state trooper. Usually used in the Midwest.
Refers to State Troopers, used throughout New England.
UK and Australia – similar to filth.
Danish slang for police officer.
Danish slang for police officer. Pronounced "Stroehmah".
Suicide by Cop 
American. Occurs when a suspect behaves in a manner that provokes or compels the police kill him, such as by holding hostages or threatening officers or civilians with a weapon or what appears as a weapon.
Members of the Metropolitan Police CID as referred to by their uniformed colleagues.
Summon Auntie 
Singapore. Used to refer to middle-aged female traffic wardens who place a summons on vehicles violating parking laws.
Super Troopers 
Became a common name in Vermont for police in that state after the release of the movie Super Troopers.
Hedgehog Hungarian slang, during the 2006 protest against the Hungarian Government, policemen used a formation called hedgehog (sün in Hungarian). This comical situation became a widespread meme in the country and eventually policemen were given the name "sün". ("s" in Hungarian sholuld be pronounced as "sh")
Norwegian word meaning "black trouble or noise" referring to the old big police vans that where black, usually when "Svartemarja" arrives, they come to transport prisoners or contained several officers to break up fights and such
Cockney rhyming slang for the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad, from Sweeney Todd, inspiring the television series The Sweeney, (see also Heavy).
Comes from pig (see above).


Argentinean lunfardo term for police officers. Derived from their habit of cutting the gangster's heels (tacos) in the early 20th century.
The Thin Blue Line
The role of the police in being the barrier between civilized society and chaos, inspiring a UK sitcom and two documentaries of the same name. This led to policemen involved in entrapping gays being ironically referred to as "The Thin Blue Jeans".
Bangladeshi term for police, possibly derived from Indian "thulla."
Northern-Indian/Pakistani Hindi/Urdu term for a cop with a baton (known locally as a "laathi").
Tinned Pig 
derogatory term in some areas of southern England to refer to police in police cars.
Mexican slang for police car or policeman.
Brazilian slang for policeman.
Tit-Heads or Tits 
Rarely used derogative British term for uniformed police officers originating in the shape of traditional UK police custodian helmet worn by patrolling (male) officers which are or were a similar shape to a large female breast – as in the phrase (to a policeman) "take the tit off your head" meaning "relax" or "imagine you are not on duty".
Largely used in Perú, and in some parts of Colombia to call police officers. Etymological origin its based in an inversion of the Spanish word for button. In the early twentieth century the uniforms of the Peruvian police officers had very big buttons. The word is "botón" in Spanish. The thieves inverted the word "Ton-bo". You could see that the inversion is "Tonbo", with an "n", and not "tombo" with "m", but in Spanish an "n" cannot precede a "b".
Town Clown 
Town or city police officers, contrasted with county or state police. Usually considered derogatory.[22]
TP (plural TP's) 
Abbreviation of Traffic Police, used in Singapore.
A term coined in South Florida (Palm Beach County). Made famous by the song "Troll Down".
Swiss German slang for rozzers.
Dog in Basque referring to police officers, similar to the use of "dog" in English.
Twig Pig 
Forest Ranger/Woods Cop.
Rarely used in reference to police cars bearing red and blue lights on top of the car (only in Victoria, Australia and Los Angeles).[citation needed]
Tyre Biters 
A term typically used for country police officers because of their habit of being involved with frequent car chases.


A term originally used by non-uniformed officers (detectives) for officers in uniform. An example of synecdoche.
A term often used in Scotland for a mobile squad of uniformed Police, term originates from the 1960s US TV series.
German, slang, used e.g. in Upper Franconia, literally means "teaser".
Short for University Police, used as a derogatory term towards campus police in some areas of the US.


Van Dangos 
Southern Arizona term for officers who patrol University Campuses.
Tampa & Miami drug unit Police that swarm out of nowhere to bust unsuspecting drug dealers


Australian, from "wallop", meaning to hit or beat.
German slang term for a police van (Mercedes Benz T2), especially in Berlin. "Wanne" means bathtub.
UK, derogatory, from the recent adoption of Safety Yellow jackets by various Constabularies for uniformed officers in various roles, as with Bluebottles, from the "swarming" of officers at an incident. Also used in Washington state, United States in reference to the Washington State Patrol.
UK slang for a police helicopter (calque of Whirly-bird, an old term for a helicopter, with pig).
US, slang, from the Southern States & New York City, in reference to a patrol car's siren.
UK, derogatory, used by plain-clothes officers in reference to the uniformed branch. Possibly a reference to the 1950s children's TV series The Woodentops, declining use.
UK, derogatory, used by plain-clothes officers in reference to the uniformed branch.
Dutch, derogatory, police officers.



Argentine lunfardo for police officers.
Yagallo or Yagello 
Lovari (gypsy) word for police.
Yellow Fever 
Nigeria. Reference in pidgin to the Nigerian Police Force (Traffic Division). Traffic wardens wear bright orange khaki shirts.


Turkish slang. Plural "Zarbolar".
Zsaru, zsernyák, zsandár 
Hungarian slang. From the French gendarmerie.
US. Reference to the black and white colour of some police vehicles.
Spain. Reference to the Citroën ZX, in common use by Police patrol units in Spain in the 1980s and 1990s.


Danish slang for motorcycle police. Translates into "egg shell". Is used because of Danish motorcycle cops' white helmets. May have originated in the 60's or 70's as the helmets back then looked more similar to half an egg shell.


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