Every profession has its jargon or code words - but police slang can be particularly colorful. Whether the code words refer to vehicles, the actions of fellow officers, or the behavior of suspects, the slang is difficult for civilians to understand. Which is, of course, intentional.
Just as gang members use their tattoos as a sort of secret language, cops use slang to openly communicate with fellow officers without arousing suspicion from the public or those listening to chatter on police scanners. While some of the slang here is relatively innocuous, other words and phrases are controversial and potentially offensive, so are reserved mainly for police locker rooms.
A "badge bunny" is the equivalent of a police groupie. The term refers to someone, usually a woman, who loves to date cops. Some people are just drawn to men (or women) in uniform.
Usually, a badge bunny will have dated more than one police officer.1,919228Is this real cop slang?
3 Hots And A Cot
This one is a euphemism for jail, where prisoners receive three meals each day and a bed.
Another term for prison is the "Grey Bar Hotel."1,791258Is this real cop slang?
This term refers to a prostitute who works truck stops. While some cops use the term to refer to any sex worker in a trucking area, others make a clear distinction: They say prostitutes work for a living and only court single men, while "lot lizards" are in it for the thrill and don't care if a man is married with kids.
In a way, they're similar to badge bunnies, but are groupies for truckers rather than cops.1,735273Is this real cop slang?
Ride The Lightning
This phrase is code for using a taser on somebody, with the "lightning" referring to the weapon's electric shock.
PoliceOne.com gives this example: "We were fighting this guy and he wouldn't go down. Well, he went down hard after riding the lightning!"1,291332Is this real cop slang?