Unspeakable Times

Police Slang You Should Know If You Aren't A Complete Mope 

Rachel Souerbry
Updated April 17, 2019 5.7k votes 1.2k voters 127.9k views 16 items

List Rules Law enforcement only: vote up the terms and phrases you actually use and hear on the job.

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.

Badge Bunny

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. 

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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."

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Lot Lizard

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.

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A "ghetto bird," or sometimes just "bird," is slang for a police helicopter.

The term is most commonly used in Southern California.

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