Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Water Jockeys Are People, Too

So, to be fair to the firefighters and EMS folks, they deserve their comedic due here, as well.  At least an Honorable Mention, right, despite my obvious bias. They actually get to span the gap between the patrol cops and detectives and live a bit in both worlds. Their crews are sometimes first on-scene, and… Continue reading Water Jockeys Are People, Too

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Comedy and Funny Dicks

One of the most common threads between all the cops I know is our dark, gallows sense of humor. There are some distinct differences between the things patrol cops and detectives see and have to laugh about. --Patrol Cops-- Uniformed cops pushing black-and-white bumpers around the town are true first responders.  They show up to… Continue reading Cop Comedy and Funny Dicks

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Memes, Pranks, and the Hilarity of Group Humiliation

Cops, collectively, are a really witty, hilarious group of people.  In the right environment, most of us coulda been stand-up comics, but the context and backdrop required to get us going is usually so dark and tragic that only serial killers would watch and laugh.  Wait, maybe we could use that as a some kinda… Continue reading Memes, Pranks, and the Hilarity of Group Humiliation

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Humor: The Hilarious Death Photo

It’s been a while since I sent out a humor blog, and I thought you might want another peek behind the curtain of what part of our cop lives are like when it’s just us and no one else is looking.  Especially when there’s no supervisor, HR, or OEO rep standing around to realize what’s… Continue reading Cop Humor: The Hilarious Death Photo

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Suicide, Getting It Right The First Time

The mental health crisis in America is crushing a substantial portion of our people and their families. This is, of course, no laughing matter. It’s sad, depressing, and I, for one, feel horrifically helpless to stem the tide. Every week, it seems like the violence, harm, and death rooted in mental health issues grows. Helpless… Continue reading Suicide, Getting It Right The First Time

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Sleep Hollow

I’ve previously mentioned the dark, gallow’s humor that infects cops and first responders. It’s a critical self-defense mechanism for us to do our jobs, complete an ugly or horrific task at hand, and move on to the next call. We can laugh or cry, and we almost never have time or the ability to cry… Continue reading Sleep Hollow

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor), Police Life

Office Parties

I simultaneously love and loath going to my wife’s office parties.  One or two folks there know what I do, but, for everyone else, they get a comical lie if they ask what I do for work.  Despite how commonplace this is for us cops, I imagine it could be a pretty misunderstood safety tactic. … Continue reading Office Parties

Books, Gallows Humor (Cop Humor), Police Life

Cop Acronyms, Slang, and Jargon

I appreciate that not everyone who reads crime books are always familiar with the Acronyms and Slang that regular cops use. So, I've put together this handy guide to help explain what things mean. A AAA - With Guns: slang for highway patrol; synonym for ‘Taillight Chaser’ Adam Henry - asshole A-Pillar - the vertical, normally-diagonal structures on… Continue reading Cop Acronyms, Slang, and Jargon

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Some of the Things Cops (Allegedly) Do To Each Other

One of the common themes in cop shows and movies is the prank.  Pulling pranks and practical jokes on the squadmates is among my other favorite pastimes.  I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you, some of which I’ve seen, others I’ve instigated, and a few, well, I’d best say I heard… Continue reading Some of the Things Cops (Allegedly) Do To Each Other

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Gallows Humor

Someone recently asked me to identify the worst thing I’ve ever laughed at.  Wow, tough call.  I have two jokes that I intentionally hang on to and use to gauge an audience.  I won’t give you punchlines, just in case we ever meet because I hate it when someone says the punchline.  So, here they… Continue reading Gallows Humor