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

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Frank the Brain Tumor

It’s not much of a secret that cops have an off-color sense of humor.  It’s actually a critical emotional survival mechanism for us, and the irony should give us pause: the guy with the most developed Gallows Humor has likely sustained the most emotional damage and is probably at the greatest risk for mental collapse.… Continue reading Frank the Brain Tumor