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

Police Life

An American’s Right to a Second Chance

I listened to a public radio discussion on Reginald Dwayne Betts and his efforts to practice law.  Save your lawyer jokes for another day, friends, this is serious.  As I write this, the Connecticut Bar is deciding the fate of his application, and attempting to determine if he is of sufficiently “good moral character” to… Continue reading An American’s Right to a Second Chance

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

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Police Reports

I previously mentioned that I wrote a lot as a kid.  I forgot to mention that that was also one of the most common forms of punishment in my house.  My dad got kicked around a lot as a kid, so, instead of carrying that on with us, he went the opposite direction.  Never laid… Continue reading Police Reports