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David Griffith has been editor of POLICE Magazine since December 2001. He brings more than 25 years of experience on magazines and newspapers to POLICE. A Maggie award-winning journalist, his byline has appeared on hundreds of articles in POLICE and other national magazines.

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Editor's Notes

PoliceMag Launches Police Terms Dictionary

Enjoy a fun and educational dictionary of law enforcement terms.

May 17, 2012  |  by


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Screenshot: PoliceMag

Law enforcement has a language all its own, and that language can be confusing, even to fellow officers. Terms and slang used in one jurisdiction can be incomprehensible in a nearby jurisdiction.

With that in mind, Police Magazine has introduced the new user-interactive Police Dictionary to Officers can search for terms or enter their own terms and definitions. You'll feel right at home if you've ever looked up a term on the Urban Dictionary website.

The feature should be fun as well as educational. Here's a sampling of a few of the terms, we've included in the Police Dictionary—Beat Feet, Habbeus Grabbus, Skell, and The Butler Did It.

Look for these and other terms in the Police Dictionary. We've asked officers for terms to get the list started, but it's by no means complete. Please add your own terms or alternate definitions to existing ones.

Also, the dictionary allows you to rate the terms thumbs up or down based on how accurate the definition is. This should be a living dictionary, so please don't be shy about using it. Enjoy!

Comments (3)

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James Petrice @ 8/24/2012 3:50 AM

Abbreviation: CMCEBKLL Challenge Made, Challenge Excepted, Butt Kicked, Lesson Learned.

James Petrice @ 8/24/2012 3:50 AM

Abbreviation: CMCEBKLL Challenge Made, Challenge Excepted, Butt Kicked, Lesson Learned.

Tom Mills @ 8/28/2012 7:33 AM

DRT - Dead Right There. Actually thought up by my former Undersheriff Doug Vredenburgh when he was working w/ the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office in Willmington NC.

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