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David Griffith

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.

Melanie Basich

Melanie Basich

Managing Editor Melanie Basich joined POLICE Magazine in 2000 (when her last name was still Hamilton). An award-winning journalist, she has covered such topics as agency budgets, officer suicide, emerging law enforcement technologies, and active shooter tactics. She writes and manages the product section of POLICE.
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The Street Cop Dictionary Gets a Mobile App

Police Magazine launches interactive Cop Slang app for the iPhone.

August 29, 2013  |  by - Also by this author

Screenshot via PoliceMag.
Screenshot via PoliceMag.
Law enforcement like any other profession has a language all its own. There are the 10 Codes, which tend to be consistent from agency to agency. And then there is the real language of law enforcement, the inside jokes, funny sayings, vulgar comments, and gallows humor that is common among men and women who wear a badge.

We call that language "cop slang," and we noticed a while back that some of these sayings, words, and phrases can be everyday lingo for officers from certain agencies and incomprehensible to others.

That's why we invented the Cop Slang feature on, which allows officers to anonymously post their own terms and definitions and even specify what agencies use them. Cop Slang is very popular on the Website, and now we are taking it to another platform.

On Monday, Police Magazine launched the Cop Slang app for the iPhone. Cop Slang on the iPhone is a handy little dictionary-style app that lets users read more than 2,500 definitions and add their own. Features built into the app let you search for the latest terms, the most popular terms, or search for specific terms by alphabetical order.

Cop Slang is available now for the iPhone for 99 cents. Get it here.

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