Test Your Cop Knowledge


I’m away at the Writers Police Academy in Hamilton, Ohio, so my blogging is going to be a little sporadic. As you read this today we’ll be taking tours of the county morgue and local police station. There’ll be presentations by prosecutors, defense attorneys, arson investigators, and canines and their handlers. Also, we’ll be conducting some wonderful workshops lasting until midnight!

On Saturday we’ll all be busy teaching writers how to handcuff bad guys (that’s right, this is an actual hands-on conference), dust for fingerprints, and the proper procedure for stopping a car full of dangerous felons. Oh, did I mention we’ll be doing this with a real patrol car complete with lights, siren, and guns?

In the meantime, please take a moment to test your knowledge of cops and robbers by answering the following questions:

1) BOLO has replaced the use of APB (All Points Bulletin). True or false?

2) A robbery is when a bad guy breaks into your home and steals your DVD player. True or false?

3) A civilian can entrap a bad guy. True or false?

4) A ghetto bird is another name for a pigeon. True or false?

5) Hooch is a street nickname for a prostitute. True or false?

6) OIC is texting code for “Oh I’m Cute. True or false?

7) UC stands for Undercover Officer. True or false?

8) Utter means to pass a bad or forged check. True or false?

9) A process server is someone who waits tables in a cop bar. True or false?

10) Crooks convicted of serious felonies, such as murder, serve their sentences in county jails. True or false?

I’ll check in from time to time throughout the day to see how you’re doing.

By the way, no news is good news on Fridays. We have another week with no officer deaths to report. However, a couple officers were shot by suspects. Thankfully the officers lived.

9 replies
  1. Falcocop
    Falcocop says:

    OK I will give this a try but some American terms I may struggle on.

    1. No idea on this one but I will guess at False
    2. False
    3. True
    4. False
    5. False
    6. False
    7. Possilbe so I will run with True
    8 True
    9. False
    10. False

    Paul Beecroft
    Coroner’s Officer, England

    “I see dead people”

  2. PatMarin
    PatMarin says:

    1) true, or maybe this is a TV thing
    2) true, or it could be a B&E
    3) true
    4) true
    5) false, isn’t it booze?
    6) false, I have a feeling this is a trick
    7) true
    8) false, but I really have no idea
    9) false, however, if this were true it this would be a great job for research
    10) true

    Okay, so can’t wait to see if I look like an idiot with my answers, especially after spending hours and hours at the local Citizens Police Academy with many refresher sessions included.

    Pat Marinelli

  3. queenofmean
    queenofmean says:

    I really need to just quit procrastinating & do it. I have my story set in Pittsburgh & have done some research thru the officer I mentioned, but I think the CPA would be interesting & helpful. I want everything to be as realistic as possible.

  4. Terry
    Terry says:

    I did ours last year, and they allow alumni to go back to any classes in the following sessions, so it’s great for ‘refresher’ information. I also recapped the classes on my blog — but they’re buried back in the archives. I think I used “Civilian Police Academy” in most of the titles if you wanted to search.

    And my weekly homicide detective guest is at my blog today as well. http://terryodell.blogspot.com

    Wish I could be at Lee’s conference. I’ll be at RT next week ‘instead’ — no comparison, but that’s the way it worked out.

  5. queenofmean
    queenofmean says:

    I was considering doing that one. It’s 15 weeks or something like that. I was talking to one of the Pittsburgh officers about it, but never did sign up. It started in Feb. I think they’re doing another one later this year.

  6. Joyce Tremel
    Joyce Tremel says:

    Queen, I went to the CPA that the PD I worked for did way back in 1998. One of my cohorts on the Working Stiffs blog (Annette) did the Pittsburgh CPA. She loved it. If you go to Working Stiffs http://workingstiffs.blogspot.com, she wrote a lot of posts about her experience–the most recent one was about the ceremony for the murdered Pittsburgh officers.

  7. D. Swords
    D. Swords says:

    Good morning Lee,

    I’ll see you in a few hours.

    I’ll just report that I didn’t know the answers to 1.

    It’s hard to believe I had straight A’s in school, too. (’cause I didn’t) 🙂

  8. queenofmean
    queenofmean says:

    Okay, since Joyce was brave enough to post her answers, I will give it a try.
    1. True
    2. False
    3. False
    4. False.
    5. I really don’t know – if I had to guess, I’d go with false.
    6. False
    7. False
    8. Don’t know – since I guessed false on the last one, I’ll go with true on this one – hard to believe I had straight A’s in school, isn’t it?
    9. False
    10. False
    Sounds like it will be a great time at the Writer’s Police Academy.
    Joyce – I read on an earlier posting that you did the Civilian’s Police Academy. Is that the one the Pittsburgh Police do?

  9. Joyce Tremel
    Joyce Tremel says:

    To everyone at the conference–have a great time!

    Here’s my answers:

    1. True
    2. False, unless it’s a home invasion.
    3. False, unless the civilian is working for law enforcement.
    4. False.
    5. True.
    6. False.
    7. False.
    8. True.
    9. False.
    10. False.

    And I’ll be really embarrassed if I don’t get at least a few of these right!

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