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Where did the term "cop" come from

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Marvin_martian_max50

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Posted over 5 years ago

 

There are lots of different explanations of where the word "cop" came from.  Let's start a list.  I'll begin with this one:


An abbreviation of "Constable On Patrol" 


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In  Americia,The badges were copper in the old days, so crooks called them coppers, which was later shorten to cop.


 The English I think coined the Phrase" Constable on Patrol"  shortened to COP!


 There are several different stories around.

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Texlawman says ...



In Boston the badges were copper in the old days, so crooks called the coppers, which was later shorten to cop.


English I think coined Constable on Patrol


 That's what I always heard.....



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I heard the same thing, texlawman, about the NYC Police. Their badges were made of copper. The hooligans used to call them "coppers". That evolved into cop. 


Tom