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Canadian Cop Shoe Phones

A caller from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, says that cops in Canada will often say to contact them on their shoe phones. The shoe phone comes from Maxwell Smart, the hapless hero of the 1960s sitcom Get Smart, who kept a phone on the sole of his shoe...

124-man

124-man  n.— «The estimable dean was a lifelong crime reporter from the old Herald Tribune, a gentle sage who taught the pick-pocket art of massaging vivid details from a precinct’s “124-man,” the clerk who controlled “good stuff” filed by...

narrowbanding

narrowbanding  n.— «The number of users and uses has exploded four and five times, therefore you need the appropriate amount of bandwidth to carry the information,” said Stephen White, chief of Doylestown Township police...

block busting

block busting  n.— «A committee of civic politicians wants to know what the city and cops are doing to crack down on “unscrupulous property owners.” It comes following an inquiry made by Coun. Don Iveson, who was concerned...

stunter

stunter  n.— Note: This term is familiar to anyone who remembers the Icy Hot Stuntaz Internet meme. «In squad cars and on powerful BMW motorcycles of their own, these officers go after what they regard as a growing problem on the nation’s...

catch a jukes

catch a jukes  v. phr.— «“I decided I was going to go out and catch a jukes,” street slang for robbing someone, defendant William Hill told cops following the May 2, 2006 attack on Jacob Gerstle.» —“‘Phone Killer’ Chilling...

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