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sniffer

sniffer  n.— «As they talk, the flashlight—this is no ordinary flashlight—is on the job. It is a little-known device that surreptitiously traps a sample of a motorist’s breath and tests for the presence of alcohol. Commonly called...

grow-op

grow-op  n.— «Law enforcement agencies seized 11 expensive homes in Andover, Pembroke, Concord, Canterbury, Hopkinton, Weare and other communities and confiscated 7,000 high-quality marijuana plants. The police called it the biggest drug...

wobbler

wobbler  n.— «Section 273.5 cases are considered “wobblers” in law enforcement jargon, meaning charges can be filed either as misdemeanors or felonies. The decision is left to the arresting officer, detective supervisor and...

move over law

move over law  n.— «Florida has what’s called a Move Over law. Here’s how the driver’s handbook explains it: “When driving on interstate highways or other highways with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency...

dipmom

dipmom  n.— «Jones agrees, saying she is heartbroken about a new law enforcement acronym: “dipmoms,” which stands for “dad in prison, mom on meth.”» —“Guv hooked on Montana’s anti-meth ads” by Matt...

trunk you

trunk you  n.— «Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Deborah Espy told me about a pimp enforcement practice called “trunk you.” “They throw the children in the trunk of a car, take them to another city and trade them to...