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    I am writing this as a informatory thread. I was just wondering if the occupation is police office, law enforcement agent, ect........ where did the term COPS originate? Why is it that some people take being calle a COP and not a LEO as a sign of disrepect adn others are fine with it.

    I dont see it as a derogatory term, but then again I am asking becasue I dont know. I am really anxious to be a part of the great people who serve the towns and cities they do, but just wanted to know where it all started. Thank you all in advance.


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    not a COP

    but... I found this a while back on Merriam Webster's website:

    Several colorful stories circulate concerning the origin
    of cop. One is that cop was shortened from copper, a
    name given because the first London police (or members
    of some other early police force) wore large copper
    buttons on their uniforms. Another version has these
    officers wearing star-shaped copper shields. Details of
    such word origins vary freely, as the stories are
    their own justification and people who repeat them
    seldom see a need to offer supporting evidence.

    An entirely different approach to explaining cop is through
    the first letters of a phrase such as 'constable on
    patrol' or 'constabulary of police' or (least likely of
    all) 'chief of police'. This story has it that, in
    signing reports, policemen (presumably the same ones who
    wore the copper buttons or shields) abbreviated the
    official phrase beside the name, writing something
    like "John Smith, C.O.P."

    The truth is simpler, if less entertaining. Around the year 1700
    English gained a slang verb cop, meaning 'to get ahold
    of, catch, capture' and perhaps borrowed from Dutch.
    This word is somewhat unusual in having remained slang
    to this day, unlike most slang words which either
    die out or become more respectable over time. By 1844
    cop is recorded in print as being used to refer to
    what police do to criminals, though it is probably
    somewhat older in speech. In very short order the -er
    agent suffix was added, and a policeman became a
    copper, one who cops or catches or arrests criminals.
    This usage first appeared in print in 1846. The
    connection with the metal copper must have been made almost
    at once in the popular mind, for a British newspaper
    reported in 1864 that "as they pass a policeman they will
    exhibit a copper coin, which is equivalent to calling the
    officer copper." The noun cop shortened from copper
    appeared in print in 1859.
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