41 Facts About Law Enforcement Officers Everyone Should Know


26PC Adam Koch

PC Adam Koch

When an English police officer named PC Adam Koch was stabbed he remarked "A scene from the film Hot Fuzz kept rolling through my mind. It was where policeman Simon Pegg gets stabbed and he says 'It's the most painful thing I've ever experienced.'- It literally is the most painful thing I've ever experienced."

27. After a police officer named Jed Blair reported his fellow cops for planting evidence, his colleagues “allegedly stole his equipment, interfered with his radio calls, threatened to kill him and his family, and scrawled the word ‘rat’ on his locker.”

28. Some Canadian police departments give out 'positive tickets' to thank people for doing something good.

29. Miami Police Department uses fixed microphones throughout the city and special software to automatically pick up any gunshots and triangulate their origin to a couple of meters accuracy. This technology allows them to immediately dispatch officers there.

30. When cops pull you over, they first approach your driver's side tail light or trunk to leave their “mark” with their fingerprints, just in case something goes bad for them.

31Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was an official captain of the Memphis Police Department and even had dashboard police lights for his cars. He was known for pulling people over and lecturing them on safety before giving them an autograph and letting them go.

32. Police almost arrested Gary Ridgway, the Green River killer, years earlier, in 1983. A boyfriend of a victim had seen her get into his truck before she vanished. The next day, he went with her father and found it; it belonged to Ridgeway. The tip wasn’t enough to get police to arrest him.

33. In 1981, law enforcement swept in to stop a band of Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, weapons smugglers, and mercenaries- all armed to the teeth- from invading Dominica and establishing a private state complete with casinos and drug manufacturing facilities.

34. In 2012, a Vermont State Police trooper discovered a pig-shaped spot in a cow in the logo on his patrol car. Inmates at a correctional facility were responsible for printing the decals.

35. In 2007, Boston Police Department shut down waterways, highways, and bridges after mistakenly identifying battery-powered LED placards of characters from the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force as improvised explosive devices. The devices were being used as a guerrilla marketing campaign.

36John J. O'Connor

John J. O'Connor

John J. O'Connor, the chief of Police in St. Paul let mobsters like Machine Gun Kelly, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson live in the city as long as they didn't commit any crimes there. They were also protected from extradition and tipped off of any federal raids.

37. When a sheriff named Douglas Speirs from Florida was asked, why deputies shot a suspect named Angilo Freeland 68 times, he replied: "Because we ran out of bullets."

38. An undercover officer named Bob Lambert dated an activist while infiltrating her group, and even fathered a child, despite already having a wife and children. When the assignment ended, he simply vanished, leaving a two-year-old son behind. The London police paid £425,000 to avoid court.

39. Law enforcement officials in New Jersey busted 29 restaurants selling cheap liquor in top-shelf bottles and called it "Operation Swill". It even included a restaurant selling rubbing alcohol and food coloring disguised as scotch.

40. In 2018, cops in Scotland had a 45-minute standoff with a stuffed tiger.



In 2015, police in the town of Anderson, California were trained to use nunchucks as a form of non-lethal force.