Some of this information comes from
"Cop Diary -- The Word on the Street -
What a Cop says and how he says it can matter more than his stick or his gun
By Marcus Laffey (from the New Yorker, August 10, 1998"
The rest comes from personal conversations with New York policemen in the 1950s.
The following is from a personal conversation.
The kid says, "My house is on fire."
GUY #2 : Yeah, we should put him in the bucket and drop him.