The official unofficial language of the police when speaking to the public. Including: the press, in the courts, to witnesses or the general population.
Then the officer went right into Cop-speak."The subject was observed entering the a fore mentioned entry way. Documented to be breached around 1300 hours, the door was found to be, uh, dislodged with an unidentified object. The perp. was reportedly seen grasping that device by a reliable witness blah, blah, blah......"
by glamrocker October 6, 2009
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An exaggeratedly wordy jargon, frequently spoken in a mono-tone passive voice. Descriptive yet extremely vague, this is used when describing a situation in order to increase the appearance of intelligence or credibility, while cloaking truth in a mountain of syllables.
The police officer used cop-speak to convince the jury that the use of force was justified.
by Kirkury October 21, 2015
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A subset of bafflegab intended both to lend glory to mundane events and to obfuscate unethical or violent actions. Examples might include “the alleged perpetrator proceeded in a northerly direction via vehicle” for “he drove north”, “sworn members” for “cops”, and “arrested after a brief use-of-force encounter” for “we beat him up”.
The press conference after the shooting was full of the kind of cop speak you’d expect from Public Affairs.
by CharleneV May 5, 2023
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