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Security guards, usually unarmed, that are hired by companies and rented out to agencies for things such as concerts or school security.
My school is full of rent-a-cops, armed with nothing tougher than their cell phones. Safe, it ain't!
by Fat Tony January 13, 2004
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A slang term for a Security Guard (known as Security Officer in the business).

There are several kinds of people attracted to this work:

1.) The "Lifer": A loser in life who cannot do anything other than be a waste of space. These are the ones that make it harder for other people to perform a simple job of making sure a client's property doesn't burn down or get ransacked. They are insecure, lazy, and mentally slow. They think that they are somehow like Police or the Military. These tend to be in their late 30's and higher but you can see this sad excuse for existence in some 20 somethings that really fail at life. .

2.) College students: A lot of the younger guards you will run into who seem intelligent are usually in this class. Often this occupation allows for ample study time if done covertly. The pay rate is much better than most college jobs so they play it smart and do these kinds of jobs.

3.) Retired people: Surprisingly enough not every old guard you see will be an idiot. Often these are guys and gals who have retired and in order to have a supplemental income, they take on this job. They are often articulate and fairly intelligent for the most part.
816 Congress Avenue in Downtown Austin has a really bad Lifer at night. Go skate there in the alleyways to watch his dumbass in action. He's a real Rent-a-cop!
by Coca-Cola Kid December 20, 2009
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University security. They drive around looking for trouble, but when it gets dirty, the call the real cops.
The public safety aka rent a cop had to call the city cops because the party was too big.
by webmasterhcharlie September 04, 2006
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someone who's a rented cop. usually a security guard at schools or events.
yo that rent-a-cop can't do shit. he doesnt even have a badge.
by ALeN BaLeN April 28, 2003
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Mall security guards. >.<
Today one of those rent-a-cops made me take off my studded bracelet. I should be able to wear whatever I want in a shopping mall.
by Kagome August 14, 2004
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A state certified and trained person who is essentially a private police officer. Used when 24hr police coverage can not be provided. Depending on the state, a "Rent-a-Cop" has arrest powers and carries a weapon. They can easily put you in as much trouble as a "real" cop. Most are Ex-Police/Milatary. Depending on the contract, the pay is actually better than local law enforcement.
::While setting in a cell: "Yo, G, I cant belive I gots arrested by a rent a cop"
by Slinger646 January 02, 2006
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A security guard privately hired to walk around a mall, school, concert, event, etc...
Usually rent-a-cops think they are better than everyone else, but usually have very sorry lives. A rent-a-cop usually sees no excitement in his job, so he will bust u for pretty much anything, just for fun
steve: that damn rent-a-cop yelled at me for giving my girlfriend a hug.

dale: oh yeah, that guy hates public displays or affection.

steve: a hug is a public display of affection?

dale: to a rent-a-cop it is!
by larry latte July 10, 2008
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