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Picking Up Police Lingo

Behind the Scenes of Wild Justice: Gator Invader

Photo: Wardens pose during a briefing prior to a raid

Photo: Wardens pose during a briefing prior to a raid (View larger version)

Photo by Original Productions

By Molly Mayock, Series Producer

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When I started riding around in a cop car all the time shooting law enforcement series, my vocabulary changed. Instead of saying “car,” I started to call it a “vehicle.” But ever since riding around in a truck with Fish & Game wardens, I now call it a “rig.”

Instead of asking if they’re heading out to arrest somebody, I ask if they’re going to “hook” the guy. When I can’t find someone, I now say they’re “in the wind.”

There’s a new 50-cent word in my vocabulary. I no longer ask if a legal case has been resolved by a trial or a plea-bargain—I ask if it’s been “adjudicated.”

And then there are a host of acronyms. BOLO is not something a man wears around his neck—it’s “Be on the Lookout.” UC is “undercover” and CI is a “confidential informant.”  PC is “probable cause” and RP is the “reporting party”—the citizen who called the police.

Numbers play a big role in cop-speak. Rolling Code 3 means driving with lights and/or sirens. Code 4 means the situation has been resolved.

And then there’s a number that strictly pertains to California—215—and Fish & Game wardens deal with it frequently. If you’re “two-fifteen” or have a “two-fifteen card” it means you have a medical marijuana license and are therefore allowed to possess and grow pot, according to Proposition 215, also known as the “Compassionate Use Act of 1996.” If you don’t have a “two-fifteen card” and you are in possession, well, just hope your situation will quickly be adjudicated in your favor.

2 comments
Adam C
Adam C

I'm from Northern Ireland one quote pops to mind When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.sadly we don't have the wild areas over here some people don't know how lucky they are. 

Bill Girard
Bill Girard

I have been an avid sportsmen and hunter for 55 years and was always taught to hunt fair chase, and within all legal and ethical laws and respect the animals and assist with huntingn organizaions and support the department of fish and wildlife and have turned in many a poacher in my time. I enjoy watching Wild Justice but something is badly missing from your show. You never show or metnion the good hunters and organziations who support the game wardens and without whose help would have a lot harder time of it than they already do.

sci, Oregon Hunter's assoc. and others like these all over the U.S. who support the game wardens. How about doing an episode on that. All of us who love the outdoors, hunting and fishing do all we can to conserve and help as it is our tag and license fees who pays for all of this. So without hunters there would be no game wardens and protection of wildlife.

As a constant viewer I wuold like to see some episodes showing how we help and recognize some of these organizations because most hunters are lawbiding. You are only showing a minority of hunters but sometimes it comes across as all hunting is bad.