Portsmouth N.H. Police History 
An American Law Enforcement Story
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“...to the Guardians of our City” 
Mayor William H. Sise 1880 in his Inaugural Address to the Portsmouth Police Officers. He would later serve as one of the first police commissioners
Copyright 2009-2013 by Dr. David "Lou" Ferland

Some names for the Police include:
- Bogies
- Bluebottles
- Fuzz
- Bill
- The Law
- Jocks or Jockey - British slang for detective
- Bobbies - named after Sir Robert Peel
- Copper
- Flatfoot - referring to the bipedal gait of a walking          patrol officer. Also know as "Flatties". - 1930's
- Peeler - named after Sir Robert Peel
- Constable - from Roman days meaning "head of                    the stables". 
- Tithingman (also Tithing or Hundred-man)
- Watchman
- Chancemen (Temp Police Officers or Auxiliaries) 
- Charleys or Old Charlies - pejorative name for 1730's                                          NY City watchmen
- Chut Chai (Chinese slang for Police)
- Leatherhead - late 1820's-  NYPD wore outdated                                              firemens leather hats                                                 without the front plate                                                 instead of a uniform.
- Roundsman - daytime counterpart to the night watch
- Fuzz -dates to 1929 - reference to the whiskers                 that police officers often had.
- 50 (pronounced five O)
- Pig
- G Men - reputedly coined by George "Machine   Gun" Kelly when captured in his bed by the FBI
- The Man
- Judy Scuffer - British slang for policewoman
- The Finest - mid 1870's ambiguous term by New                      Yorkers who viewed the police as corrupt
- Bear
- Smokey
- Countie Mountie
- Asphalt Cowboy
- Barney
- Lighthorse - Term assigned to Indian police in Indian                        Territories
- The heat
- Grunter - British slang
- Kripo - short for the German Criminal Police
- Horney’s – Colonial day slag for Sheriff
- Gestapo - referring to the Nazi state secret police
- Po po - pronounced poe poe
- Cozzer - Hebrew word for pig used by English                      barrow boys 1930"s
- Dick -slang for Detective
- Dickless Tracy - Contemptuous slang for women                               police officers
- Dogberry - from William Shakespeare's "Much ado                       about Nothing"
- Keystone Kops - 1912 first appearance in film in                             "Hoffmeyer's Legacy" 
- Fla Yiu - Chinese slang meaning "flowery waist". 
- FLIC - French slang.
- Thief-takers
- Shadows - 1850's term for detectives
- Ratelwacht - German for nightwatchman
- Gendarnes - slang in reference to a French police                     officer
- Mole - or Cave Cop referencing NYPD transit police
- The Met - slang for the London Metropolitan Police
- Patterrollers - 17th century U.S. slave patrols
- Shoofly - also Pipers - internal affairs officers (1903)
- T-Men   slang for U.S. Treasury Agents

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