Australian Slang For Cops (10 Examples)

All over the world people made up a ton of slang words that refer to the police. Now we won’t get into the politics of why they would do that, but they can be interesting nonetheless. Here are several examples of Australian slang words for cops!

Blue Heelers

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This term is so popular that a show about Australian police officers was named after it. They call cops blue heelers because they remind them of the Blue Heeler Cattle dog.

Example:

  • Watch it, there are blue heelers all over the place.

Booze Bus

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This is a slang term used for the police officers that stop drivers and give them a breath test. Quite self-explanatory.

Example:

  • Slow down, there’s a booze bus around the corner.

Bobby’s Men

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This term originates from England but is used in Australia as well. Bobby because of sir Robert, the man who originally started the police in London.

Example:

  • I don’t like it when Bobby’s men are watching me.

Bronze

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This slang word was used in the movie Mad Max originally. The movie takes place in Australia, so the slang just stuck!

Example:

  • There’s bronze all over the place, watch what you’re doing.

Cop Shop

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This one is simple, slang for a police station.

Example:

  • I spent the night at the cop shop, it was awful.

Copper

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A common term all over the world, it’s just a different way to say ‘cop’. Quite popular in Australia.

Example:

  • Man, these coppers are really not helping me with my problem!

Dickless Tracy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A slang term used in Australia for female police officers. Derived from Dick Tracy, a popular fictional comic book detective.

Example:

  • Did you see that dickless Tracy? She was too pretty to be a cop!

Divvy Van

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Australian slang for a police van, short for ‘divisional van’.

Example:

  • I took a ride in the divvy van yesterday, did not enjoy it!

Double Bubble

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This slang term is also unique to Australia and it refers to Australian highway patrol cars that have rotating twin blue lights

Example:

  • A double bubble sped past me a few minutes ago, who knows who they were chasing! 

Jacks

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Short for jackboots, often used in Australia and England. Most commonly used as a slang word for cops, but can also mean a person you simply don’t trust..

Example:

  • There are too many Jacks around, I don’t feel safe.

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