Cops of Reddit, do you know who the “bad eggs” are in your departments? How are they regarded by other cops?

  1. It’s called TCRU aka Telephone Crime Reporting Unit. If you are incompetent and can’t be trusted on the street, or otherwise get in trouble, but can’t be fired because of procedure/union rules you get to sit in an office all day. Answer the phone and take police reports.

  2. We had a guy who once wrote a ticket for something like 20 over the speed limit when the radar actually read something like 7 or 8 over. Supervisor found out about it and made him take back the ticket and apologize the the people he did it too. The officer is allowed to do minor tasks, and he is watched closely on what he does. He’s the only officer I’ve heard of doing this. Not to many guys trust him, because they don’t want to be seen in the same light.

  3. My brother is a cop. Our town is about 65k population. We don’t really have cops that are “bad eggs” (they might be but they’re not crooked or whatever, at least to my brother’s knowledge), but my brother says there’s a handful that the rest of the cops call “fighters”. They basically go to work every day with the idea that if they go home and haven’t fought someone, it was all a bust.

    So they go to work, they pull people over and act like assholes. They see the person they pulled over had an assault charge in their past, and they’ll start getting antagonistic with the person. Try and goad the dude into losing his temper. Or they’ll sit around the bars at closing time and find the drunk guy being a bit too loud as he’s leaving and get out of the car and start spouting off about disturbing the peace, and hope that the drunk dude does something that will escalate into a physical altercation. Technically they’re enforcing the laws, but they’re generally being dicks in hopes that they can fight someone.

    To the rest of the cops, according to my brother and my cop friends who I hang out with through my brother, they’re not really respected by other cops, because they contribute to the fuck the police attitude, which makes every other cop’s job that much more of a pain in the ass. People with bad experiences with the police, dislike police. They can get confrontational with police as retribution for some other bad experience they had with some other cop. They don’t want to cooperate with an investigation.

    Typically they’re kind of ostracized by the rest of the cops. At police balls, or the department Christmas party they tend to sit in their own little group and share recent fight stories or hilarious anecdotes of ways they were dickheads to someone. None of the other cops really want anything to do with them. The other cops don’t respect them. Nobody invites them over for weekend barbecues. And the “fighters” just pal around in their own little group.

    I have no idea what other, bigger cities are like.

    EDIT: I’ve been informed they are bad eggs. There was only three answers when I responded, and I guess I interpreted the question in a sense that by “bad eggs”, OP meant shit like unjustified shootings, taking bribes, fucking with evidence that could be used against them for criminal purposes… Shit that I read and hear about happening in bigger cities. I didn’t mean that the “fighters” aren’t pricks, nor did I mean to exonerate them in any way. Just that according to my brother and other cop friends, we don’t see that sort of stuff yet.

  4. pretty sure my alcoholic grandpa was the “bad egg” of his department.

    once heard a story at the barbershop about how one day, he showed up while on-duty for a haircut and needed to use the rest room. someone had locked the door after leaving, so apparently instead of asking the shop owner for the keys, he whipped out his gun and just started shooting at the door handle.

    he also routinely had the cops called on him at home for noise violations, but nothing was ever done. (he had these giant speakers attached to his record player and would put them in his front windows and just BLAST music at all hours of the night so he could listen to it while drinking out on the stoop)

    my favorite story, though, is when he broke into the church rectory to wake up the priest (again, while absolutely shitfaced) to demand that the priest baptize him that night. my grandma had just died and he was worried that he wouldn’t get to see her in heaven, since she was Catholic and he wasn’t.

  5. I’ve no longer in law enforcement, but when i was on the job, our dept had one. For ref; my dept had 60-70 officers and was a busy city dept on a major interstate (gangs, shootings, robberies, etc almost every night).
    Anyway, everyone knew that he was too physical with suspects, or would speak to them in a way that would incite violence. Although, I never saw it first hand, it was rumored he would exaggerate facts in reports to support stops or arrests. It was interesting that supervisors, attorneys and judges knew. And as a result any case he brought to court he better damn well have another witness, or the judge would dismiss the case. I never saw him do anything illegal and if I had, I would be meeting with the Sergent before shift was over.
    I had him show up at my scenes a few times but told him to leave. A calm situation would turn tense just by his presense. On the street, cops are known.
    Needless to say, we didn’t get along very well. Really, no one got along with him very well. I believe it was his ego that caused most of his problems.
    Anyway, something happen amd he resigned. The facts weren’t released, but I speculate that his bullshit finally caught up with him. I heard that he is playing the victim role and bad mouthing the dept. He now has a non-LEO job with the federal gov.

  6. I’m a dispatcher but my shitty department hired a guy for the jail a few months back that was fired from a much bigger department for multiple reasons. One of the seven reasons listed as ‘conduct unbecoming,’ which is just about as bad as it gets. Yep, we hired him and now they’ve made him a road deputy. He pulls people over for window tint but doesn’t have a tint meter and profiles hardcore, mostly against Mexicans. That’s just to name a couple of the shitty things he does. I’m just waiting to see him on the news :/

  7. My friend is a cop. He doesn’t usually speak ill of his fellow officers. The “blue line” is definitely in place.

    Someone in his department got in trouble for excessive force. My friend’s first instinct was that the victim was making it up. Only video evidence finally convinced him that his fellow officer was guilty. And he was shocked and disgusted by it.

    So in his case, I would say he doesn’t really know who the bad eggs are. Some people only show their true colors in the field under pressure, and the instinct (for him anyway) is to protect and trust his fellow officers.

  8. I’m in the UK. In my force, even patrol officers investigate their own crime reports, from the initial arrest to the suspect interview to the court file. This has created a whole new breed of bad cop – the one who doesn’t do anything; who never makes an arrest because he knows it’ll generate work that he’ll have to complete. I’ve never seen colleagues overstep their authority – it’s getting them to actually exercise their authority when it’s needed that’s the trick.

    Bureaucracy and human laziness is the greatest check on power. Bad coppers don’t make unlawful arrests – bad coppers make no arrests at all.

    EDIT: To answer the question, good officers don’t like working with the lazy ones at all. Especially if you’re younger in service, you know that if the shift produces any paperwork at all, you’re going to have to do it all yourself, because that person will come up with any excuse to avoid it.

  9. I work for the university police at my school and I’m a criminal justice major as well so I really try to hang out with the officers and sergeants as often as I can just to learn things. We recently just fired an officer who had a string of incidents stretching back a while. All of the officers were glad he was let go and many of them were relieved to have him gone. He was considered a ticking time bomb I guess, they knew it was only a matter of time before he pushed the envelope too much and a student sued or made a big fuss. They even put him on the early morning shifts on week days in hopes they could limit his contact with the general public but that still didn’t help.
    I don’t know if other places are the same but it was refreshing seeing the officers not being afraid to hang someone out to dry because they knew he was in the wrong

  10. I am not a cop but I dated one. I ended up dating the bad egg. He ended up being racist and believing the law did not apply to him. Nothing too serious as far as I know. He would run red lights and not update his plates. He never got in to trouble because he would pull the cop card. I did not date him long. He was an egotistical prick.

  11. This would have benefitted from a serious tag IMO.

  12. Dad was a cop. Uncle was a cop. Cousin is a cop.

    They say there are three kinds of cops. 1) Guys who want to protect and serve their communities. 2) Adrenaline junkies. 3) Guys on a power trip.

    Type 2 gets fed up with the boring nature of police work. They don’t get to engage in all the car chases and shootouts they wanted. So they can become assholes. Type 3’s are assholes right out of the gate. They will do anything to feel like they are above you.

  13. A police officer who was denied service at whataburger recently said that although they knew it was just the employee and not a company policy, they didn’t feel like like can trust the restaurant or its food entirely anymore. Ironically it is the exact same situation with police. It might just be a minority of cops that are bad, but it breeds mistrust of the entire system.

  14. They are not trusted and people want them fired, but our union is very strong.

    I will add that complaints does not necessarily equal bad egg, it may just mean that you are the kind of cop willing to go deal with a greater number of violent/high stress/dangerous situations. Regardless of the justifiability of the use of force, people (obviously) don’t like having force used on them and will sometimes complain. I think it’s sometimes people seeking answers, sometimes people seeking justice, and sometimes people being vindictive.

    edit: It may also completely mean that cop is complete crap. So… y’know… don’t think I’m not saying that.

    On a personal note, I’m a 10 year member dealing with my first ever complaint right now and… it’s really bummin me out. It was a good arrest and I thought we were so incredibly restrained even though he fought, but he wasn’t happy. I can’t say more as it’s on going… but man it’s a lot of extra work for what seemed like a pretty straight forward, brief event.

  15. My dad was the laziest cop on earth. He would literally call in his “lunch” (he worked nights) and then come home and sleep for about two to four hours. Then pretend he just forgot to call back in to tell them he was off lunch.

    He managed to stay on patrol for over 30 years. No, I’m not kidding. But he also never moved up. He also didn’t really keep cop friends very long. Probably because they wanted to distance themselves.

    I don’t have a relationship with him.