Gypsy Cop

What does gypsy cop mean?

A cop who transfers from station to station

A gypsy cop is a police officer who goes from station to station, much like a traveling gypsy. It's usually the result of a cop losing his or her job then getting hired at another station.

A gypsy cop is a negative term because it describes an officer who has been fired multiple times, mostly for conduct-related reasons. Gypsy cops are often enabled to transfer to different stations because of the difficulty to recruit and train new officers, the belief that the officer can be fixed, or the officer's history is not properly recorded or reviewed.


One of the problems with our criminal system is that gypsy cops are not more scrutinized

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Updated October 6, 2016

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