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Cop is an informal word for police officer. • He pulled out his badge and said he was a cop.
There are many theories as to the origin of the word cop, but according to Snopes.com, it comes from the verb 'to cop', which orginally meant 'take' or 'sieze', but took on the meaning 'arrest' in 1844. By 1846, policemen were being described as 'coppers', which by 1859 had been abbreviated to 'cops'.