Doing a cryptic crossword this morning produced a word I'd never heard before. More correctly, a word I was well aware of, but not in the context given. The definition was "police" and the answer "beasts." It led me to start thinking about the names and terms we use for the police. No doubt there are many variations across different countries. Here are a few that we use in Britain. Beasts Rozzers Peelers Bobbies Coppers Filth Pigs Plod Fuzz Old Bill Scuffers Rozzers, peelers and bobbies are derived from Sir Robert Peel, who founded the Metropolitan Police in London in 1829. Filth and pigs are, fairly obviously, terms of insult. Coppers probably emanates from cop/capture. Plod is a reference to PC Plod, a character in the Noddy books of Enid Blyton. Scuffers is a term more common to the Merseyside area of England, around Liverpool, and probably relates to policemen on the beat and their footwear. Fuzz may be a corruption of the word force. Nobody really seems to know where Old Bill comes from. I'd be interested to hear of any other words, particularly the more archaic terms.