Police Sayings and Quotes

No matter how you feel about law enforcement as a whole, police work is a dangerous, challenging, and often thankless job. Every day they are thrust into difficult situations and expected to make decisions in seconds. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful police quotes and sayings.


Police officers may drive black and white cars, however what goes on in their job is a lot of gray.     

Arik Matson

In America, the policeman is a working-class hero. In England, the policeman is a working-class traitor.     

Martin Amis

Law enforcement officers are never 'off duty.' They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.     

Barbara Boxer

The duties of an officer are the safety, honor, and welfare of your country first; the honor, welfare, and comfort of the men in your command second; and the officer's own ease, comfort, and safety last.     

George S. Patton

The police are not here to create disorder, they're here to preserve disorder.     

Richard J. Daley

Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.     

David Mamet

We must always remember that the police are recruited from the criminal classes.     

Gore Vidal

When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe.     

Mary Frances Berry

I think our police are excellent, probably because I have not done anything that has occasioned being beaten up by these good men.     

Clement Freud

In almost all cases now the police are as much an enemy as the others.     

Tom Metzger

There is nothing more unaesthetic than a policeman.     

Arthur Conan Doyle

When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car.     

Reese Witherspoon

It is a lot harder now to be a police officer than what it used to be.     

Steven Seagal

If only the authorities could be made to realize that the forces leading them on in the armament race are just insane.     

Alva Myrdal

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.     

Huey Newton

It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.     

Nathan Hale

A really good detective never gets married.     

Raymond Chandler

The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.     

Earl Warren

A police force, wherever they are, is made up of amazing people, and I respect them a great deal.     

Nancy Mckeon

Police do not belong in war zones.     

Daniel Keys Moran

The police feel that most of the public are against them and that there is a lot of bad feeling.     

Peter James

To call the police is a really big deal because you don't snitch - that's the culture you grow up in.     

Sonja Sohn

If police officers routinely issue tickets for the most serious traffic offenses, they'll be treating drivers of all races, sexes, and ages equally.     

Bill Dedman

The police force cannot be completely independent of the executive government.     

P. Chidambaram

Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.     

Thurgood Marshall

Federal authorities do not have the manpower or the resources to protect America's international borders.     

John Culberson

It's a lot of crooked cops out there. They manipulate the system.     

Ludacris