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DNR Terms S-Z

Secret Squirrel: DNR detective of the Wildlife Resource Protection Unit, or generally any undercover, secretive action by the department.

Schmuck: Term for vehicles colliding with immovable objects, other vehicles, or animals.

Secure: Situation under control.

Sharking: Term for an officer or officers cruising close to an area where another officer is in the process of approaching suspect violators; the sharks can sweep in after the stop is made, or in the event the violator eludes the initial stop attempt.

Shit Magnet: A slang term of admiration for officers who have a knack for seeking out and intervening in wrong-doing of all kinds. Rakes are often shit magnets.

Sitting on a Camp: Surviellance of a hunting camp or group, usually at night or in the early morning before dawn.

Skins: Patrol truck tires.

Slow Roller: Vehicle moving very slowly on at two-track, in the day or at night, usually a signal that road-hunting is taking place.

Snagger: One who attempts to foul-hook fish. Originated during original salmon runs in the late 60s, early 70s and was legal for several years. No longer legal.

Sneak Light: A small light attached to patrol trucks, visible only to the driver. Allows minimal guide light while running dark. Cannot be seen by any other passenger in the vehicle, or anyone outside the vehicle.

Sucky Bait Duty: Some counties seek to entrap homosexuals by sending plainclothes officers to serve as bait. Such stings are run by city, county and state police units, and sometimes COs get recruited to help. Most avoid such duty like the plague.

Station 20: Lansing DNR law enforcement headquarters.

Step-Out: Method of dismounting (getting out of a moving patrol vehicle). This was common term many years ago, not much used any more and I’m not sure officers area taught or encouraged to learn the technique, which is risky at best.

Step Training: Following graduation from the academy, each graduate reports to an area for a period of months. In the first step they go to the area where they will be assigned when training is completed; in step 2, they go to an entirely different area, and in Step 3 they are back to their assignment area. In Step 1, the graduates follow a field training officer around, assisting as requested; In Step 2 the graduate does the work followed by occasional advice and daily evaluation by the FTO; In step 3 the graduate acts as if alone and the FTO observes and evaluates.

Stroke: Write a ticket to an offender.

Subject: Jargon for an individual an officer is dealing with, often but not always a suspect.

Swoop Team: While a couple of officers surveil a situation a group of officers waits to be called so they can swoop down on the scene.

Tag: Device hunter must affix to dead animal immediately after killing it.

“Take a little walk”: CO talk for hiking and patrolling on foot. “Walks” can be 15 minutes in duration, or 10 hours.

Tat Dance: Behavior of tattooed felons who maneuver to keep all officers in front of them, keeping their backs clear from sneak attack. Behavior learned during incarceration.

Tat Man: Slang for a felon, whose body is covered with prison tattoos.

Timed Out: And AVL term that refers to an officer in a truck that has been stopped for a certain period of time; when this happens the icon on the screen changes colors.

Time Off: Suspension without pay for an officer.

TOD: Time of Death.

Torpedo: Lead device with treble hooks made to look like a lure, but used primarily for snagging. Dragged along bottom like a grappling hook.

Tribal: A citizen enrolled in a native American tribe is issued an ID card which entitles them to certain hunting and fishing rights enforceable by the tribe.

Tribal Game Warden: Person employed by tribes to enforce their fish and game laws.

Triple Deuce: Slang for the .222 caliber rifle, a favorite of poachers. .22 longs and .22 hornets also favorites.

Troop: A Michigan State Police officer, or trooper.

Tulla Tech: Imaginary U.P. school of higher learning.

Turkey Fan: CO jargon for a handful of tickets, usually from one dirty camp of lawbreakers and violators.

Turning on a Vehicle: Whipping around 180 degrees to stop or pursue wanted vehicle.

TX: Telephone

Under a Bird: Slang for conservation officers, usually several of them spread out around one county or several counties, working with an aircraft and spotter. The aircraft cruises at low level, directing trucks and personnel into illegal activity seen from the air such as too large or banned bait piles, and especially night-shining actions.

Unmarked: A vehicle without state markings or identification as a law enforement vehicle.

VCO: Voluntary Conservation Officer. Civilian with some special training who rides along with officers to assist in law enforcement. No longer used in Michigan.

Vicks: Used by personnel to block putrid smells.

Violate: to break fish or game law.

Violet: Jargon for poacher, from violet gland in canids. These glands smell. Ergo a violet is law-breaking stinker. [JTH]

Violator: One who violates.

Wants and Warrants: Each time a suspect or individual is contacted the computer is searched for any wants or warrants on that individual.

Water Carnival: See Bikini Float.

Weed Patch: Illegal marijuana field.

White Lightning Patrol: Work jack-lighters at night.

WLRP: Wildlife Resources Protection Unit. Detectives charged with investigating serious serial violations.

Woods Cop: A Conservation Officer.

Working Under the Plane: At certain times of year, DNR aircraft operate at day and night to help groups of officers on the ground locate suspicious activities, including lights at night, or illegal bait piles.

Wrestling: The term used by officers to refer to any physical confrontation with suspects.

Yelper: DNR Boat siren.


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