100+ Best Police Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational police quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Police Quotes

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

The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. — Robert Peel

I have never read horror, nor do I consider The Exorcist to be such, but rather as a suspenseful supernatural detective story, or paranormal police procedural. — William Peter Blatty

We don’t give our criminals much punishment, but we sure give ’em plenty of publicity. — Will Rogers

In The Police, in a trio situation – which I’ve come back to now – it’s just so wide open that it does actually provide this arena where you can play with a certain freedom. — Andy Summers

The police can’t protect consumers. People need to be more aware and educated about identity theft. You need to be a little bit wiser, a little bit smarter and there’s nothing wrong with being skeptical. We live in a time when if you make it easy for someone to steal from you, someone will. — Frank Abagnale

We watch so many TV shows and movies about jaded or corrupt policemen, we forget people join the police force to do good, and they really care about that. — Enrico Colantoni

We pass bills authorizing improvements and grants. But when it comes time to pay for these programs, we’d rather put the country’s money toward tax breaks for the wealthy than for police officers who are protecting our communities. — David Price

The FBI’s Counter-Intelligence Program would work hand-in-hand with police departments, literally planning attacks on Black Panther Party offices throughout the United States of America. They did this over a period of time. — Bobby Seale

America has a rap sheet. You can’t police the world and tell the world how to act when you’re just as bad yourself. — Paul Mooney

I never let anyone pluck, including myself, unless my mom approves. She guards my eyebrows. She’s like the eyebrow police! — Isabelle Fuhrman

I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it. — Bryan Adams

We can’t do much about ensuring that the homeland is safe if our local police and sheriffs’ departments don’t have the personnel they need to keep our streets and neighborhoods secure. — Dick Durbin

The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country. — Elliott Abrams

Who will protect the public when the police violate the law? — Ramsey Clark

I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War. Police were losing control because they were up against a world they really didn’t understand. — Terry Gilliam

The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory. — Jeff Cooper

Actually I ran away from school when I was 13. No one could find me, and the police were called. I was just hiding in a little thicket of grass at my school, and went to sleep. — Zhang Ziyi

My epiphany came in that police cell: I realised I was about to lose everything and it didn’t bother me, not in the slightest. I’d come to hate cycling because I blamed it for the lie I was living. — David Millar

I’m in prison. But my heart and mind is free. Gangsta haters on the streets are doing more time than me. They need 30 police escorts with them every time they walk down the street. — Suge Knight

Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia, anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance. — Richard Leakey

My father was a sergeant with the Connecticut state police. My mother was a hairstylist. — Michael Bergin

The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun. — George Orwell

Society questions the police and their methods, and the police say, Do you want the criminals off the street or not? — Kurt Russell

In an era when information can be sent instantaneously anywhere, it is utterly nonsensical that our Nation’s police, the fire, and EMS personnel cannot consistently communicate with each other. — Bill Pascrell

The web of influence which News Corporation spun in Britain, which effectively bent politicians, police and many others in public life to its will, amounted to a shadow state. — Thomas Watson, Jr.

Military police is very timely for our army. — Vladimir Zhirinovsky

I visited the compound of the American embassy and talked to the police and the people and encouraged them, and I told them to take the proper measure and apply the law against the people who are attacking them and attacking the buildings. — Hesham Qandil

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

When police or prosecutors conceal significant exculpatory or impeaching material, we hold, it is ordinarily incumbent on the state to set the record straight. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In my home State of Minnesota, I have seen firsthand the importance of Byrne grants to local police in reducing crime and drugs and improving public safety. — Jim Ramstad

The backbone of our nation’s domestic defense against terrorist attacks will continue to be the men and women in local law enforcement and emergency services. — Saxby Chambliss

No one knew what Rodney King had done beforehand to be stopped. No one realized that he was a parolee and that he was violating his parole. No one knew any of those things. All they saw was this grainy film and police officers hitting him over the head. — Daryl Gates

First of all I thought it was ugly, I thought it was ridiculous that undercover police guys would drive a striped tomato and I’ve never been a big champion of Ford. — Paul Michael Glaser

The police are not here to create disorder, they’re here to preserve disorder. — Richard Daley

Police officials routinely execute search warrants on private homes and offices, and Congressional offices should not be treated any differently. There cannot be one set of rules for elected officials and another set of rules for everyone else. — Bobby Jindal

There are all sorts of ways of murdering a person or at least his soul, and that’s something no police in the world can spot. — Max Frisch

There’s a really classic cliche every time you switch the TV on – you see cops arguing. I have spent a day a week for many years in the presence of police and I have never seen them argue. It’s a military hierarchy. They do what they’re told. There’s no bickering. — Peter James

It was a department where you had honesty and integrity stamped right on you when you came into the Los Angeles Police Department. If you violated that, or if you were a dishonest cop, you were terrible. We got rid of you as quickly as possible. — Daryl Gates

Police officers and firemen are so visible in their daily work, there’s no mistaking they’re there – and that presence makes people feel secure. — Irwin Redlener

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 the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities. — Gijs de Vries

To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods — Frances Perkins

My life had become a catastrophe. I had no idea how to turn it around. My band had broken up. I had almost lost my family. My whole life had devolved into a disaster. I believe that the police officer who stopped me at three a.m. that morning saved my life. — Trey Anastasio

Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions. — Antonio Villaraigosa

I know when I was here prosecuting homicides in the District of Columbia, one of the most effective units here was the cold case squad, which had on it FBI agents, as well as Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives working together. — Robert Mueller

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

It’s about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime. — Rudy Giuliani

Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse. — Cornel West

Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation’s police departments. — Benjamin Todd Jealous

When a number of crimes – for instance, burglaries – can be linked to the same offender, police often plot the locations on a map. The art of finding the location of the criminal’s home based on the crime sites is a key objective in what is known as geographical profiling. — Daniel Goldstein

The reason I like the criminal justice system is there aren’t Republican or Democrat victims or police officers or prosecutors. It’s about respect for the rule of law! — Trey Gowdy

I am excited to be doing ‘SVU’ – I think there’s a lot of inherent drama and a lot of inherent conflict in procedural shows. I have a lot of respect for police officers and the work that they do. There’s a lot of nobility to depicting what these officers do on a day to day basis. — Danny Pino

It’s hard out here for a fantasy writer, after all; there’s all these ‘rules’ I’m supposed to follow, or the Fantasy Police might come and make me do hard labor in the Cold Iron Mines. — N. K. Jemisin

There’s a rumor that there may be an attempt at organizing a possible script for a series on my life, which, when you look at my police record, you’d have to have more than one hour to tell the story. — Merle Haggard

Religion is run by thought police. ‘Obey. Listen. This is what you do. Don’t ask questions. Go die for your country.’ The spirituality says, ‘Okay, you can die for your country, but know what you’re doing while you’re doing it.’ — Tommy Chong

You can’t be afraid to put out a fire if you’re a fireman. You can’t be afraid to be a police officer and carry a gun if you’re afraid to get up and go out there. So you’ve got to put that fear to the side and go out in faith to overcome that. — Duane Chapman

The toilets at a local police station have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on. — Ronnie Barker

I think we take for granted police officers and detectives that walk into some pretty heinous situations, and they really have to be very brave. So I love playing a character that’s very brave – someone that kind of dives in the fire to figure out what’s happened. — George Eads

Communism in Cuba will collapse sooner or later because you can’t control the free flow of information. Communism prevents organizations from developing by stopping the flow of information. The system is based on police and listening devices and triggers the worst characteristics in humans. — Lech Walesa

It wouldn’t matter whether you were Latino or Hispanic or Norwegian. If you didn’t have proof of citizenship and if the police officer had reasonable suspicion, he would ask and verify your citizenship. I mean, that’s the way that it is. That’s what the federal law says. And that’s what the law in Arizona says. — Jan Brewer

What impressed me particularly in Vienna was the strict order everywhere. No mob disturbances of any kind, in spite of the greatly increased liberty and relaxation of police regulations. — Fritz Kreisler

I think the police are a major part of the glue that holds civilised life together. They’re not highly paid. — Peter James

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

My grandfather was a police officer. He taught Dad about lie detectors and police interrogation methods, so Dad got this old World War II lie detector and used it on us regularly. He was obsessed with the truth. — Brian Herbert

One positive command he gave us: You shall love and honor your emperor. In every congregation a prayer must be said for the czar’s health, or the chief of police would close the synagogue. — Mary Antin

The police belongs to the people and the people belong to the police. — Todor Zhivkov

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

It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state. — Bruce Schneier

So rather than face the bitter truth, China has placed severe restrictions on the Internet and enlisted America’s high-tech companies as their Internet police. — Tom Lantos

We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. — Benjamin Harrison

On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles. — Mary Antin

I just went to your typical public schools, and my dad would take us to the movies every week, or he’d buy scalped tickets to San Antonio Spurs games. I remember I was four or five years old and my parents, who were very young, took us to see The Police in Austin, and Iggy Pop opened. — Pedro Pascal

Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces. — Richard Perle

But first, the news: The House of Commons was sealed off today after police chased an escaped lunatic through the front door during Prime Minister’s question time. A spokesman at Scotland Yard said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. — Ronnie Barker

You built a factory out there, good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads that the rest of us paid for. You hired workers that the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. — Elizabeth Warren

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

I’ve got four or five records in my head at a time that I try to work on and I would like to do a guitar trio record next – since The Police I’ve mostly made records with keyboards. — Andy Summers

Indiscriminate firing by police on people is absolute barbarism. Instead of solving their problems, the government is trying to suppress the people by force. — Sheikh Hasina

I never saw anything more like real warfare in my life – only the attack was all on one side. The police, in spite of their numbers, apparently thought they could not cope with the crowd. — Walter Crane

The power to prevent violence is a power that no police force seems to have anywhere in the United States. — John Abizaid

Let’s dig deep to build the kind of police force that our fatherland really deserves. We need a revolution of the police force here in Venezuela, and I will carry it out without delay, without excuses. — Nicolas Maduro

Police in China can do whatever they want; after 81 days in arbitrary detention you clearly realise that they don’t have to obey their own laws. In a society like this there is no negotiation, no discussion, except to tell you that power can crush you any time they want – not only you, your whole family and all people like you. — Ai Weiwei

Every year Swedish society produces a new generation of threatened women who can testify to the lack of legal rights and the lukewarm interest shown by the police and other authorities. — Stieg Larsson

Asking questions is an essential part of police investigation. In the ordinary sense a police officer is free to ask a person for identification without implicating the Fourth Amendment. — Anthony Kennedy

Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth. — Mike Tyson

In the context of September 11, there were so many that lost their lives that – how do you single out one person? There were so many acts of heroism that day from so many people, whether it be firemen and police officers in New York and our agents also. — Robert Mueller

I always like to have faith that an audience will suspend their disbelief, if you present it to them in the right way. I find it peculiar when people scoff at one bold idea, and yet they’ll then turn over and watch a man travel through time in a police phone box. I think it’s just how you present the idea. — Tom Mison

Coming up in the Bay Area and being African American in a city that has a history of complex issues of violent crime, interaction with the police is always intense. That’s something you have to learn. My mom taught me at a young age that if ever a cop stops you, you put your hands up and freeze – don’t move. — Ryan Coogler

My family was all police and hard hats at the refineries; they didn’t know what to think about me. So I became a closet writer. — Robert Crais

In high school, a teacher’s friend in the police department asked me to go into a bar and flash a fake ID saying I was 21 even though I wasn’t. They were assuming the bar wasn’t carding people. Anyway, she forgot to ask for it back. I used it all freshman year in college. — Betsy Brandt

We need a strong police force – the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Chechnya. We have to get rid of the traitors who have managed to penetrate into the law-enforcement department. — Akhmad Kadyrov

I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about — police and criminals, the criminal justice system, — Michael Connelly

That’s libertarians for you – anarchists who want police protection from their slaves. — Kim Stanley Robinson

Well I grew up in England, and I was in the London police. — Tony Greig

I feel very sorry for the one or two North Korean defectors who were caught by Chinese police while entering South Korean or foreign embassies in Beijing, but their arrest drew the whole attention of the world. — Kim Young-sam

I talked to General Downer about some of the funding about the National Guard and some of the civil defense workers, the firefighters, the police officers, and the way that FEMA is making them spend that money. We have got a problem there. — Lynn Westmoreland

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

I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint. — Rodney King

Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. — Robert Kennedy

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