I have actually heard a cop say that. It means, "I walked through the door." The cop was my client (I defend them in civil suits from time to time). Fortunately we were just preparing for his deposition, so I was able to prevent him from actually testifying in this pseudo-military Alpha-Bravo-Charliespeak.
I think that the cop tradition of speaking in this fashion, sorry, talking this way, comes from a mix of dealing with lawyers, an envy of the military (where this sort of jargon and four-letter-words seem to vie for supremacy), and Jack Webb.
This was brought to mind by a hilariously entertaining article by Val Van Brocklin, entitled "Cops Talk Funny, And It's Hurting Their Credibility In Court." I agree. A few samples:
- He indicated… He said
- I have been employed by… I worked for
- I exited the patrol vehicle… I got out of the car
- I observed… I saw
- I ascertained the location of the residence… I found the house
- I proceeded to the vicinity of… I went to
- I approached the entrance… I went to the door
- The subject approached me… She came up to me
- I apprehended the perpetrator… I arrested the man
- I obtained an item that purported to be an envelope from the individual… I got the envelope from her
- I observed the subject fleeing on foot from the location… I saw him running away
I'd add that young lawyers are equally prone to this vice, and some of them never grow out of it. Read the whole thing.
Thanks to Legal Antics for the tip, and the funny headline, "Silly Cops-big words are for lawyers" Legal Antics earns a spot on the coveted Popehat blogroll.