Cop is short for copper, it is a reference to the large copper badges police used to wear.
It isn't an acronym; it's short for 'copper' - meaning someone who cops, or grabs, suspected criminals.
According to one reliable source, the word "cop" (meaning "capture") is documented to have been used as early as 1704. "Copper" for a British policemen was not used until after 1828.
It's likely that the "copper buttons" or "copper badge" explanation for the word was not the original one. A "copper" was someone who "copped" suspects.
cop means to get or grab something
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