While most of us are familiar with the use of the fuzz to refer to police, I was curious as to its origins. According to the Urban Dictionary, the term came into use in the 1960s, when military veterans were returning to the US and joining police forsces in large numbers. They brought with them their short, military haircuts and with it arose the term: the fuzz.
Some claim it is stands for “constable on patrol.” Others say it derives from the Latin word for capture. Both explanations seem logical. Both are also said to have originated in Britain.
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