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A dictionary of cop talk

Next time you watch ''Brooklyn South,'' have this lexicon handy

It’s like a dialect,” says Brooklyn South’s Jon Tenney of the show’s sometimes hard-to-follow dialogue. We’re not talking dose Noo Yawk accents, either; it’s the impenetrable police jargon (authenticated by ex-cop Bill Clark) that leaves you searching for subtitles. To wit, our handy guide.

BUS: Ambulance (”Get him in the house till the bus gets here”)

DAT: Desk appearance ticket, no jail time

(THE) JOB: The police department

LOOKS GOOD: Appears to be guilty (”This guy looks good for the second shooter”)

MADE: Identified (”They made him for the mugging”)

NO TRUE BILL: No indictment (”The jury returned no true bill”)

PEDIGREE: Pertinent information about a party involved in a crime

POUND: Five years (”He did a pound upstate”)

PURSUING REMEDIES: Pressing charges

RAT SQUAD: Internal Affairs Bureau

REACH OUT: Seek cooperation

RHYTHM: Slack (”We get the stuff back, you buy yourself some rhythm”)

RMP: Radio motor patrol, police car

SKEL: Lowlife, dirtbag (”We’re leaning on the skels, trying to find out who the killer hangs with”)

SQUEEZING SHOES: Making life unpleasant (”Brass is squeezing shoes [because] we couldn’t grab the second perp”)

TURN OUT THE TROOPS: Hold roll call and assign duties

(A) WALK: Get-out-of-jail-free card (”The skell gave up the perp looking for a walk”)