A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 21, 2009
Donuts and Cops

Entry in progress—B.P.

> Can anyone cite a historic reference to when the police started to be =
> associated with donuts?  Is this an invention of the 1960’s?

That may be, but my sense is that the donut-eating stereotype didn’t
reach critical mass in pop culture until the ‘80s—perhaps first
catching on in California. Looking for musical references, I find that
the San Francisco punk group Pop-O-Pies had a 1983 song called
“Fascists Eat Donuts” ("Make those donuts with extra grease, This
batch is for the chief of police"). Another Bay Area punk band, NOFX,
released a song in 1985 called “Cops and Donuts,” with lyrics about
getting pulled over on the freeway and avoiding arrest by feeding the
cop donuts ("Cops love donuts"). A bit more benignly, the L.A. group
The Bangles sang, “If you want to find all the cops, They’re hanging
out in the donut shop” in their 1986 hit, “Walk Like an Egyptian.”

On IMDb one can find cop-donut jokes in movies from about 1987
onwards. “Raising Arizona” (1987) has the line, “You want to find an
outlaw, hire an outlaw. You want to find a Dunkin’ Donuts, call a
cop.” “Stakeout” (1987) and “Die Hard” (1988) also support the notion
that cops subsist on a donut diet.

The Hill Street Blues episode “Bangladesh Slowly” (November 1, 1984) had

a sequence about a TV news reporter following Andy Renko around
various donut shops during the day, making him look bad.

BoatCop.com
Why Do Cops Like Donuts?
1. Donuts are relatively inexpensive, so they can be discarded with little guilt, in case of a hot call in the middle of a snack break.
2. In many areas, the donut shop is the only place open 24 hours.
3. Donuts have sugar and carbohydrates, which allow for quick energy. Donuts, coupled with the ever present cup of coffee, help keep the officers awake and alert.
4. Donut shops are usually located in centralized areas, which can be used as a meeting place for briefings between Officers of different agencies or shifts.
5. Donuts are TASTY! Can you think of anyone who DOESN’T like donuts?

Zazzle.com
Cops & Donuts Bumper sticker
by psm108
“Bad Cop No Donut” in black and white
created by psm108 (1/11/2009 8:27 PM)

OCLC WorldCat record
The album
Author: No F-X (Musical group)
Publisher: Los Angeles : Mystic, 1988.
Edition/Format: Musical LP : Rock music : English
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: No F-X (Musical group)
OCLC Number: 23742586
Notes: Rock songs.
Description: 1 sound disc : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, stereo. ; 12 in.
Contents: No problems—Memories—Beast within—Instrumental—Ant attack—Cops and donuts—Iron man—Live your life—My friends—Six pack girls—Hit it—Hold it back—ID.

OCLC WorldCat record
Duckin’ Donuts: What goes down comes around, we guess, as a police officer tries not to get hit by flying jelly doughnuts and a concealed chocolate chip cookie. (Have we mentioned that we don’t make this stuff up?)
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT -ALEXANDRIA- AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT, 52, no. 6, (1998): 96
Database: British Library Serials

OCLC WorldCat record
Between donuts : twenty-years of the humorous, sobering, and heart wrenching reality of a street cop
Author: Paul St John Fleming
Publisher: Baltimore : AmErica House, ©2002.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Police work : it’s not all coffee and donuts : a read for police officers and those who dare to learn what makes them tick and ticked off
Author: Ray Rubino
Publisher: [United States] : 1stBooks Library, ©2003.
Edition/Format: Book : Biography : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Cops, donuts, and murder
Author: George Galjan
Edition/Format: Book : Fiction : English
Summary: Cleveland police officers Lietenant Pavlick and Seargeant Fu Chu Lai team up to battle the Cleveland Mafioso.
(PublishAmerica, 2006—ed.)

(Trademark)
Word Mark BAD COP NO DONUT
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: clothing, namely shirts and hats. FIRST USE: 20001100. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001100
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 02.01.02 - Men depicted as shadows or silhouettes of men; Silhouettes of men
02.01.27 - Firemen; Men, policemen, firemen; Policemen
08.01.09 - Bagels; Doughnuts (donuts)
22.01.09 - Whistles
24.17.16 - Prohibition symbol; Universal prohibition symbol
Serial Number 76373598
Filing Date February 22, 2002
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition August 26, 2003
Registration Number 2783706
Registration Date November 18, 2003
Owner (REGISTRANT) Marracino, Amy INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 1398 Cleveland Drive Cheektowaga NEW YORK 14225
Attorney of Record Rowland Richards, Esq
Description of Mark The stippling is for shading purposes.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(Trademark)
Word Mark COPS AND DONUTS
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Gaming machines; namely, slot machines with or without a video output. FIRST USE: 20030404. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030404
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76277351
Filing Date June 27, 2001
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition October 9, 2001
Change In Registration CHANGE IN REGISTRATION HAS OCCURRED
Registration Number 2780147
Registration Date November 4, 2003
Owner (REGISTRANT) IGT CORPORATION NEVADA 9295 Prototype Drive Reno NEVADA 89511
Attorney of Record Sana Hakim
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(Trademark)
Word Mark COPS DONUTS
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: Donuts and bakery filled products, namely cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, plain and fried cakes; glazed fried cakes; filled fried cakes; custard based fillings for donuts, cookies, cakes and pies; pudding based fillings for donuts, cookies, cakes and pies; coffee; tea; cocoa. FIRST USE: 20050801. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20050801
IC 043. US 100 101. G & S: Restaurants and carry-out restaurants. FIRST USE: 20050801. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20050801
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 02.01.27 - Firemen; Men, policemen, firemen; Policemen
02.01.31 - Men, stylized, including men depicted in caricature form
08.01.09 - Bagels; Doughnuts (donuts)
14.11.09 - Ball and Chain (restraints); Handcuffs; Leg irons; Manacles; Restraints (ball and chain, handcuffs, leg irons, manacles)
Serial Number 76495920
Filing Date March 10, 2003
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition May 25, 2004
Registration Number 3021393
Registration Date November 29, 2005
Owner (REGISTRANT) Brand, John INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 6990 Village Parkway, Suite 209 Dublin CALIFORNIA 94568
Attorney of Record Susan Tall
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE DONUTS APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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