Undercover Cops Reveal Their Wildest Stories
We've all seen them portrayed in big-budget Hollywood films – the tough undercover cops who are willing to completely compromise their looks, personality, and their ethics in order to take down the bad guy. But what are undercover officers like in real life? Are their characteristics true to the ones we see in the movies?
Spoiler alert: It really is like the movies! The following 30 stories will have you on the edge of your seat, and make you feel pretty darn bad about your own boring profession.
"My dad did undercover for several years and talked about a meth head that he hung out with all the time and even babysat her kids when she went out to get high."- Crom80x
"I know a guy who often went undercover as a junkie."-Seanbeag
"I once was the gardener for a cop who worked undercover in the sex trade to identify pimps/traffickers and extract underage kids."-Whyevenbotherbeing
"My cousin was an under cover ATF agent."-Johnny_tremain
"As a former correctional officer, we had a situation where a major police department planted a cop in the prison to get information on a guy they believed was orchestrating hits from inside the prison."
The Warden knew and I knew (by accident) but not a single other CO knew, nor did any of the staff, including medical, and that's the way they wanted it. He went through receiving, he was categorized and placed. It was wild. He was there for a week, got the info they needed and got him out. It didn't become public knowledge that he was undercover until after I had left and it was a long while after as they were making a case. That was a surreal moment. -HunterQThompson
"I worked as a transcriptionist for a while, and I transcribed some tape taken off of body mics of undercover officers working a very notorious domestic terrorism case."-Fenwai
"I know a guy (retired police officer) who works as an investigator of crooked doctors."-YOUNGJOCISRELEVANT
"It wasn't me, but my grandfather. Guy worked narcotics. He had to get in with some guys who dealt meth and was pretending to be a user himself. I believe he actually had to shoot up once or twice. "-FookinBatman
"My husband and his brother worked for neighboring departments. Husband was undercover narcotics and his brother was a beat cop."
One night my husband was buying some crack from a group of dudes. One of the friends of the seller recognized my husband, probably from the court or something. The seller’s friend started saying 'This guy is a cop! I know he’s a cop. I’ve seen him before! You have to tell us if you’re a cop!"
First of all, that’s not true.
Second of all, my husband is a dick.
My husband replies 'No I’m not a cop. My piece of s*** brother is. How do you know my brother? Why do you know cops in [neighboring city]? [Seller], your boy is a narc. I’m not about to buy from a narc.'
Seller and his OTHER friends beat the guy who recognized my husband. Husband left the location unscathed, but sans crack. -GreatHammerHeadSnark
"My father's friend is an undercover officer who spent the last 2 months in the hospital."
He was put in a coma when his target found out that he was a cop. They beat him to death, so they thought. It took the police over an hour to get to him. He had a brain bleed and multiple fractures. The risk those guys take by going undercover is remarkable.
He made an amazing recovery and is now finishing recovery at home! -TRASHYRANGER
"Not me but a close family friend worked for 3 years as an undercover homeless narcotics officer in a beach city here in southern CA."rstates
"I worked forensic psych for over 15 years. Not long after I got started there, there was a story in the newspaper about a young cop who had just graduated from the academy. He was young but looked very young, like 16-17."
So the powers that be decided to put him in schools to combat the "growing drug problem" and he was playing a high school student interested in buying/dealing.
Apparently, all went well for a while, but then he started using cocaine (this was in the very early '80s). His habit got so bad it was noticed by his superiors and he was arrested.
All this to say, when he got to our hospital, he had a hole in his nose, in the septum, from snorting so much cocaine. He eventually was convicted and I forgot how much time he was given. -brutalethyl
"Not one myself, but my ex was. So there were lots of stories shared at parties."-JrSm1tty
"One time I had a Hollywood special effects guy to rig me up with a squib and radio control remote under my clothes."-Tapoutking666
"My mother was a Los Angeles police officer for most of the late ‘70s. Because she's as hard as they come, she was selected to go undercover in the Hillside Strangler case and spent Most of December, 1977 and January, 1978 pretending to be a prostitute in and around Los Angeles."
Basically, she would get gussied up and hang out in parks, looking to get picked up. She has an assortment of pretty crazy stories - busting a PCP factory when she was 8 months pregnant with me, dropping a handcuffed rapist on his face after he tried punching her, chasing gang-bangers on foot through back alleys in South Central, neutralizing a hostage situation in which the perp claimed he was receiving messages from outer space. She’s pretty much my hero. -baronvonzeugma
"Not me, but my best friend when he was a cop. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous."-markko79
"A friend of mine was a cop for years. One day he pulled over a speeder."
This grungy looking white trash guy gets out of the car. My friend peers at the guy standing on the side of the highway and says, 'Mark (or whatever his name was), is that you?' It was another cop he hadn’t seen for a long time. The guy (‘Mark’) shushes him and says, 'Just give me the ticket and don’t tell anyone you saw me.'
Turns out he had been undercover in a biker gang for about two years trying to find out where heroin was getting into the state from. -7LeagueBoots
"I got chatting to an ex-cop in an Irish bar in Baltimore."-Contentbat
"My father's cousin was high up in the state police doing undercover work trying to bust a drug ring or whatever. He was invited to the wedding and they decided it was okay to break cover for it."
My mom's side of the family... a little rougher and tumble. Her father (my grandpa) brought a few of his hunting buddies to the wedding.
Come to the ceremony and my father's cousin looks uncomfortable the whole time. They get to the reception and the cousin gives my father his gift, a short congratulations, and leaves. Next up is my grandpa with his hunting buddies.
The one hunting buddy hands my dad $1,000 in cash and says 'Hey I don't know you but sorry I'm an a***.' He leaves.
My parents think nothing of it and the wedding ends. They are preparing for their honeymoon the next week when the state police come knocking. Turns out the hunting buddy was suspect number 1 in the undercover case that my dad's cousin was working and the police were there to protect the wedding photos and guest list- expecting that the drug ring would come looking for names and retribution.
The wedding compromised my father's cousin's cover and he was forced to move on the drug ring all become of my parent's wedding. -reddit_rump_rush
"Not my story but one of my professors used to be an undercover agent with Homeland Security."damagedsquare
"A family friend of mine worked 10-plus years as a NYC undercover cop. As an undercover, he would always wear these outrageous costumes and disguises, and one of them was as an Hasidic Jew."Rushb87
"My dad was in the Baltimore Police department working drugs with The DEA and often went undercover."Chemicalit
"Not necessarily on purpose, but my uncle had a crazy story about how he wasn’t killed while undercover. He was an undercover biker gang cop."TheCheeseMan98
"My law teacher used to be a cop."Kek_Commando98
"An undercover stake-out cop lived in our house for a little over a week pretending to be a cousin of my father visiting."
He was there watching our (fairly new) neighbors' smuggling business and illegal alcohol distribution. He told me his last assignment had been pretending to be a homeless person. The stint had been awful, he had been attacked by a real homeless person, it was mid-winter and horrible weather. The big break came after a couple of months when the "bad guys" felt sorry for him one day and invited him in to get warm. He had gotten to sit there and just hear everything he wanted. He said he felt a bit bad though after that.
Quite a contrast to his next assignment at our place where he got to sit on the porch in the summer drinking lemonade in a lounge chair for a week and got to join in when we had BBQ parties. -draug88
"I was part of a Coast Guard aircrew that was tasked with standing by for possible medevac purposes during a large marijuana growing operation bust."-swedishfish81
"I've never gone 'deep cover' myself, but I've served a few interesting search warrants."
Most notable of which was a college professor using University funds to buy expensive equipment and then fence (sell) it. We had surveillance on this guy for weeks before executing the warrant.
Dude had enough guns to equip a small army. Unfortunately, our search warrant included "any and all weapons." We spent more time inventorying old rifles and machine guns than anything actually relevant to the case (most of those were given back.)
The scariest thing was when we were going through some camera data. Dude had bunches of pictures of my partner and I in our unmarked doing advance surveillance. Given the arsenal he had, he could have eliminated us at any time. -revenant10-15
"Not me, but an old boyfriend in the DEA. He was originally from Colombia, completely fluent, and his job was doing deals in Central America."-[deleted]
"A friend of mines father was an ATF officer. Their group's goal was to of infiltrating the Hells Angels in Arizona and inevitably take them down."-starvulpes
"Dad worked undercover back in the '70s. There was a big drug trafficking problem at a college, so he posed as a student to get in with some of the crew."
He would go to parties and socialize with peers till he found the source then infiltrate.
At one party, in particular, the group was tripping hard on acid. So.....to make a scene and "fit in" he acted like a cow, ate grass from the front lawn and convinced the other guys it tasted like cotton candy...till they joined in.
Sometime later, they were able to bust up the trafficking ring and his success lead to promotion. He was offered the position of chief in a local precinct. He passed it up and told the board 'I'd rather get paid to party and meet chicks.'-chrisp_87