To be clear, receiving a Letter of Reprimand as a rookie is almost certain to keep you from advancing in the department. So any hopes of joining a specialized unit or making detective should be abandoned. Given those constraints, you’ll have to decide if the life of a patrol officer is good enough for you.

Sgt. Grey

At the end of the day we only think we know other people. I learned that the hard way.


The mindset that bad behavior is okay as long as it produces justice is a cancer and is long past time we treat it as such.

Sgt. Grey

This office is the only investigative unit required by the California Constitution. Do you know why? Because police officers are infused with the power of the state. The power to take a life in pursuit of justice. Power that is all too easily abused and yet at every turn cops like you look at us like the enemy, the Rat Squad. How the hell do you expect me to root out problem cops when I’m sabotaged at every turn?

Commander West

Nolan: I am really sorry.
Harper: And I am really looking forward to yelling at you when we are on the other side of this.

Forget about your job, Nolan. I’m trying to keep you out of prison.


Nick: I’m out.
Reuben: There is no out. You know this.

Harper: So what? Armstrong murdered Erin to shut her up? Do you realize what you are accusing him of?
Nolan: Yes, I do. He’s my friend and a mentor and this is killing me but if I’m right, he’s betraying everything we stand for.

Bradford: But Cisco’s been radio silent since he was sent a request for a meet yesterday.
Chen: And you’re worried he’s been compromised?
Bradford: I’m worried he’s been dumped in a shallow grave.

Chen: I still can’t believe karaoke bars are covers for brothels.
Bradford: Everywhere is a cover for a brothel.
Chen: That’s depressing.

Cops make the best criminals.


Nick: No, I won’t. I’ve done a lot of bad things for you but I ain’t doing that.
Reuben Darien: Yes you will, my friend, because when you sell me your soul you don’t get to choose how I use it.

The Rookie Quotes

Grief is grief. It’s a hole that can’t be filled but over time it will shrink enough so that you won’t fall in every time you take a step. If there’s one thing you can use to make you a better cop, it will be her life, not her death.

Officer Bradford

I love Rookie Day. It’s Christmas and the Purge in one.

Officer Bradford