The small screen has never had a shortage of police procedurals to offer home audiences, and out of all the incredibly entertaining options available, the CBS series “Blue Bloods” is arguably one of the best on television. The brilliant cast and accurate execution of police-related storylines is most assuredly why the show has resonated so well with fans over the years.
Despite being constantly snubbed by the Emmys, “Blue Bloods” continues to be a hit with viewers, which is impressive, given all of the options of shows to watch. The series from showrunner Kevin Wade has been a consistent ratings success for over a decade (via TV Insider), and the show has garnered a very impressive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The crime drama showcases different aspects of law enforcement following the day-to-day efforts of the criminal justice dynasty known as the Reagan family. Whether it’s dealings with the District Attorney’s office or walking the beat in uniform, “Blue Bloods” covers a lot of what goes on in the world of policing.
While most of it seems pretty boilerplate, certain aspects of the cop language spoken on the show are not likely part of everyone’s daily lexicon. Some of the terminology and police jargon can be hard to grasp for those not fully associated with the practices of law enforcement. One particular acronym heard several times throughout the series is “RMP” and viewers are probably very curious to know what that means.
RMP stands for Radio Motor Patrol Car
According to AllAcronyms.com, RMP stands for Radio Motor Patrol Car. The abbreviated term is utilized by police, law enforcement, and the government. The practice of using that acronym started in the 1930s when police cars started having radio receivers installed. The automobiles that had this new feature were referred to as Radio Motor Patrol cars or RMP to save time (via PoliceNY.com).
This attention to detail regarding the show’s authenticity isn’t surprising, given how well the show is known for accurately depicting policing. One of the main reasons they are able to accomplish this feat is with the help of their technical adviser, retired first-grade NYPD detective James Nuciforo. His background has helped keep the series grounded and arguably enhances the experience for viewers. While Nuciforo does give them plenty of notes, he told CBS 58 that certain things he mentions wouldn’t make the cut. “I also know that this is a television show, it’s not a documentary. I give them reality, and then we work with it from there. They can’t use everything I give them.” But considering how long the show’s successful run has endured, it would seem like what they are taking from their technical adviser is working out immensely.
While there are still most assuredly things about “Blue Bloods” fans may not be aware of, at least the meaning of the acronym RMP will not be one of them any longer.