Cop or Soldier?

Harder than you think. Try this quiz to see if you can identify whether the subjects are cops or soldiers.

I got 15 out of 21.


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  • Groans

    This is the type of cop we needed during the 1981 Springbok tour. 

    • Gazzaw

      Or K’ Rd tonight.

    • Gazzaw

      Or K’ Rd tonight.

  • Yeah then there would have had real blood on the streets not just drops from head wounds Eh?

  • Yeah then there would have had real blood on the streets not just drops from head wounds Eh?

  • naylor

    17. Need both to clean up the Union scum blocking the scenic drive along Auckland’s waterfront.

  • Scanner

    !7 / 21 the only thing that comes out of this are there a lot of cops out there that think they are soldiers

  • Tookinator

    I got 15 also

  • Coventry

    16 & weren’t the guys in image 15 NZ SAS ?

  • Orange

    18/21 oh yeah baby

  • Anonymous

    I got 11 out of 21, Boys and their toys, even better when someone else is paying for them.

  • Michael Duke

    I got 17/21.

    However Q12 is just disturbing if the answer is right.

    • Orange

      I find it difficult to believe that one.

      • Anonymous

        I too found it hard to believe the person in the photo was a cop, especially with an AT4 next to him! So I did some googling and found out that he is not a cop at all and the quiz is wrong.

        “by SGT Horace Murray

        March 3, 2004

        First Class Mark Moody from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
        mans a M-60 machine gun in the turret of a High Mobility Multipurpose
        Wheeled Vehicle, while someone changes a truck tire on the way to
        Asadabad, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Horace Murray. This photo
        appeared on”

        Yeeeah… definitely not a cop.

  • Sweetd

    14 out of 21.  The give away, in hind sight is the helmet.  The cop ones look different to the army guys.

  • EX Navy Greg

    19, shoulder emblems help

    • Hakim of Phut

      Yes, military have to wear recognisable uniforms or insignia to be recognised as combatants. Police  can look like blanket man if they wish !

  • TCrwdb

    17/21 – general criteria – any form of star patch or badge = cop, cleanskin helmet usually = cop, young and fit = soldier, clean polished vehicle = cop, radio with mic clipped to front = cop, heavy weapons = soldier (which is where 12 got me, I’m not convinced 12 is a cop)

  • Mickrodge

    Yeah, 19/21 for me but the dude cruising around in the APC with the “pig” in #12 surely isn’t a cop is he???

    • Ex Army

      Pig and Anti Armour Weapon close at hand. Not emblem smudged 

  • Quintin Hogg


  • Simon

    19/21 Yep got the pig in the APC with a machine gun wrong as well. What is he going to do with a machine gun.

    • Spiker

      Why storm your compound of course.

      17/21 for me.

    • Michael Duke

      The MG was not my main worry TBH.  It was the rocket launcher on the desk between the cop/soldier and the camera that had me worried :)

      Looks like a FGM-172 SRAW or similar!

  • Mark Brown

    18/21 Lol @ the douche (no not David Farrier) applying cam cream with his nice camo smock and…………… a fucking great big silver sheriffs star on his pocket. Good job, mate!

  • Symgardiner


  • Frederico

    Damn 15/21 which makes me below avg….neh!

  • Hakim of Phut

    Some people here dont know  a lot of european countries have paramilitary police. Same goes for Mexico.

  • TCrwdb

    I wonder what Military Police would be classified as? :)

    • Mick

      They are defined as combatants are are subject to the Geneva Conventions and Protocols.

  • Joes

    19. The cop in the APC & the one applying cam paint got me.

    • Joes

      By “APC” I mean question 11 or 12 ish

  • Anonymous

    16 / 21.. but you really had to look hard to figure it out

  • Horace the Grump

    12/21…  some of them you would have to know the equipment they are using – esp the last one!

  • Anonymous

    18/21 – black helmets al la CO19 is a givaway, BDU not popular with the plod.

  • Dr Wang

    15/21 – about average?

  • Sarah

    and the girl got 17/21   not bad.  had to really look at the whole picture though.  Fun

  • tas

    17/21 that was hard.

  • Anonymous

    The  cop with the M60 and AT4  got me.

    • Chris

       He isn’t a cop. You got it correct. He is infact a US Army Special Forces Soldier of the 19th Special Forces Group.

  • Vlad

    My result was so wrong I’m not telling…..they all look like soldiers to me

  • Bart

    Not only is the bearded man in question 15 definitely a soldier, he is a NZSAS soldier!!

    • ConwayCaptain

      Willie Apiata VC actually

      • Frederico

        No it fuckin isnt..thats an insult to the dude in the photo!
        Im sure Apiata would agree

  • Tom

    17 for me, giveaway when they are 40 odd and not fit as fuck. Thats copper all over. A couple were tricky, they aren’t highway patrol hahaha

  • Steve and Monique

    The guy putting on the camouflage paint in an open area?! A soldier would NEVER do that unless they want their head blown off, kind of defeats the purpose of camo really!

  • Whalerider_3

    19. Not bad for a leftie.

  • Ratchet

    17/23. The guy concentrating hard on putting his camo paint on ‘just right’ SCREAMS cop. Fuck it, I’m claiming 18/21 because there is no fu*king way guy in the APC with the M60 and anti-armour weapon is a fu*king cop!

  • Chris

    I got all correct except one…..Which happened to be incorrectly tagged as a Police Officer when he is actually a Soldier of the US Army’s 19th Special Forces Group in Afgahnistan during 2004. So you could say I got them all correct :D. The photo in question is the one of the Soldier in Desert BDU’s with US Flag, tan painted MICH 2000 Helmet sitting in back of an HMMVW with an M60 Machine Gun, MK 19 Grenade Launcher and a M136 84mm rocket strapped in the foreground…….guess I’ m too good at this game ;)