Bobbies is a colloquial term for police officers in the United Kingdom. The term is derived from Sir Robert Peel, who was the Home Secretary in the 1820s and is credited with establishing the modern police force in England and Wales. Peel’s police officers became known as “Peelers” or “Bobbies,” and the term has been used to refer to police officers in the UK ever since.
In the United Kingdom, police officers are typically referred to as “police” or “the police,” rather than as “cops,” which is the term used in the United States. There are several different police forces in the UK, including the Metropolitan Police, which serves London, and the police forces of each of the individual countries (England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland).