Bunky the cop

“Bunky”…The Baltimore cop and REAL Community Policing.

Meet “Bunky.” First thing I asked, “How’d you get a name like “Bunky?” His real name is Chuck but his younger brothers called him “Bunky” and it stuck.

The “Bunkster” always wanted to be a cop. Growing up in Baltimore it was his decision to become a member of the BPD.

He was assigned to the Southwest Division where he remained for 21 years. Doing the things that cops do. Settling disputes, identifying potential problems, making arrests and generally having his ear to the ground. “Bunky” knew what was going on. The residents trusted him…well most of them.

At the conclusion of a hearing before a judge, His honor would ask the defendant if what the officer testified to was true. The bad guy would often say…”Well, if Officer “Bunky” says it happened that way then that’s the way it happened”

Don’t hear that too much anymore.

After 21 years he transferred to TAC where he got cool assignments. Working undercover, securing the waterfront and, get this, riding a dirt bike on assignment.

After 33 years “Bunky” retired. That’s OK, he earned it. Gonna bet those citizens in the SWD miss Officer “Bunky.”




Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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