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Sorry, Kirby. Lots to do today. Gotta apprehend a couple of donuts!
— Chief Bookem • Kirby Takes the Cake

Chief Bookem is the only police officer of Cappy Town, and there isn't much for him to do, but he doesn't let that discourage him. He lives in his house/police station with his wife Buttercup. Not only is he a police officer, but also a traffic director, as seen in Hail to the Chief.

In the episode, Hail to the Chief, he said that he was a former member of a military group called the Rough Ranger Corps. This, however, turned out to be a false story he told to the children of Cappy Town to entertain them and it was his brother who was in the Rangers.

There is only one criminal in his jail cell who can easily get out of the cell if he wants to.

Physical Appearence

Bookem is a peach colored Cappy with a long black mustache that sports a standard teal police uniform with yellow buttons, with the cap and badge included. He also has a leather belt with a gun in his pouch, which he never uses (at least, not in the dub).


Bookem cares a lot about his job and will do anything to help people with their problems, in fact whenever someone is in trouble, he will not think twice about helping, although he almost never seems to worry about the consequences, like that one time where he brought all the garbage from the lost-and-found without thinking that his house would become filthyA Trashy Tale. He has a tendency to often get exhausted due to his age getting in the way of his duties. Chief Bookem is also a hobbyist singer, but his attempts at singing are often poor due to his lack of much talentsAbusement Park, a trait which is explored even further in episodes like eNeMeE Elementary when he is appointed as the music teacher.


Bookem's name is based on the phrase "Book 'em", meaning to arrest someone.


The Rough Rangers Squad is the toughest fighting force on the planet. My buddies and me got stuck in some real jams on the battlefield, but we never gave up. It's like us Rangers always say, Tuff: "Always try!"
— Chief Bookem • Hail to the Chief
Hmm... so you allege that the citizens of Cappy Town are conspiring against you. Hmm...and why exactly do you want to meet with Kirby?
— Chief Bookem • Here Comes the Son
Hey! No eating the evidence!
— Chief Bookem • Ninja Binge
I'm sorry, Your Highness, but I gotta do my duty. Next time you wanna steal, just raise our taxes.
— Chief Bookem • Snack Attack - Part I
Sure, sure. It's easy for you to say, but I'll tell ya it's not all my fault. What about all them folks in town who can't hold on to things?
— Chief Bookem • A Trashy Tale
I'm lockin' you up as non-combatant detainees.
— Chief Bookem, to King Dedede & Escargoon • Combat Kirby


  • In the dub, whenever he agrees with someone, he uses the phrase "as long as it's legal," a reference to his work as a police officer.
  • In most cases, all uses of Chief Bookem's gun were deleted in the dub.
  • Bookem is the chief's last name; his first name is never revealed.