a brother officer

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You’d never get something like this by going through ‘channels.’ You have to get on the brothernet.”
“What’s the brothernet?”
“If you know a brother officer and you ask him for a favor, he’s gonna do it for you if he possibly can. That’s the brothernet.
My guy also —”

Tom Wolfe. Back to Blood

What meaning of brother is actual here? Since they are policemen in the same city it obviouslu doesn't concern with homeland thing. Having done service in the same unit? Just friends?
  • pob14

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    American English
    Police officers, like firefighters and soldiers and others who face harm together on a daily basis, tend to consider other members of the profession "brothers." It just means "another officer," but it emphasizes the brotherhood they feel for each other.
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