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  • Zuko
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    Swearing

    I was suspended for saying to a bad guy "Put your F****** hands up" It was during a take down of an armed robbery suspect. When the boss asked me what I would do different, my answer was, I would do nothing different. It was a nice week off from work, okay I'm over it I believe we should act professional, however there are times we have to do or say things, that may not look or sound to good. That is the price of doing business

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  • olnacl
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    nothing to see here
    Last edited by olnacl; 05-18-2006, 02:39 PM.

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  • haus409
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    ^Yeah, tried that last week...it just wasn't enough motivation for the bastard to stop. Methed out little *****. I was the only Officer with no backup and he got away from me, but I owe him and he knows it. He's graduated to the top of my ****list and theres only one way off of it.

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  • olnacl
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    nothing to see here
    Last edited by olnacl; 05-18-2006, 02:38 PM.

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  • e-man
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    Originally posted by haus409

    I'm the worst during foot pursuits, it just comes natural, I can't help it. Hopefully I'll never have any foot pursuits through a school yard
    I thought only I would sputter some crazy stuff during foot chases. We were chasing some kids last year, breaking into cars right at breakfast time No one interrupts breakfast at 0400... I let some funny **** out that the boys still kid me about. "you better freeze mutha Fu## or Ill shoot your f'in *** off" OOOPssss. Even the Sgt laughed. I kinda miss those gys in my old department.

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  • olnacl
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    nothing to see here
    Last edited by olnacl; 05-18-2006, 02:38 PM.

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  • haus409
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    No offense, but your FTO was an idiot for yelling at you during the stop. He could have gotten you both seriously hurt by doing so.
    I would have been very ****ed that he undermined your authority during such a situation. That is probably a good indication of what kind of Officer he is and how well he is liked in your dept.

    We just discussed the profanity thing during our most recent departmental *** chewing. Word in our dept. is, from the Chief, yes many of these ****bags needs a mother-f######, just be careful who you do it in front of. I.E. when you tell the group of drug dealers fighting in the city park what they are, don't do it in front of a group in the park for a baby shower...

    I'm the worst during foot pursuits, it just comes natural, I can't help it. Hopefully I'll never have any foot pursuits through a school yard

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  • e-man
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    Originally posted by sflcop
    I'm with you. My first department had policy in writing that profanity WILL NOT be used under ANY circumstances. Sad thing is, I have actually seen officers written up for it.
    I read in American Police beat a about a yr or 2 ago that Portland, OR has a PROFANITY use report Fuc#*n liberals.
    SOme people only respoind to certain words and by using the proper polite stuff they see it as a sign of weakness not professionalism.
    BTW SFL, this was not directed at u just using your statements for my lead in.. Thanks

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  • gotthblues
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    at least im not the only one that thought that,,,i actually stopped and thought to myself, what????,,,but i agree with everyone,,some people only understand profainity and you have to talk the language that people understand.

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  • Bearcatz06
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    Originally posted by gotthblues
    i was going to say the same thing on both points,,,,i was on fto and at the end of a pursuit (domestic & possession of a rifle) i yelled a couple of times to get on the ground, while he was standing by his truck, and i yelled get on the f***kin ground, my fto, during the felony stop, yells at me for cursing. so no, its not an accepted practice, it also looks unprofessional in court.
    No offense, but your FTO was an idiot for yelling at you during the stop. He could have gotten you both seriously hurt by doing so.

    As for where I am at......we do it all the time.....just part of the rural life of the turds I deal with.
    But once again, it depends on who your dealing with. If I am taking a Burglary report from some guy that lives in a 1/2 Million Dollar house on the lake, then I am nice and would never use profane words in front or around him.
    But If I am on a traffic stop and some turd doesn't do as I tell him/her to do, then it's game on....and he/she will get cursed at because it's the only thing they know and most will respond accordingly.....or they face the pain of OC or a taser.

    Ask them, tell them, make them.....works every time.

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  • cst.sb
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    Different rules for different situations, that's what I think. We work and dynamic enviroment, no two calls, and no two people are ever the same. One toad will respond to be politely being asked in the car, or wagon, and next will have be dragged kicking and screaming!

    Common sense should tell someone when it's appropriate to swear or not. I know that if I was a toad, I'd rather someone swear at me to get my attention, than "riding light" of a taser.

    Swearing, like tasers, batons, OC and firearms is a tool. And we all know what happens when the tools to our job are removed! We jump to the next tool up the ladder!!!!

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  • gotthblues
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    Originally posted by Luke
    We never want to use profanity in day to day situations. It shows lack of respect to the people we are dealing with.



    Now, on the flip side, some people don't understand something until you cuss at them. You can tell them to have a seat 3 or 4 times and they won't do it until you say, "SIT THE F**K DOWN!" Some people just don't understand normal language.

    I try never to use profanity, but sometimes its necessary.
    i was going to say the same thing on both points,,,,i was on fto and at the end of a pursuit (domestic & possession of a rifle) i yelled a couple of times to get on the ground, while he was standing by his truck, and i yelled get on the f***kin ground, my fto, during the felony stop, yells at me for cursing. so no, its not an accepted practice, it also looks unprofessional in court.

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  • Bodie
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    Had a rookie one night try to get a drunk to stop fighting. He said "Sir stop resisting us" LT slapped the rookie on the back and said quit calling that piece of **** "SIR" and quickly cuffed the guy.

    Stopped in front of a car one night and with it lite up with beacons and spotlight told both subjects "GET OUT OF THE CAR" Their reply was "HUH".
    Second commnad was GET OUT OF F"IN CAR NOW as I arcked one into the 870. Next reply was OKAY OKAY OFFICER>

    They only understand the language they talk and live.

    God will forgive you if you swear a little as long as you don't take his name in vein etc. On the streets there are no language rules.

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  • davidh304
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    You don't get called a dumbass until you actually start acting like a dumbass. Or until you start swearing at me.

    I agree it sounds better not to use it, but sometime's you just have to call someone a ******** because......well.......they're acting like a dick head.
    Last edited by davidh304; 08-05-2005, 01:57 PM.

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  • Stan Switek
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    As a general rule, profanity is not a good practice for uniformed personnel. As L-1 descibes, there my be rare exceptions. On the other hand if you are working an undercover assignment it may very well be part of your role & very much accepted.

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