We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright strange...
Police officers in Portland, Ore., had better watch their mouths.
A police-review commission spent weeks conducting a "profanity audit"
and found that 63 complaints had been lodged about officers' language over an
18-month period. As a result, a new profanity policy allows officers to curse
only when they think it will help them to avoid using force. And when they do
curse, it's up to them to justify it in a written report, according to Fox News.
The police department intends to track cop cursing and discipline those who
receive too many complaints.
The officers, according to Fox, say it's one more level of politically correct
scrutiny from a public that doesn't appreciate the job they do. Some argue that
profanity is a tool that can help them get the respect and attention of crime
"You say, 'Put the God-d----- gun down,' and you say it in a way that
communicates the seriousness of your intention, so that you avoid having to
use deadly force," said Robert King, president of the Portland Police Association.
Some city leaders say the flap is reassuring in a way, since it means their
department isn't plagued by more serious problems, such as corruption or excessive