HR Strange But True!
February 02, 2004

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 suspects.

"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 force.

Source: Fox News

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