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Hello Community,

I love to watch cops on TV and shows like it. When I watch it is hard to tell what they are saying sometimes, so they have closed captions and I find that a lot of the time the cops with be swearing and what not. All you see is Text, Text, Text, Swear, Text, and so on. This is what has lead me into the next part of my post.

My question for the community is what do you think about cops swearing. I’m not talking about the show cops at this point but law enforcement in general. I do not look at cops as our country’s leaders but I do see them as small town leaders and people that we can look up too.

Should cops be able to swear and speak their mind when in duty? Or does it bring a bad appeal to the over all atmosphere when you see that kind of behavior from a public works person? On the other hand sometime when a cop swears at someone it can help then to get the situation under control, but I see that very little so with all of this content in mind what are your opinions?

Thanks, Brandon Denison

asked Dec 14 '10 at 22:08

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Swearing should be permitted as it's just an aspect of language; however they should be educated on how use of such language makes them seem ignorant. Moreover, that type of language can be inflammatory and make a bad situation worse.

Imagine a police officer saying "I pulled you over because you were going over the speed-limit" Vs. "I stopped you for driving like a dick".

answered Dec 14 '10 at 22:32

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Yeah I see what your saying. I feel like this topic can be looked at in so many ways. Like the way you mentioned. The thing is there are cops who do talk to the public like that.

(Dec 14 '10 at 22:42) bdenn bdenn's gravatar image

The only real problem I see here is that the cop has failed to explain the infraction. I did a lot of dickish things back there, care to elaborate?

(Dec 15 '10 at 00:21) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

The point I'm trying to make here is that he's calling someone a name which automatically puts the person in a defensive mood.

Tone and vocabulary can make a huge difference in reaction from a civilian. Law enforcement should be well educated in this area because they can not only keep things from getting out of had and can potentially take control of a situation using words alone.

(Dec 15 '10 at 01:08) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

Yeah, I mean that was just an example. But that kind of thing does happen and happens a lot. I feel most of the time it will make a bad situation even worse.

(Dec 15 '10 at 12:49) bdenn bdenn's gravatar image

Only if you are allowed to swear back.

Police are supposed to be role models and setting an example, so no I don't believe they should curse there's no need for it.

answered Dec 15 '10 at 04:27

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Swearing is part of the english language, as long as they use it in context their is no problem with it.

answered Dec 15 '10 at 12:55

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That may be right. But swearing is deemed as bad and inappropriate language in our society. So, It appears to make them look un professional.

(Dec 15 '10 at 13:03) bdenn bdenn's gravatar image

True. But if they take somebody down and in a victorious moment go "I got you you son-of-a-bitch" Then that makes sense. I never got what about those words made them rude though.

(Dec 15 '10 at 13:05) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

Cops will do what cops want to do, legal or not. On the other hand, if you get pulled over and you cuss at the cop, you'll most likely wind up in jail. Yeah, big double standard...

answered Dec 15 '10 at 19:50

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I mean I'm looking at this from an ethnical view point. I feel that it is interesting that we all think the same or different on this.

Personal I feel that they should not be able to swear because what if they are pissed and start cussing out someone and then later find out it was mistaken Identity.

answered Dec 15 '10 at 21:08

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