Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Never Do This

Due to recent news stories out of both Memphis, Tennessee and New York City, let me make something clear. It is never appropriate to solicit prostitutes for sex while on duty in uniform. Unless you are specifically assigned to work a vice sting and arrest prostitutes, it is not appropriate to solicit prostitutes for sex.

In several agencies recently this seems to be a problem. Officers on duty, in marked patrol cars, in uniform asking prostitutes for sex. This is officers who are sworn to uphold the law not only breaking the law but doing so on duty, in uniform. This is an embarrassment to their agency and to police everywhere. Officers who are paid to enforce the law are instead breaking the law. A serious ethical lapse; officers are paid to prevent a problem are instead participating in that problem.

Officers who participate in this activity should be suspended. If they are found to have actually seriously solicited or had sex with a prostitute on duty in uniform or in a marked patrol car they should be terminated on the first offense. Candidates for employment would not be hired if they had been convicted of having sex with prostitutes. Prostitutes are typically using the money to pay for drugs. Prostitutes often have diseases and certainly we don’t want to pay for someone who got AIDS on the job as a Workers Compensation claim because they were having sex with prostitutes at work. Don’t have sex with a prostitute; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

We had something along those lines in Fort Wayne recently that led to a detective resigning the department.
(I blogged about it on 8 June)

Thing is, he still gets full pension, even after 21 suspensions.

How many "second chances" are people supposed to get these days?
It makes 'ya wonder.

Roll safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

The Orange County Sheriff is in prison and still gets his pension. What's wrong with this picture? It's government employees sticking up for each other, judges and lawmakers won't take away the pensions because they may have their own taken away. Another reason for pension reform.