Saturday, May 24, 2014

Don't Swear

Don't swear at people while you are on duty, in uniform.  Get used to talking to your friends, co-workers, relatives without using swear words.  Practice not swearing even when you are driving alone and someone else does something stupid.  Don't even swear when you hit your thumb with your hammer.

You want to get out of the practice of swearing so that in an emergency you don't swear.  You don't want to have to explain why you were swearing at the suspect while you were investigating him, arresting him, or even hitting or shooting him.

Anything you can avoid having to explain is a good thing.  It's difficult enough to explain why you had to shoot someone without having to explain why you were calling them names or swearing at them. It's all part of the use of verbal commands in your use of force tactical toolbox; that's what the SGT Says.


*Goddess* said...

I like that you address these sorts of issues.

Being in the presence of an officer can be very upsetting, depending on the circumstances and when they don't control their language, it only adds to the stress. And swearing never added points to anyone's IQ levels:).

Mike Creek said...

There may be occasion to swear. I just think it does not happen very often. Officers will be judged based on what they say and do. If you don't swear, it's one less thing to explain.