NYPD's New Goal: Clean Up Cops' Foul Mouths

'It's not that hard' to train out the curse words: deputy commissioner
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2014 1:59 PM CST
NYPD's New Goal: Clean Up Cops' Foul Mouths
Mayor Bill de Blasio, top center, leans over to talk with Police Commissioner William Bratton as Police Academy graduates arrive for their graduation ceremony, Monday June 30, 2014.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The New York Police Department has a new deputy commissioner, and he's already on a mission. Michael Julian intends to cut down cursing among New York's cops, the New York Post reports. One reason for that: 30% of complaints against cops "involve a curse word," Julian says. "It’s all about a New York attitude. New Yorkers like to curse," he notes. "But you can change. And when we teach them …They will see that they are doing it for effect and they don’t have to do it anymore."

Julian, who's the head of police training, says ending cursing is "not that hard," Capital New York reports. "Commanders have done it in their own precincts, so that’s an easy one, the language." Julian is also fighting to reduce the use of "unnecessary force," he says. "New York City cops are not brutal. You don’t see the Rodney-King-type force, (but) you see the extra kick and the punch," he notes. "They have to get in control of their emotions and the adrenaline." (More NYPD stories.)

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