I was going to describe the BIG PC when something
suddenly occurred to me... if you're old enough to
be a police officer, and you're breathing, you've
been immersed in political correctness your entire
life. If you think it's bad now, wait until you become
a police officer. The quickest, and surest, way for
you to get into trouble, as a police officer, is with
your mouth. While the PC crowd would love to hold
you accountable for what they think you're thinking,
you still have to help them out by verbalizing your
politically incorrect thoughts.
Never forget... saying the wrong thing, at the
wrong time, to the wrong person, can end your
career. Even if what you say is true, but politically
incorrect, you could be toast. You ask, "What
about free speech... my 1st Amendment rights?"
Yea... well, if you have 50K laying around to get you
to the Federal Courthouse door, you'll probably
prevail. If you're not independently wealthy, pay
attention to what I'm saying.
Years ago, it was pretty simple. There were three
things a police officer didn't engage in... "snooze,
booze, and [deleted]. I think that last word is
probably not politically correct. Those activities
were not spontaneous; you had ample time to
consider the stupidity of your actions. Today, a
mere word or phrase you utter can land you in
trouble. Obviously, politics; religion; sex, and any
subject where people hold strong social views are
areas to be avoided.
Don't think for a moment... a second, or a
millisecond, that you're safe in sharing politically
incorrect conversation with other police officers.
You might as well be speaking into a tape recorder.
Look, you'll be working with some fabulous people,
and some who are not so fabulous. Some of the
not so fabulous... people are those who became
police officers for reasons having nothing to do with
a desire to do police work. You'll recognize them
quickly. They'll be the ones regularly making loud
and obnoxious comments, but they'll be politically
"Don't think for a moment... a second, or a
millisecond, that you're safe in sharing
politically incorrect conversation with other
police officers." ~ Barry M. Baker
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