OAKLAND (KCBS) – As Oakland pushes for more community policing, the city’s top cop is trying to crack down on the use of foul language by officers.

As reported by The Bay Citizen, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said the use of profanity has no place in a department looking to improve its image, already having trouble with decades of mistrust in the community.

Kimblyn Bryant with the Oakland Community Organizations said it is a step in the right direction.

“Whatever measures are necessary to improve that, we have to be able to work together,” Bryant said. “Some of the conditions that we’re facing are only going to be solved when the community and the police work together.”

But not everyone is in agreement with the move. Sergeant Dom Arotzararena, the president of the Oakland Police Officer’s Association, said he understands where the chief is coming from but there is a time and place for hard language to be used in Oakland.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

“I’m not saying that we’re going to talk to a librarian or teacher or your mom or anyone like this (in that manner),” he said. “But you have to get firm with some people. Some people just don’t comply with, Sir put your hands up.”

Several recent cases in which officers were disciplined for profanity have drawn the line in the sand between the two sides.

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Comments (9)
  1. iswhatisis says:

    Nevermind all that murder stuff, lets stop the good guys from cussing.

  2. dbarco says:

    I think the sound bite from the POA spokesperson was right on. When talking to normal law abiding folks, by all means keep it professional and clean, but the punk on the street only understands a firmer tone!

  3. me says:

    Another step to neuter cops. Let them just do their job Batts. Stop selling your department out.

  4. LT Fang says:

    Pay attention to foul behavior.
    I couldn’t care less about foul language.

  5. E says:

    You can’t expected to be respected as an officer of the law if you use the same foul language that many of the people you are trying to apprehend are using. There is never any good reason for anyone working for and with the public in a public safety position to swear. That should only be behind closed doors when only you and your fellow officers are letting off steam about the day you just had at work. Children look up to police/fire/paramedics etc etc… but when you see video of police on TV being bleeped or in person and they are swearing.. how do you tell a child that swearing in unecessary and get them to understand that they can get their point across without swearing. I believe police are supposed to set an example of how good society can be. Not swearing is very appropriate and reasonable request and I can’t believe the POA is kicking up a stink about it. They should be ashamed of the POA spokesman for the silly quote. All police officers everywhere.. be proud of your job and be aware that despite the low-lifes you deal with every day.. most people look to you to be an example in your community… and that can certainly include not swearing.

    1. Ray says:

      Hey Fang work the streets for a while and deal with that certain segment of our society that only understands street lingo then you will have a better understanding why bad language is used. clueless !

    2. PT says:

      “I’m not saying that we’re going to talk to a librarian or teacher or your mom or anyone like this (in that manner),” he said. “But you have to get firm with some people. Some people just don’t comply with, Sir put your hands up.” — exactly wrong.

      Swear and EVERYONE loses respect for you – you are just trying to out-thug the thug. Really, you *need* to swear to do your job? Not likely.

  6. Justin Goble says:

    why dont you crack down on the drug dealing and gangster and not worry about the foul language. you should worry about them just doing there job in cleaning up the streets and the the gangs . oakland PD is a joke

  7. Jack Oakland says:

    Really? The city is a ‘War Zone’ without enough OPD Officers and the priority is foul language. Wow, that will make the City of Oakland a safer place….

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