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Bratton: NYPD Training That Tells Officers to Close Eyes in Tense Situations "Work in Progress"

February 24, 2015  | 

A defensive NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday admitted that the department’s much-mocked retraining program for 22,000 officers is “a work in progress” and said he will make changes “as are appropriate.”

His comments came less than a week after The New York Post exclusively reported that officers were falling asleep during some of the lectures and also had been told to pop breath mints when they felt like cursing.

In addition, trainees were instructed to spray protesters with baby oil so they couldn’t link arms, and shown a clip from the Patrick Swayze flick “Road House,” in which the actor’s character teaches fellow bouncers to “be nice” when insulted by roughnecks.

The commissioner, speaking to reporters at a Black History Month event at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens, disputed the idea that most cops gave a thumbs-down to the three-day training in a survey afterward.

He said initial polling showed that a majority of the officers who took the mandatory training so far thought it would lead to less use of force on the job.

Comments (12)

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kevCopAz @ 2/24/2015 3:29 PM

wow, a $35 Mil "work in progress"? Sad when a "cops cop" like Bratton falls to this point, doing anything he can kissing up to such a loser lib mayor just to keep his job and in the top spot. Sad, have some pride, leave with your past reputation before you became a used hack Mr. Bratton.

Tom Ret @ 2/24/2015 3:56 PM

Officers encouraged to arm themselves with baby oil and closing their eyes during confrontations I suspect is brought to you by the minds that thought up giving the ISIS terrorists jobs to deter them from cutting off heads and burning people alive. Being old school, I would say someone has their head up their ass.

Doc @ 2/24/2015 4:41 PM

You are freaking kidding me!!!

Alan Mark @ 2/24/2015 9:54 PM

Of Course " it would lead to less use of force on the job", they now have proof that their Administration will not support them, when they are doing Police Work that isn't "touchy feely" and "sensitive"... I'm guessing that their Arrest Stats will also have a drop, as a result of this.

Mark Tarte @ 2/24/2015 10:06 PM

With this "training" Bratton has proven one thing. He is a political shill for the mayor. I'll bet dollars to donuts that the "trainers" are people who have never been a cop, or if they were, they were admin types with minimal time on the job in a safe beat before they got "special" assignments. If ANY cop tries this crap on the street, they will be hurt or worse...

Greg @ 2/25/2015 3:31 AM

Just do what DOJ suggested women do when they're going to be raped....Pee your pants. It is the mayor's way.

XXXXX @ 2/25/2015 5:34 AM

This is an awesome idea. Next time my supervisor catches me grabbing a quick nap on midnight shift I'm just going to tell him, "Oh no boss, you got it all wrong." "You see this big scary guy was yelling at me so I just closed my eyes for awhile until he went away." Now the baby oil maybe a little harder to explain :)

HRPufnstuf @ 2/25/2015 12:27 PM

Maybe the trainers got the baby oil idea from having their heads up their asses all the time. The baby oil makes them go in easier.

Charlie Blalock @ 2/26/2015 5:03 PM

Alan Mark summed it up very well. By the way how's the training class for sum bags progressing??
You know the one where they are taught violence is not the answer.

rede2hike @ 2/26/2015 5:56 PM

I knew a lot of deputies that carried baby oil with them when ever they got called into the office, cause they knew what the holy ones were going to do them when ever they got accused of excessive force...
The NYPD chief is another whinny, let's hold hands & sing songs type that has no idea what reality is or was. Probably one if those "kiss my way to the top" types that did a year on the streets and was gone.

Larry @ 2/27/2015 5:30 AM

I Love the Comments - Keep em Coming
Any Truth to Bill de Blasio's (AKA Warren Wilhelm, Jr.), Personal Trainer 'Pee Wee Herman' will be instructing the Next Training Segment on the 'Tactical Uses of Baby Oil - Do's & Don'ts'
Stay Safe

Sgt IBM @ 2/28/2015 3:18 AM

This is exactly one of the reasons you have to be a fool to want to start being the police in this day and age. God bless those who want to I guess.

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