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NYPD Cracks Down on Radio Heckling

February 25, 2013  | 

New York City police officers who use their radio to heckle fellow officers or commanders have been docked 30 vacation days and put on disciplinary probation, reports the New York Times.

The NYPD hopes the discipline discourages other officers from keying the microphone as a sophomoric tactic for "stepping on someone" such as a sergeant or other talkative officer.

The practice has been known to happen during car chases, when officers have been known to try to drown out any supervisor attempting to call off a pursuit.

Comments (6)

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SO Lt. @ 2/25/2013 4:17 PM

It is about time. This is a universal problem throughout the Law Enforcement community. Inappropriate use of the radio is not only foolish but could cost a fellow LEO their life. What if an officer could only broadcast “Help Me” and some knucklehead was goofing off on the radio. Or the officer that wrights their report over the air. As an FTO I use to tell my trainees to use the “KISS” principal Keep It Shorty & Sweet. Food for thought.

Bill @ 2/25/2013 5:20 PM

I don't even get 30 days vacation!

Nichole @ 2/26/2013 4:59 AM

I'm with Bill... I can barely eek out 2 weeks of vacation from my employer. Forget about 30 days to lose. Wonder how many they have left.

Dan B @ 2/26/2013 6:31 AM

So they are docked 30 vacation days? This means they can't get much of a vacation and will have to work during those days they would have been off (no financial hardship). To some of them, it may not matter. Suspend them for 30 days without pay and see how they scream. They will learn quickly.

south fla deputy @ 2/26/2013 12:52 PM

this nonsense ended over a decade ago with the assignment of radios that show who they belong to when keyed up. no more clicking, mooing, flushing toilets or cat calls. coming from the marine corps infantry, i was one shocked and dismayed rookie when i first heard this stupidity. that's why this profession has many of the problems it has, because we hire mostly over-educated, immature, thoughtless, selfish morons that don't consider the consequences of their actions. teamwork is largely a myth at this point. never been a swat guy so i've never seen it. not around here, anyway.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/27/2013 2:51 PM

I had great training against these kinds of trouble makers. The old Motorola training tapes had a great series of videos on this subject. I am guessing they don't train them not to do this anymore. Radio traffic is life and death and people that intentionally cause interference are committing a federal felony for misuse of the air way. They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and fired. This "play" is how people die.

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