Former NYPD officer: Cops Have to be Able to F–king Swear!

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A public servant’s job is to serve the people effectively, sometimes that effectiveness requires them to control situations the average person could never manage. During these times of high stress and duress, the type and volume of the verbage used is crucial to ensuring people listen and do what they are told.

It seems the “politically correct” police are now looking for a more “g-rated” type of officer, as Top NYPD brass discuss ways to make their officers a bit more kind and gentle.

This is rankling a few of New York’s finest though, as Steve Osborne speaks up and calls BS on such a move.

“We’re not choir boys and we’re not Boy Scouts,” said an unapologetic Osborne, 54, who just released a memoir called “The Job.”

Osborne, a Jersey City native, is also the son of an Irish cop and Brooklyn-born Italian mother, both of whom imparted the “street” wisdom it would take to spend years in some of the harshest precincts in the city.

“It’s not like you see on TV, ‘Turn around and put your hands behind your head’ — that stuff, it just never works. “What happens is when you’re going to arrest a guy out on the street, usually you get out and jump him — before he even has a chance to even think about doing something stupid. I’ve done it, and I can tell you it works.”

After hearing rumors that NYPD Deputy Commissioner Michael Julian was making it a priority to end cursing on the job, he replied with;  “I read that and said, ‘What the f–k!’ When you’re out in the street and dealing with dangerous individuals, you have to speak so that they understand you.

Steve Osborne The Job for Sunday photo credit Michael Everett

Steve Osborne chronicles his life on the beat. Photo: Michael Everett

“There’s an old saying out on the street, ‘A cop’s greatest weapon is his mouth.’ ”  Osborne states in his new book that a cop has to use every asset he has available, including his car.  Retelling the story from his rookie days when he stopped a man wielding a 10″ steak knife in Washington Square Park, before he was able to stab an innocent bystander.  “I had to think fast . . . I hit on the gas pedal and nailed him with the car,”  Osborne goes to say that even after such measures were taken to “take down” the perp, he still needed that “special” verbal reinforcement as the man smirked at him as a large crowd formed and began to turn on the officers.

“ ‘Maybe you should shut the f–k up before I knock your teeth out,’ ” Osborne writes. “And I reminded him, ‘This is all your fault, a–hole.’ I was a little relieved that he found it all amusing. That meant the little trip I sent him on, flying through the air, probably didn’t cause too much damage.”

Even with a sign hanging over his desk that quotes Ernest Hemingway: “There is no hunting like the hunting of man.” this harsh sounding man has never shot anyone. He has now been retired from the force since 2003, but became a bit of local celebrity via his book as well as the retelling of his “tales on the force” through public radio or on The Moth podcasts.



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Patrick James
Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams