Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Police graduation slogan causes stir

BOISE – Idaho's newest police officers are not being trained to inflict post-traumatic stress, the head of officer training for the state says, despite a slogan to that effect that was featured prominently in the program for the latest police academy graduation.

"Don't suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it," urged the slogan, which was printed above the list of 43 graduates of the Idaho Police Officer Standards and Training Academy's latest basic academy.

"That's not something we encourage or condone," said Jeff Black, executive director of the POST Academy. "It shouldn't have been in there – it was inappropriate."

Black said Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney pointed out the slogan to him three minutes before the graduation ceremony was to begin Dec. 14. "We both cringed," he said, "but at the time we both were happy that the initial slogan of "Kill Those Minority Fuckers And Let God Sort It Out" was mercifully dropped in favor of the newest version, so win-some, lose-some."

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