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Lewd cop blogger loses job

Published: 14 Jun 2010 16:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Jun 2010 16:50 GMT+02:00

A police officer in southern Sweden who had blogged indecent and sexist stories from his day job has lost his job.

The National Police Agency's (Rikspolisstyrelsen, RPS) staff disciplinary board has decided to dismiss the man with immediate effect. The policeman's indecent and teasing blog about his day job became too much for his employer.

The Skåne police officer claimed in his blog that he would depict the unembellished truth about the job that no one dared to talk about.

Writing a blog under the pseudonym Farbror Blå (Uncle Blue), the self-professed officer wrote that a mentally unstable woman he met in the service had allegedly made sexual advances towards both him and his partner.

In addition, further blog posts included details of how he shook hands with a dead man who had hanged himself, provoking guffaws from his colleagues.

He and a male colleague had also "bell-ended" (ollat) a police car - that is, pressed his genitals against the interior of a police car before female colleagues would ride in it.

The practice of bell-ending, or ollning, involves a man touching an object with his glans and has established itself as a recurring form of practical joke in Sweden. The term comes from ollon, the Swedish word for glans.

When police management became aware of the blog through a newspaper, the policeman said that everything was made up and intended as a joke.

The police officer had previously been suspected of sexual assault, but the prosecution noted that it was not possible to connect anything he had written to the actual events and decided not to prosecute him.

However, the Police Authority (Polismyndigheten) in Skåne wanted the police officer dismissed regardless of whether the stories were true or not. His actions were deemed to have damaged the reputation of the police and even offend and disgust.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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22:21 June 14, 2010 by StockholmSam
What an idiot. It takes a real moron to not realize that employers are watching your online posts in today's world. An occasional rude post can get you in hot water...to devote an entire blog to revealing your workplace infractions and sexual harassment takes real stupidity.
14:33 June 15, 2010 by flintis
Yeah, stupid, if only he had devoted half the blog to revealing his workplace infractions and sexual harassment it would've be ok then! eh!
16:20 June 15, 2010 by pjtaipale
I wouldn't have a problem with this, unless the other kind of inappropriate police behaviour wouldn't be so protected: I understand that when policemen in Sweden leak confidential information to the press, for a fee (which you could consider a bribe), and when doing so they are harming police work against crime, they are protected - their superiors are actually forbidden from even trying to find who they are, let alone prosecute them.

So how come is it OK to leak information to other journalists, for profit, but it is not allowed to blog and be a journalist, non-profit, yourself? Not very logical.

Of course we may not like what this blogger told about the everyday life of policemen. But at least he gave a somewhat honest picture, right?
16:25 June 15, 2010 by Michael84
Would be interesting to read his blog. Does anyone know his blog?
20:21 July 8, 2010 by Ayrshore
He should join Strathclyde Police in Scotland.

It's full of bellends.
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