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Cop faces sack over 'offensive and disrespectful' blog

Paul O'Mahony · 27 Apr 2010, 17:13

Published: 27 Apr 2010 17:13 GMT+02:00

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The sergeant was recalled from service with United Nations police forces in Sudan after finding he had maintained a blog under the pseudonym Farbror Blå (Uncle Blue).

Reacting to media revelations about the blog, police in the Skåne region launched an internal investigation and quickly discovered the identity of the mystery scribe, whose open-hearted exposé of life in the force was not appreciated by his superiors.

In its request for Uncle Blue to be removed from the force, the county police chief wrote to the police disciplinary committee that the sergeant's blog "gives readers the impression that strongly sexist jokes and the offensive and disrespectful treatment of both co-workers and the general public are common occurrences among on duty police officers."

The Skåne Police Authority also rejected as irrelevant Uncle Blue's assertion in a letter to the force that the stories detailed on his blog were largely fictionalized versions of police tales heard on the grapevine.

"Regardless of whether the stories are personal experiences, retellings or made up, the Authority is of the view the stories have caused disgust and many people have taken offence."

Officials cited three blog posts it considered particularly egregious.

In one case, the sergeant and his colleagues arrived at the scene of a possible suicide attempt. As fire rescue workers pleaded with the man to come down from the roof, the officers recognized him as "a bloody thief".

"We threw stones at him and shouted: 'Jump, you cowardly bastard!!!'"

The sergeant also claimed that he and a cop buddy had secretly marked a car driven by female co-workers.

"[We] bell-ended* the door handles, window buttons, gear stick, steering wheel, stereo buttons and the police radio buttons, as well as the receiver used to talk to the operations room".

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 the girls had driven around for an hour or so in the bell-ended police car we had a chat with them and revealed our bell-ending exploits."

"Now we know what a facial expression of bleak anxiety looks like," he wrote, ending his post with a smiley face.

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In the third post, Uncle Blue told of how he shook hands with a man who had just hanged himself, provoking guffaws from his colleagues.

The sergeant has been placed on desk duty at the Skåne police department's fraud unit as officials await a response from the disciplinary committee.

*Translation note: Bell-ending, a neologism derived from a slang term for the glans, is not a word in common English-language usage.

Paul O'Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

19:49 April 27, 2010 by Nemesis
Sounds like this guy is a lunatic, who should be in a police cell instead of the police.
19:57 April 27, 2010 by Celc
Even though the article chooses a different focus I think the truly scary part about this man is the part where he cheers on a supposed suicide attempt throwing rocks and telling the man to jump. Even if it's a 'mere' thief on a roof they are still humans like the rest of us and contemplate suicide like anyone else. At least you can recover from being exposed to bigotry and defamation, it's a bit harder to recover from death.
20:08 April 27, 2010 by G Kin
Sounds like the usual odd swedish sense of humour :)

Now the officer's feet are on fire.
21:02 April 27, 2010 by voiceofreason
It is sad that it took a blog to reveal this man's true identity.

If Swedes would loosen up and be more sociable in and out of work\home\play then we can easily identify people who need help before they cause harm.

People reveal a lot when they speak, "for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks"
22:15 April 27, 2010 by DAVID T
At last - a Swede with a sense of humour - they should give him a medal
03:10 April 28, 2010 by Frobobbles
Bell-ending. Sweden's gift to the cultural innovations of the world.
20:21 July 8, 2010 by Ayrshore
He should join Strathclyde Police in Scotland.

It's full of bellends.
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