Lewd cop blogger loses job
TT/The Local · 14 Jun 2010, 16:50
Published: 14 Jun 2010 16:50 GMT+02:00
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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.