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“go out and cause it”

Aquick note here on why a graduation slogan for Basic Patrol Academy Class #156 is chilling. It’s not organizational; rather, it raises questions about the officers being sent out to patrol. (Good catch here, by the way, to Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review.)

The slogan was “Don’t suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it,” PTSD being Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. It appeared on a list of patrol academy graduates for this year.

The problem – and the issue here should be obvious enough – doesn’t seem to lie with the academy, which didn’t develop or choose the slogan. The slogan was chosen, by vote, by the class itself: This was the graduating class’ slogan for itself.

Does that say something disconcerting about the outgoing class? Whatever happened to, “Remember – let’s be careful out there”?

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