November 23rd, 2007

Another one bites the dust

Posted in The Job - General by 200

The Daily Mail reports this week of the demise of one of our standard police acronyms (if that’s the right word).

POLAC – pronounced with a ‘pol’ as in ‘Polly’ (girl’s name) has been used for many a long year as a shortened version of ‘Police Accident’ used to describe a road traffic collision/accident involving a police vehicle.

Gloucestershire Constabulary have decided it’s no longer acceptable to use this term. A Gloucestershire Constabulary source told the paper, "We are aware the term ‘polac’, when heard verbally, can be interpreted as a racial slur against people of Polish origin".

Oh dear….

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5 comments

  1. Noddy says:

    Mr Sheen shines umpteen things clean. Think laterally!

    November 23rd, 2007 at 17:19

  2. Officer Dibble says:

    In keeping with Gloucestershires lead on this the British Sea Anglers Society are renaming the Pollack the Coastal Cod

    November 23rd, 2007 at 21:35

  3. Chunkybetty says:

    the word ‘pillock’ springs to mind, which describes a talking sense accident involving a police muppet

    November 24th, 2007 at 14:35

  4. whichendbites says:

    I suppose that FATACs will be next in case the term offends fat people. Also MISPERs could be out in case of offence my single women.

    November 27th, 2007 at 00:31

  5. Andrew says:

    Quite right too. There’s no such thing as an accident.

    Just as RTA has become RTC, so PolAcc should become PolCol.

    (or as the Australians would say… the Right foot on the Wrong pedal…)

    December 4th, 2007 at 10:58

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