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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