Brooklyn Cops ChitChat on Cellphones on the Job

Do your tax dollars pay for the cops’ cellphone minutes?

We frequent an area of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn boasting two large housing projects a few blocks from each other. Police activity in the area is high and officers routinely patrol the side streets. Often, we spot them yakking on cell phones.

These officers are taking personal calls, from what we can overhear. People also walk differently when talking up the missus than when reporting a 187 on the walki-talki.

“I’ve noticed it,” said Chris P, neighborhood resident, “and I don’t think it’s funny.”

In addition, when we went to report a stolen bicycle recently, we waited while the clerk finished a personal call on her cellphone.

whenever, wherever
shouldn’t apply to cops on patrol.

Has anyone else noticed on-the-job officers on cell phones?

UPDATE: Another area Brooklynite, Daniel McFarland, writes, “I think the question that we all must ask ourselves is, are cell phones a good replacement for an old fashioned, or a jelly filled?

On top of the obvious aural distraction of a cell phone, I have noticed that while on the phone, the cop tends to look down and tuck their chin in so that their conversation is more private. This insular cop has limited visual patrol, effectively taking them off the beat.

On the other hand the donut eating cop has his head high to better open up the esophagus for the passage of the donut bolus. The residual effect is a more aware, albeit fatter, cop. I would contend that a fat cop is better than a deaf, dumb and blind cop. For the safety of us all NYPD patrolmen need to renew their monthly plan at Dunkins, not Nextel.”


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  1. AcidReign says:

    …..Cops work very long shifts. I don’t really have a problem with them talking on the phone when thing are slow. They’ve got to get break-time when they can.

  2. Ben Popken says:

    Ah yes, but when they’re supposed to be patrolling the streets, looking out for activity?

  3. People Paula says:

    Maybe if LA cops were allowed to talk to their wives and kids while on the job, they wouldn’t be such rageaholic assholes.

  4. HINKShopper says:

    Most of the LAPD and Sta. Monica police are too busy placing their orders at The Firehouse to chat on cell phones.

    [Aside] Is Santa Monica the only city in the country that has a Police Department/Fire Administration Building? As if this names implies that fires are better managed than simply handled by a regular department?

  5. SeekBalance says:

    In New Orleans and the neighboring suburb of Metairie, I am constantly aware of cops talking on the phone. While driving. With no seat belts.

    (I asked a state police about the seat belt thing. He said they are supposed to wear them, just like everyone else. When they get in a wreck, the insurance won’t cover their bodily damage and they could lose their jobs. This doesn’t apply to the cell phone, though, because it’s not (yet?!) illegal. Just stupid!)

    I don’t necessarily have an issue with them talking on the phone on foot, until it affects their job performance. But poor job performance from a cop is usually much worse than most other jobs.

  6. airship says:

    Studies have shown that talking on a cell phone while driving is more distracting and dangerous than being drunk or stoned. One could assume the same could be said of paying attention on the job. I certainly wouldn’t try to talk on a cellphone while operating heavy machinery, and I think it’s safe to say that the people aren’t getting their money’s worth of ‘diligence’ from a cop who’s talking on his cell all day long.