Police officers have ordered cops to put stickers with the letters ‘NYPD’ on their work phones to try to curb face-to-face calling and texting on duty – but some officers say where to put them.
The policy requiring the stickers was added to the NYPD’s patrol guide last week, according to a “Finest Message” sent to police the day before Thanksgiving.
“Upon receipt, all service personnel are required to affix an ‘NYPD phone sticker’ to the outside of their department-issued cell phone case so that it is clearly visible,” the Nov. 23 order said.
The decal distribution comes several months after Mayor Eric Adams Adams told the public to take a picture of all cops talking on their phones on subways.
“As you go down the stairs, you see five transit officers standing by the booth looking at their phones,” Hizzoner, a former transit officer, bleated in April. “If you see it, send me a picture. Let me know. Because I’m going to go to that district the next day and see exactly what happens.”
The NYPD has not answered specific timely questions from The Post as to why the stickers are required. But police sources said the stickers were ordered to keep cops away from their personal phones while on the job.
Some police officers said they see the move as just another way to micromanage them.
“That’s nonsense. It’s basically to keep you off your own phone,” said one police officer. “When the boss sees you, he wants to see you’re just using the job phone. It’s all horses — t.”
A police officer with more than 25 years of service said he knew exactly what to do with the sticker when he received it from a supervisor who was handing it out.
“I threw it in the trash,” said the angry cop.
“It’s very intrusive,” the officer said. “What’s that, kindergarten? People are angry. I mean what are we doing here? are we kids We are grown men and women.”
The police officer also claimed that the stickers were pretty pathetic.
“The stickers don’t stick anyway,” he said. “Someone who had it on their phone for a week and a half said it had already fallen off.”
Another police officer jokingly asked if the sticker had special powers.
“Does it do anything special? Glow in the dark, display the bat signal?” the Bronx cop joked.
“So it’s just a sticker?” said the officer. “Whose brilliant idea was that? How much did it cost the city? If I lose it, will it be considered a loss of departmental property? Will I be disciplined or transferred if my sticker is not visible to the public?”
The Brooklyn police officer cited the sticker — and home phone rules — as the kind of issues that put young officers off work.
“Inspections will write you down if you use your personal phone unless you have a legitimate reason, like ‘Hey, listen, my wife is sick’ or this or that.
“I think it’s childish,” the official said of the procedure. “It’s ridiculous, but it’s the NYPD. They pound these kids on every little thing.”
https://nypost.com/2022/12/04/nypd-told-to-put-stickers-on-work-phones-to-deter-personal-use/ The NYPD mandated that stickers be placed on work phones to discourage personal use