An investigation by the Maryland State Police has decided an offensive problem coin depicting feminine anatomy was created by an ex-employee who left in 2012, the company stated Wednesday.
Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, the superintendent, stated in an announcement he was “disgusted” that anybody who wore the state police uniform would create one thing that “demeans others and disregards our core values and all this Department stands for.”
The problem coin got here to mild publicly final week after images of its graphic imagery and offensive language had been shared with native media. It featured two depictions of feminine anatomy, together with the Maryland State Police brand and slogans about not having the ability to take a joke.
One aspect had a picture of a lady’s rear finish with underwear studying, “I’m Offended.” The different was a graphic picture of genitalia with messaging that included a moniker for a feminine physique half.
It prompted outcry from the Coalition of Black Maryland State Troopers and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, amongst others, who questioned what it stated in regards to the company’s tradition and whether or not it was a message to Black troopers who’d raised points about racism lately.
The division stated leaders turned conscious of this coin in January however had been unable as of June 3 to establish who was accountable.
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On Wednesday, in an replace, the company stated the Internal Affairs Division had discovered the “design and manufacture” had been “coordinated” by a former state police member; state police didn’t identify the previous worker. The information launch referred to as it a “derogatory” problem coin; a spokesperson confirmed the coin being referred to was the one with feminine anatomy.
Jones stated the coin had “disrupted efforts to improve relationships among all our employees and with the citizens we serve.” He added that he’s dedicated to honest and equitable therapy of workers.
“I condemn [the former employee’s] callous and careless actions and the actions of all who may consider similar disrespectful conduct somehow acceptable,” Jones stated within the assertion.
Challenge cash are tokens offered or traded in some organizations, similar to regulation enforcement or the army. They’ve led to controversies in different police departments and a few have led to self-discipline inside Maryland State Police lately.
A inexperienced coin within the form of male genitalia was investigated and led to disciplinary motion in 2020. Another that learn “Hunt the Animal” beneath “Maryland’s Finest” and what gave the impression to be a knight additionally led to administrative motion in November.
The newest offensive coin reveals there extra work to be accomplished at altering the company’s tradition, Sgt. Anthony Alexander, the president of the Coalition of Black Maryland State Troopers, stated final week.
“That’s what’s destroying us, is the culture itself inside the agency that fosters this type of behavior,” Alexander stated. “We have to become better as an agency, but we won’t get there until we start really making major changes.”