NYPD Officer Reprimanded for Speaking Spanish While On Duty

Apparently, the NYPD has an English-only workplace rule for city cops which was not widely known. “This policy is in place to allow proper supervision of personnel,” the memo signed by Lt. Richard Khalaf read.

On Sunday, an NYPD spokesman defended the policy. "“We’re a 24/7 operation,” said Inspector Kim Royster. “We should be speaking one voice, which is English.”

According to a 2009 NYPD internal newsletter obtained by the Daily News, members of the NYPD are required to “speak English while they are conducting business for the department unless speaking a foreign language is a necessary component to performing their duties and responsibilities."

The restriction does not extend to breaks, personal calls or other “common-sense type situations such as a cursory greeting to a co-worker.”