I just came across an interesting article in the UK’s Ilkeston Advertiser:
Derbyshire police officers have become the first in Britain to get a new educational booklet, which includes tips on how to spell.
Superintendent Gary Knighton has distributed the Fast Facts for Policing booklet to all 1,800 officers in the county.
It contains multiplication tables and the correct spellings of the days of the week and months of the year.
The differences between source and sauce, whether and weather and two and too are explained. And officers are advised on how to use the 24-hour clock.
Supt Knighton said: “Spellings and terminology are very important in our line of work and accuracy is key when producing official documents. We’re pleased to be the first force to offer people the opportunity to improve their skills in this way and we hope other constabularies will consider distributing the Fast Facts booklet.”
Multiplication tables? Really?
It sounds a bit ridiculous when you picture cops running down the street, fighting crime while referring to their little books. (It reminds me of this hilarious Conan O’Brien sketch. “Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich! Nooooooooo!”)
Sometimes you have to start with the very basics, the very minimums that help you avoid embarrassment.
Also, keep in mind that if a cop spells a month incorrectly on a speeding ticket, you could probably contest it.
What do you think?