Selfie Nation

NYPD Catfishing its Own Officers to Combat Uniformed Dating Site Selfies

"I promise, I'm not a bad guy," one cop insists.
"I love sushi and being spontaneous" (Photo: Getty)

“I love sushi and being spontaneous” (Photo: Getty)

Some people are turned on by guys sporting law enforcement attire–but usually, nobody loves the sight of a man in uniform more than he himself does. In fact, some city police officers are so hung up on the sight of themselves in blue, the NYPD has launched an investigation into cops using uniformed selfies to attract mates on dating websites.

The department has a social media policy designed to “prevent officers from embarrassing the department while wearing its uniform,” the New York Post reports. And some cops have already realized how mortifying their dating profiles are and preemptively deleted them from sites like Match.com, pof.com and meetsinglepoliceofficers.com, which apparently exists, the Post reports:

That includes a 29-year-old officer from Brooklyn who until yesterday had posted a photo of himself on OKCupid.com wearing a uniform and posing next to an NYPD motorcycle, while announcing, ‘I like girls who have some ­respect for themselves.’

Also deactivated yesterday: The looking-for-love profile of a 31-year-old ­officer from The Bronx, which included a photo of the Romeo in blue alongside the assurance, ‘I promise, I’m not a bad guy.’”

It’s probably a good thing these guys pulled their pages, because the statements, “I like girls who have some respect for themselves” and “I promise, I’m not a bad guy,” are right up there with Teva sandals in terms of dating red flags.

PBA President Patrick Lynch told the Post he thinks the NYPD needs to get with the times and use its resources to combat crime, not nitpick officers’ online identities, while the NYPD said in a statement that their actions are “in compliance with the New York City Social Media Policy and is in part intended to protect officers from divulging identifying information on social-media sites that may endanger officer safety.”

And as one anonymous cop put it to the Post, “Personally, I think they’re a bunch of lowlifes using the uniform to get laid.” Either way, the idea of an internal investigative team posing as single women online to lure in other cops is like a twisted 21st-century version of Some Like It Hot-meets-I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. BRB, we’ve got a screenplay to work on.

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