NYPD's New Training Tool: Patrick Swayze Flick

'Be nice,' Swayze's 'Road House' character admonishes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2015 1:15 PM CST

The NYPD could learn a little something ... from Patrick Swayze? Amid rampant criticism, it seems the department has turned to an unlikely source to teach officers how they should behave. Sources tell the New York Post that during a mandatory three-day retraining course for 22,000 officers, instructors are showing a two-minute (somewhat vulgar) scene from the 1989 Swayze movie Road House. In it, Swayze's character gives instructions to a group of bouncers as to how they should run the bar. The last of the three rules he shares: "Be nice."

How nice? Swayze insists that the bouncers be nice even "if somebody gets in your face and calls you a c---sucker." In that scenario, the bouncer should ask him to leave or escort him out, while being nice, of course. "If you can’t walk him, one of the others will help you, and you'll both be nice. I want you to remember that it’s a job. It’s nothing personal," he says, before reminding the group that the aforementioned insult is simply "two nouns combined to elicit a prescribed response." According to the Post, officers forced to take part in the course were not impressed. Says one: "They’re showing us something from a movie and they want us to act like that in real life. It’s not realistic—it’s Hollywood." (More strange stuff stories.)

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