An assistant police commander in Detroit was recently busted for a mistake that has already created humiliating consequences for his female officers.
The embarrassing reveal surfaced as the department was ordering new bulletproof vests for its officers. While men's and women's vests both act as protective shields, the vests for females are contoured to accommodate their curves. That's why female officers in the DPD submitted their cup sizes, along with their height and weight.
When the vests were ready, Commander Dwayne Love (yes, his real name) forwarded an email with an attached Excel spreadsheet to his fellow commanders, according to WJBK-TV. That Excel spreadsheet contained the female officers' intimate personal information -- including their bra sizes. The commanders forwarded the email on to DPD supervisors, who then sent that email to every member of the rank-and-file.
Female members of the beleaguered city's police force aren't laughing. Some sources told WJBK-TV that the officers have faced ridicule and harassment from their male counterparts. Two women have already filed a grievance against the department, Detroit Police Department Association President Mark Diaz confirmed to the Detroit News.
“This was a completely unnecessary and careless act," Diaz said.
Assistant Police Chief James White told WJBK-TV that it was an innocent mistake, and called Love a "conscientious, very hard-working" officer. But he did acknowledge they were looking into the situation, which he called "embarrassing," and promised corrective action.