Scotland Yard's famous Vice Squad, which deals with prostitution and other aspects of London's underworld, has changed its title to the rather less dynamic "Serious Crime Directorate 9: Human Exploitation and Organised Crime Command", or SCD9 for short.
The explanation is one that would draw a robust response from DCI Hunt, the old-school detective from BBC One's Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.
Metropolitan Police sources said the switch had been ordered in part because the word "vice" was thought to have negative "connotations".
It reflects a growing trend by law enforcement agencies to treat prostitutes as victims rather than as offenders.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A "Vice" No More
Intriguing news from across the pond, more evidence of political correctness run amok. From the Telegraph: