Swearing over a public-accessible frequency is against FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulations here in the States and can result in some hefty fines
Very well stated, As a amateur radio operator, and a Ship Station license holder, and for pretty much all radio services, the penalties for making profane statements is pretty much the same. a $10,000 fine and or 10 years in prison, plus the revokation of ones operating permit. Weather or not it is directed toward anyone, or unintentional.
My mother is also a dispatcher for Highway Patrol, and if she made such a blunder, she would be looking at immediate termination, possibly without even much of an investigation, but the Lt. listening to the tapes. Even though the same could be said that she works in a stressfull enviroment.
It's too bad this happened, especially if he was a good controller, but this sort of thing just isn't tollerated in many work places.