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Jan 6, 2016

A New Social Media Policy for Police Officers

Allen Whylie

From allegations of rape and sexual assault by Police Officers to glaring footage of nude Police Officers on social media…the Police Commissioner has his share of headaches. Just around Christmas, one Special Patrol Unit officer decided he wanted to masturbate on camera, and that video promptly ended up on YouTube. A few days after, a man alleging to be a police sergeant posted pictures of another senior police officer caught in the act, presumably with him. It’s an embarrassment for the department – private moments made very, very public. Unfortunately, there’s not much the department seems able to do except warn about the dangers of social media. And that’s why the top brass has now introduced a social media policy.

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“Both incidents occurred while I was away. I have been briefed since I returned. My understanding is that the latter incident that you spoke on, the individual who may have released those photos is not a member of the police department. We know that with Facebook and other things, people put up all kinds of things in terms of names, rank, position, where they live. But I have confirmed that he is not a police officer. In terms of the other incident, that was also brought to my notice and I directed that the matter be looked into. Police departments across the world as well as businesses and corporations are being challenged by Facebook and the things that are being posted by employees as well as non-employees because many things again are posted by not necessarily the person who is factored. And so we have to take those things into consideration. We have introduced a social media policy and we have got to do a better job in terms of sensitizing our members about that policy as well as dos and don’ts that can get them into trouble.”

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