Police officers investigated for social media breaches

Hundreds of police officers have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines, research has revealed.

Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association found officers made racist comments online and asked crime victims to become Facebook friends.

Of 828 cases in England and Wales from 2009 to February this year, 9% ended in resignation, dismissal or retirement.

The College of Policing said there was “no place… for officers who abuse the trust placed in us by the public”.

About a seventh (14%) of the cases reported resulted in no further action at all. The majority of other cases were dealt with through advice being offered to the officer in question.

An example case uncovered in Lancashire…..

A member of civilian staff in Lancashire who resigned over their “excessive and inappropriate use of the internet during working hours” – including online auction sites, internet banking and social networking.

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