Police staff disciplined for internet posts

Police disciplined for internet posts

Police disciplined for internet posts

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SIX police employees have been subjected to disciplinary procedures for misusing Facebook, new figures have revealed.

Three staff were probed for inappropriate comments including a manager who was given a final written warning while one was dismissed and the other was not upheld. Two employees were probed for comments that could bring the force into disrepute resulting in one resignation ahead of a disciplinary meeting and one final written warning.

There was also one case of a racist comment that led to a final written warning.

Sussex Police bosses defended the figures saying that six alleged offences in five years indicated their social media policy was “effective”.

The new figures showed nationally that more than 800 officers and staff in five years were quizzed over Facebook misuse.

Serious breaches of forces’ codes included posting pictures of officers posing with weapons, sending abusive messages to members of the public and in one case in Northampton, being pictured in a “compromising position” with another officer.

One in 11 national disciplinary cases ended in dismissal, resignation or retirement.

Chief Constable Giles York, a regular Twitter user, said he was “an enthusiastic advocate” of social media and the “exciting opportunities” it presented for police to interact with their communities.

He added: “We trust our officers to use discretion and common sense in their decision making, which must extend to social media.

“We have a permissive approach that encourages our people to use social media if it is relevant to their role and offer a simple ‘traffic light system’ to help them assess how they should do that.

“I don’t want them to be fearful of new ways of interacting with the public.”

Sussex Police was one of five forces unable to fully comply with the information request saying their systems did not let them easily check how many officers had been disciplined over Facebook use.

A police spokesman said the level of punishment for Facebook misuse is decided by the chair of a disciplinary hearing, normally an officer of superintendent rank or above.

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9:32am Thu 21 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Sussex Police was one of five forces unable to fully comply with the information request saying their systems did not let them easily check how many officers had been disciplined over Facebook use.

Select few again! On of only 5 in the Country , wow! So let's see some figures from the latest HMIC report....Sussex 33rd out of 45 in Victims of satisfaction with their service....23 percent of crimes solved...a lot less than 1 in 4......
Sussex Police was one of five forces unable to fully comply with the information request saying their systems did not let them easily check how many officers had been disciplined over Facebook use. Select few again! On of only 5 in the Country , wow! So let's see some figures from the latest HMIC report....Sussex 33rd out of 45 in Victims of satisfaction with their service....23 percent of crimes solved...a lot less than 1 in 4...... Valentinian
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10:41am Thu 21 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Valentinian wrote:
Sussex Police was one of five forces unable to fully comply with the information request saying their systems did not let them easily check how many officers had been disciplined over Facebook use.

Select few again! On of only 5 in the Country , wow! So let's see some figures from the latest HMIC report....Sussex 33rd out of 45 in Victims of satisfaction with their service....23 percent of crimes solved...a lot less than 1 in 4......
Are you the infamous 'stevo'?

"Sussex Police bosses defended the figures saying that six alleged offences in five years indicated their social media policy was “effective”. "

It could be argued that they were the tip of an iceberg.
[quote][p][bold]Valentinian[/bold] wrote: Sussex Police was one of five forces unable to fully comply with the information request saying their systems did not let them easily check how many officers had been disciplined over Facebook use. Select few again! On of only 5 in the Country , wow! So let's see some figures from the latest HMIC report....Sussex 33rd out of 45 in Victims of satisfaction with their service....23 percent of crimes solved...a lot less than 1 in 4......[/p][/quote]Are you the infamous 'stevo'? "Sussex Police bosses defended the figures saying that six alleged offences in five years indicated their social media policy was “effective”. " It could be argued that they were the tip of an iceberg. notslimjim
  • Score: -11

12:56pm Thu 21 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

No surprise that Sussex police couldn't give any information when requested to.

Corruption rules again.

How many in Sussex police are freemasons?
No surprise that Sussex police couldn't give any information when requested to. Corruption rules again. How many in Sussex police are freemasons? getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -5

10:04am Fri 22 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Thank goodness Facebook is back up.

I've had to phone 244 of my friends to tell them 'I hate work, I'm having a glass of wine and going to bed, lol'. ......It's taken me all night!




My Grandfather always used to say there was nothing worse than a BENT COPPER!!!!.

Especially when he was dying for a poo and the penny wouldn't go into the slot on the Gents toilet door. Happy days...
Thank goodness Facebook is back up. I've had to phone 244 of my friends to tell them 'I hate work, I'm having a glass of wine and going to bed, lol'. ......It's taken me all night! My Grandfather always used to say there was nothing worse than a BENT COPPER!!!!. Especially when he was dying for a poo and the penny wouldn't go into the slot on the Gents toilet door. Happy days... Valentinian
  • Score: 1

11:13am Fri 22 Aug 14

IRISH DEFENCE FORCES VETERANS UK says...

POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD NOT BE FREEMASONS. OR SHOULD MILITARY OFFICERS. ED.idfvuk
POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD NOT BE FREEMASONS. OR SHOULD MILITARY OFFICERS. ED.idfvuk IRISH DEFENCE FORCES VETERANS UK
  • Score: -1

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