December 30th, 2011

200weeks is….

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I’ve posted many times about the seedier side of Facebook and how it now accounts for 20% of calls to police.*

It seems police officers are not exempt from the √ā¬†troubles that Facebook brings.

A story on the BBC today reveals that at least one officer has been sacked and 150 disciplined regarding their behaviour on Facebook. Some have used it to harass ex-partners and colleagues. One officer from Hampshire was sacked for posting a racist comment. Others have been stuck on for talking about the job. I know officers who have been sanctioned for, would you√ā¬†believe, complaining about control room staff on jobs they’ve been sent to.

I know a few people personally whose sole input into Facebook appears to be to boast about how pissed they were, are or are going to be.

Whilst I thing that police officers should have a right to privacy whilst off duty and freedom of expression, you have to wonder at the common sense, or lack of, that some officers use when posting on the likes of Facebook.


* I made that statistic up, I have no idea what percentage of calls to police are Facebook -related, but it’s bloody disproportionate.

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  1. Tony F says:

    Face-ache, what a waste of life. All those idiots being soo clever, actually being so pointless. Like twatter, all noise and no substance.

    December 31st, 2011 at 17:13

  2. jaded says:

    No sympathy for any PC that messes up on Facebook.How can we criticise the hillbillies when we do it ourselves?.Complaints warn us about it all the time.
    The internet is not a private club chaps…….

    December 31st, 2011 at 17:17

  3. Robert Pangborn says:

    Are these ‘officers’ actually police officers or part of the extended greater policing family?

    Just a question and I embrace every bugger, just to be on the safe side.

    December 31st, 2011 at 17:29

  4. Gary says:

    Looks to me like a revenue raising possibility. If you wish to make a complaint that in any way is lnked to Facebook or Twitter or text/email messages then perhaps a nominal charge to institute proceedings would be appropriate to cover the additional enquiries. A non returnable fee of say √ā¬£50 might be appropriate.

    December 31st, 2011 at 18:35

  5. Hugh Janus says:

    Frankly why anyone in the job would put the fact their in the job on a public forum escapes me. To then put stupid statements or information on there really confirms that you are not fit to serve.
    Leave it to the Jeremy Kyle crew.

    December 31st, 2011 at 19:19

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