Lancashire police officers investigated for social media breaches

Lancashire police officers investigated for social media breaches

Lancashire police officers investigated for social media breaches

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LANCASHIRE bobbies were among hundreds of police staff reported for breaching social media guidelines in the last five years, a new report has revealed.

One officer quit the county force over colleagues’ ‘excessive and inapprop-riate use of the internet during working hours’, in particular the use of online auction sites, internet banking and social networking sites.

A Lancashire police worker received counselling after an investigation into a photo posted on Facebook which showed them asleep in the control room during a shift.

Another employee recei-ved a written warning after posting derogatory remarks online about a PCSO who had issued them with a fine for dog fouling.

A PC received manage-ment action after it was alleged he or she made inappropriate remarks on Facebook regarding someone's wife.

The report, by the Press Association, said that a total of 828 cases have been reported to police bosses across England and Wales between January 2009 and February 2014.

One in seven of all investigations resulted in no further action, compared with around a tenth of cases ending in a resignation, dismissal or retirement.

A Lancashire police spokesman said: “Lanca-shire police staff and officers are expected to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times.

“Any allegations of inappropriate behaviour, including that on social media or internet sites whether on or off duty, will be investigated thoroughly and dealt with appropriately.”

Greater Manchester police, whose patch includes Ramsbottom, reported the most investigations with 88, followed by West Midlands with 74 and the Met with 69.

Various forces also said there were investigations into comments that were deemed homophobic, racist or ‘religiously aggressive’.

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3:19pm Tue 19 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

The police officers are public servants and should adhere to all rule and regulations whilst on duty. I am sure there are good officers but the bad ones are the ones that give the public a chance to complain about their conduct.
All I ever ask for is regardless of the officers rank, if they do something wrong than they are answerable and should be dealt as such.
The police officers are public servants and should adhere to all rule and regulations whilst on duty. I am sure there are good officers but the bad ones are the ones that give the public a chance to complain about their conduct. All I ever ask for is regardless of the officers rank, if they do something wrong than they are answerable and should be dealt as such. glossopkid
  • Score: 13

3:26pm Tue 19 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

I suppose I should await for the verbal abuse from seagull has landed or should I say " police colleague has landed".
I suppose I should await for the verbal abuse from seagull has landed or should I say " police colleague has landed". glossopkid
  • Score: 10

4:31pm Tue 19 Aug 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Just look at YouTube for whom is doing what in this direction. Most hide their faces ... Only cowards do that or, in this case, certain people in those organisations etc etc.

Who watches the watchers? When we were kids we were taught to trust the police or ask one for help. Now, thanks to some, its 'stay quiet, look the other way and don't attract their attention' unless you want yourself investigated and not the wrongdoer.

Tip of the iceberg. There seems to be some temptation when working with data or online to use it to bully. Forget Data Protection. Only recently two cases come to mind. One an officer who had intimate relations with a woman on duty but also used the police database to look up details on them. The other a jealous wife or girlfriend working in a police station as admin maliciously using her access to target someone she didn't like. Wrong people in wrong jobs. I won't mention those that simply do so to harass and bully people.

I won't even get on to the abuse of RIPA by council workers which should be a crime but isn't. The ridiculous things it's getting used for e.g. monitoring a family sending a child to school outside their postcode so they MUST be doing something wrong. Sigh.

Pet Shop Boys song 'We' 're all criminals now' nails it perfectly.

BTW I've no problem with police only with those who abuse their positions like in the article. Its wrong yet is okay it seems. Always thought people joining police should have a moral compass as to right or wrong. Lol
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Just look at YouTube for whom is doing what in this direction. Most hide their faces ... Only cowards do that or, in this case, certain people in those organisations etc etc. Who watches the watchers? When we were kids we were taught to trust the police or ask one for help. Now, thanks to some, its 'stay quiet, look the other way and don't attract their attention' unless you want yourself investigated and not the wrongdoer. Tip of the iceberg. There seems to be some temptation when working with data or online to use it to bully. Forget Data Protection. Only recently two cases come to mind. One an officer who had intimate relations with a woman on duty but also used the police database to look up details on them. The other a jealous wife or girlfriend working in a police station as admin maliciously using her access to target someone she didn't like. Wrong people in wrong jobs. I won't mention those that simply do so to harass and bully people. I won't even get on to the abuse of RIPA by council workers which should be a crime but isn't. The ridiculous things it's getting used for e.g. monitoring a family sending a child to school outside their postcode so they MUST be doing something wrong. Sigh. Pet Shop Boys song 'We' 're all criminals now' nails it perfectly. BTW I've no problem with police only with those who abuse their positions like in the article. Its wrong yet is okay it seems. Always thought people joining police should have a moral compass as to right or wrong. Lol EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: 11

4:35pm Tue 19 Aug 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

BTW you can vote my comments down but to those who do I guess you are okay with the kind of thing reported in the article. You think its good. That you agree with that behaviour and see nothing wrong with it. Maybe, even, your one who does those things ...
BTW you can vote my comments down but to those who do I guess you are okay with the kind of thing reported in the article. You think its good. That you agree with that behaviour and see nothing wrong with it. Maybe, even, your one who does those things ... EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: 8

4:59pm Tue 19 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

EYESINTHESKY wrote:
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Just look at YouTube for whom is doing what in this direction. Most hide their faces ... Only cowards do that or, in this case, certain people in those organisations etc etc.

Who watches the watchers? When we were kids we were taught to trust the police or ask one for help. Now, thanks to some, its 'stay quiet, look the other way and don't attract their attention' unless you want yourself investigated and not the wrongdoer.

Tip of the iceberg. There seems to be some temptation when working with data or online to use it to bully. Forget Data Protection. Only recently two cases come to mind. One an officer who had intimate relations with a woman on duty but also used the police database to look up details on them. The other a jealous wife or girlfriend working in a police station as admin maliciously using her access to target someone she didn't like. Wrong people in wrong jobs. I won't mention those that simply do so to harass and bully people.

I won't even get on to the abuse of RIPA by council workers which should be a crime but isn't. The ridiculous things it's getting used for e.g. monitoring a family sending a child to school outside their postcode so they MUST be doing something wrong. Sigh.

Pet Shop Boys song 'We' 're all criminals now' nails it perfectly.

BTW I've no problem with police only with those who abuse their positions like in the article. Its wrong yet is okay it seems. Always thought people joining police should have a moral compass as to right or wrong. Lol
You are totally right . Many are also falsely accused and targeted by police and their allies which usually are councillors. The very people who are there to up hold the law and protect are the ones who break it and this usually gets swept under the carpet by the "powers to be".
[quote][p][bold]EYESINTHESKY[/bold] wrote: This is just the tip of the iceberg. Just look at YouTube for whom is doing what in this direction. Most hide their faces ... Only cowards do that or, in this case, certain people in those organisations etc etc. Who watches the watchers? When we were kids we were taught to trust the police or ask one for help. Now, thanks to some, its 'stay quiet, look the other way and don't attract their attention' unless you want yourself investigated and not the wrongdoer. Tip of the iceberg. There seems to be some temptation when working with data or online to use it to bully. Forget Data Protection. Only recently two cases come to mind. One an officer who had intimate relations with a woman on duty but also used the police database to look up details on them. The other a jealous wife or girlfriend working in a police station as admin maliciously using her access to target someone she didn't like. Wrong people in wrong jobs. I won't mention those that simply do so to harass and bully people. I won't even get on to the abuse of RIPA by council workers which should be a crime but isn't. The ridiculous things it's getting used for e.g. monitoring a family sending a child to school outside their postcode so they MUST be doing something wrong. Sigh. Pet Shop Boys song 'We' 're all criminals now' nails it perfectly. BTW I've no problem with police only with those who abuse their positions like in the article. Its wrong yet is okay it seems. Always thought people joining police should have a moral compass as to right or wrong. Lol[/p][/quote]You are totally right . Many are also falsely accused and targeted by police and their allies which usually are councillors. The very people who are there to up hold the law and protect are the ones who break it and this usually gets swept under the carpet by the "powers to be". glossopkid
  • Score: 2

9:27pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mikeee47 says...

well surprise surprise . Maybe Mr segul has had his warning too
well surprise surprise . Maybe Mr segul has had his warning too Mikeee47
  • Score: 3

7:45am Wed 20 Aug 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Heh! They're even investigating themselves on Twitter.

"A Lancashire police worker received counselling after an investigation into a photo posted on Facebook which showed them asleep in the control room during a shift. "

Counselling? Should have received the boot. And here we were thinking the so called, 'cuts' were having a negative effect on frontline policing.

May as well sack the entire politically correct, equal and diversified bunch and replace them with a proper police force who don't need counselling for being asleep on the job, because they are out chasing criminals through dangerous situations and not claiming compensation for grazing their knee or cutting their toenail, after it.
Heh! They're even investigating themselves on Twitter. "A Lancashire police worker received counselling after an investigation into a photo posted on Facebook which showed them asleep in the control room during a shift. " Counselling? Should have received the boot. And here we were thinking the so called, 'cuts' were having a negative effect on frontline policing. May as well sack the entire politically correct, equal and diversified bunch and replace them with a proper police force who don't need counselling for being asleep on the job, because they are out chasing criminals through dangerous situations and not claiming compensation for grazing their knee or cutting their toenail, after it. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 3

7:37am Thu 21 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

Mikeee47 wrote:
well surprise surprise . Maybe Mr segul has had his warning too
Totally surprised!!! No one had been abused verbally as yet.
[quote][p][bold]Mikeee47[/bold] wrote: well surprise surprise . Maybe Mr segul has had his warning too[/p][/quote]Totally surprised!!! No one had been abused verbally as yet. glossopkid
  • Score: 0

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