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Dorset Police staff investigated for misusing social media

Bournemouth Echo: File picture: 10 members of Dorset Police staff investigated for misusing social media File picture: 10 members of Dorset Police staff investigated for misusing social media

TEN members of staff at Dorset Police have been investigated for misusing social media in the past five years – leading to the resignation of one employee.

Data obtained from a Freedom of Information request has provided a breakdown of each investigation.

The 10 investigations, which were carried out between January 1, 2009, and February 17, 2014, have related to:

  • Inappropriate deletion and adjustment of social media profile
  • Inappropriate comments made via Twitter
  • Inappropriate disclosure of information on Twitter
  • Inappropriate or offensive remarks made via Twitter and Facebook
  • Inappropriate comments/use of Facebook
  • Inappropriate disclosure of police information

The investigations involved four members of police staff and six police constables.

One of the investigations was discontinued as a staff member resigned prior to their hearing.

Four investigations resulted in misconduct meetings and management advice.

Meanwhile, two cases resulted with management action and one with a local resolution. In two investigations there was no case to answer.

The request was submitted by the Parliament Street think tank, which was sent to 28 police forces across England and Wales.

A total of 519 incidents were reported across the country between 2009 and 2014. Nearly 90 officers faced disciplinary hearings over the issue last year.

Clare George-Hilley, director of Parliament Street, said: “Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook play a vital role in tackling crime and building community relations. However, these findings demonstrate a haphazard approach to social media.”

In comparison to Dorset Police, the Metropolitan Police, the UK’s largest police force, has had 71 officers facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour since 2010.

Dorset Police said they were unable to comment on internal investigations.

A statement from the force said: “Dorset Police promote and actively encourage the use of social media by officers and staff who are expected to follow our social media guidelines.

“Any reported misuse is thoroughly investigated and offenders found to have committed criminal offences are prosecuted.

“Disciplinary matters are dealt with by our professional standards department. We are unable to provide any further details.”

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8:23am Mon 7 Jul 14

twynham says...

Complaining about running out of doughnuts again no doubt!
Complaining about running out of doughnuts again no doubt! twynham
  • Score: -28

8:55am Mon 7 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

I wonder how many of the 28 police forces provided the info requested?
I wonder how many of the 28 police forces provided the info requested? BIGTONE
  • Score: 10

10:46am Mon 7 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Trust the police. No, not anymore.
Trust the police. No, not anymore. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -20

11:11am Mon 7 Jul 14

rayc says...

"Dorset Police said they were unable to comment on internal investigations"
That gives a lot of confidence that nothing is being covered up. Compare that to the press releases put out by the Police of their interactions with the public in such things as the No Excuse Campaign. The problem with law enforcers is they soon forget that the law applies to them as well.
"Dorset Police said they were unable to comment on internal investigations" That gives a lot of confidence that nothing is being covered up. Compare that to the press releases put out by the Police of their interactions with the public in such things as the No Excuse Campaign. The problem with law enforcers is they soon forget that the law applies to them as well. rayc
  • Score: -1

11:28am Mon 7 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

The police are not transparent enough in the disciplinary conduct to the public.A lot is done behind closed doors.I was amazed that sometime ago a Dorset Police special branch officer gave a coded bomb message to his colleagues when the Condor ferry was in mid channel then spent thirty minutes trying to tell them it was joke and only got moved to a Ferndown.While a BA cabin attendant did the same to a BA flight en route from Japan and got six months imprisonment.
No wonder the national report gives a verdict that the public has lost confidence in the police.
The police are not transparent enough in the disciplinary conduct to the public.A lot is done behind closed doors.I was amazed that sometime ago a Dorset Police special branch officer gave a coded bomb message to his colleagues when the Condor ferry was in mid channel then spent thirty minutes trying to tell them it was joke and only got moved to a Ferndown.While a BA cabin attendant did the same to a BA flight en route from Japan and got six months imprisonment. No wonder the national report gives a verdict that the public has lost confidence in the police. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 9

1:06pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Tripod says...

10 Incidents in 5 years for all of Dorset Police Force, shows Police are probably better behaved than most of the population.
10 Incidents in 5 years for all of Dorset Police Force, shows Police are probably better behaved than most of the population. Tripod
  • Score: 31

1:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Tripod wrote:
10 Incidents in 5 years for all of Dorset Police Force, shows Police are probably better behaved than most of the population.
Buy they have more inside knowledge of how to avoid behind caught.

Its an unfair comparison, plus many of their crimes ar covered up by the higher ranks to avoid bringing embarrassment on the force.

What you see in this report is the small tip of a very large iceburg.
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: 10 Incidents in 5 years for all of Dorset Police Force, shows Police are probably better behaved than most of the population.[/p][/quote]Buy they have more inside knowledge of how to avoid behind caught. Its an unfair comparison, plus many of their crimes ar covered up by the higher ranks to avoid bringing embarrassment on the force. What you see in this report is the small tip of a very large iceburg. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -10

3:34pm Mon 7 Jul 14

M0Z says...

Hang on, there’s no substance here. I interpret 'inappropriate' to mean 'inconvenient for the force', but there’s no mention of anything being illegal. No indication that the comments were unlawfully discriminatory or defamatory. No indication that the disclosures were of state secrets or breached the Data Protection Act – or even that they compromised operations or put public safety at risk.

This sounds little more than the unwelcome chat and negative PR every organisation has to deal with all the time.
Hang on, there’s no substance here. I interpret 'inappropriate' to mean 'inconvenient for the force', but there’s no mention of anything being illegal. No indication that the comments were unlawfully discriminatory or defamatory. No indication that the disclosures were of state secrets or breached the Data Protection Act – or even that they compromised operations or put public safety at risk. This sounds little more than the unwelcome chat and negative PR every organisation has to deal with all the time. M0Z
  • Score: 15

4:23pm Mon 7 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Police misusing their powers? Never heard of that before. Oh, wait a minute....
Police misusing their powers? Never heard of that before. Oh, wait a minute.... speedy231278
  • Score: -10

4:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

podgie says...

Sorry sir
I thought I was allowed to watch **** with my trousers down in my meal break.
Makes a change from stuffing donuts.
Sorry sir I thought I was allowed to watch **** with my trousers down in my meal break. Makes a change from stuffing donuts. podgie
  • Score: -10

5:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jacs140@btinternet.com says...

The Police do a fantastic job, they have helped my granddaughter and myself many a time now and in the past.....it's so easy to say bad things about them and never the good. I say look in your own back yard first and stop selling moaning at the Police !!!!
The Police do a fantastic job, they have helped my granddaughter and myself many a time now and in the past.....it's so easy to say bad things about them and never the good. I say look in your own back yard first and stop selling moaning at the Police !!!! jacs140@btinternet.com
  • Score: 20

5:47pm Mon 7 Jul 14

s-pb2 says...

M0Z wrote:
Hang on, there’s no substance here. I interpret 'inappropriate' to mean 'inconvenient for the force', but there’s no mention of anything being illegal. No indication that the comments were unlawfully discriminatory or defamatory. No indication that the disclosures were of state secrets or breached the Data Protection Act – or even that they compromised operations or put public safety at risk.

This sounds little more than the unwelcome chat and negative PR every organisation has to deal with all the time.
Absolutely. Nothing here to say what the content actually is, could be something like 'my sargeant is an idiot'. Plus four of them arent even police officers, just support staff, but dont let that get in the way of the 'one rule for them' bore brigade
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: Hang on, there’s no substance here. I interpret 'inappropriate' to mean 'inconvenient for the force', but there’s no mention of anything being illegal. No indication that the comments were unlawfully discriminatory or defamatory. No indication that the disclosures were of state secrets or breached the Data Protection Act – or even that they compromised operations or put public safety at risk. This sounds little more than the unwelcome chat and negative PR every organisation has to deal with all the time.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. Nothing here to say what the content actually is, could be something like 'my sargeant is an idiot'. Plus four of them arent even police officers, just support staff, but dont let that get in the way of the 'one rule for them' bore brigade s-pb2
  • Score: 15

5:50pm Mon 7 Jul 14

s-pb2 says...

rayc wrote:
"Dorset Police said they were unable to comment on internal investigations"
That gives a lot of confidence that nothing is being covered up. Compare that to the press releases put out by the Police of their interactions with the public in such things as the No Excuse Campaign. The problem with law enforcers is they soon forget that the law applies to them as well.
I do admire your 'skill' to turn any article into a go at Dorset Traffic Police. Some people may come to the conclusion your unhealthily obsessed or did you just get caught speeding yet again.
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: "Dorset Police said they were unable to comment on internal investigations" That gives a lot of confidence that nothing is being covered up. Compare that to the press releases put out by the Police of their interactions with the public in such things as the No Excuse Campaign. The problem with law enforcers is they soon forget that the law applies to them as well.[/p][/quote]I do admire your 'skill' to turn any article into a go at Dorset Traffic Police. Some people may come to the conclusion your unhealthily obsessed or did you just get caught speeding yet again. s-pb2
  • Score: 10

6:41pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jill M says...

Can the " police do nothing but eat donuts" brigade think of something new to post please, it really is getting boring now, try and be a bit more imaginative in your lets slag off the police comments- you really do not have a clue what you re talking about.
Can the " police do nothing but eat donuts" brigade think of something new to post please, it really is getting boring now, try and be a bit more imaginative in your lets slag off the police comments- you really do not have a clue what you re talking about. jill M
  • Score: 10

8:05pm Mon 7 Jul 14

rozmister says...

BIGTONE wrote:
I wonder how many of the 28 police forces provided the info requested?
They're legally obliged to provide the info under the Freedom of Information Act as long as it's not an exempt type of data which this isn't. The Freedom of Information Act isn't an optional piece of legislation...even for the police.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of the 28 police forces provided the info requested?[/p][/quote]They're legally obliged to provide the info under the Freedom of Information Act as long as it's not an exempt type of data which this isn't. The Freedom of Information Act isn't an optional piece of legislation...even for the police. rozmister
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Chukki's uncle says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Tripod wrote:
10 Incidents in 5 years for all of Dorset Police Force, shows Police are probably better behaved than most of the population.
Buy they have more inside knowledge of how to avoid behind caught.

Its an unfair comparison, plus many of their crimes ar covered up by the higher ranks to avoid bringing embarrassment on the force.

What you see in this report is the small tip of a very large iceburg.
Yawn .................
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: 10 Incidents in 5 years for all of Dorset Police Force, shows Police are probably better behaved than most of the population.[/p][/quote]Buy they have more inside knowledge of how to avoid behind caught. Its an unfair comparison, plus many of their crimes ar covered up by the higher ranks to avoid bringing embarrassment on the force. What you see in this report is the small tip of a very large iceburg.[/p][/quote]Yawn ................. Chukki's uncle
  • Score: 6

9:55pm Mon 7 Jul 14

dorsetspeed says...

rozmister wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
I wonder how many of the 28 police forces provided the info requested?
They're legally obliged to provide the info under the Freedom of Information Act as long as it's not an exempt type of data which this isn't. The Freedom of Information Act isn't an optional piece of legislation...even for the police.
Actually, they can abuse the foi system when they need to. They have done so (on a massive scale) to hide where all the driver course money goes
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of the 28 police forces provided the info requested?[/p][/quote]They're legally obliged to provide the info under the Freedom of Information Act as long as it's not an exempt type of data which this isn't. The Freedom of Information Act isn't an optional piece of legislation...even for the police.[/p][/quote]Actually, they can abuse the foi system when they need to. They have done so (on a massive scale) to hide where all the driver course money goes dorsetspeed
  • Score: -6

11:51pm Mon 7 Jul 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

jill M wrote:
Can the " police do nothing but eat donuts" brigade think of something new to post please, it really is getting boring now, try and be a bit more imaginative in your lets slag off the police comments- you really do not have a clue what you re talking about.
They like McDonald's and fish &chips a lot too.
.
Anyway we'll see when they have do to an annual fitness test soon.
.
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-27581533
[quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: Can the " police do nothing but eat donuts" brigade think of something new to post please, it really is getting boring now, try and be a bit more imaginative in your lets slag off the police comments- you really do not have a clue what you re talking about.[/p][/quote]They like McDonald's and fish &chips a lot too. . Anyway we'll see when they have do to an annual fitness test soon. . http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-27581533 HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -3
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