NYPD Tells Its Officers to Clean Up Their Facebook Profiles

NYPD Tells Its Officers to Clean Up Their Facebook Profiles

You never know who’s looking at your Facebook profile. These days, it’s best not to assume that your online persona is secure from prying eyes. That’s doubly true for public figures, where physical safety becomes an even greater issue than the security of information. That’s why the New York City Police Department decreed last week that its officers must watch what they say on Facebook and other social networks.

It isn’t just the personal safety of the officers that could be affected by their social media presence; it’s the police work itself. “Personal social media sites may be used against them to undermine the credibility of the department, interfere with official police business, compromise ongoing investigations and affect their employment status,” the order read.

The new rule also prevents the sharing of crime scene photos on social media and forbids officers from contacting crime witnesses and victims online. As police departments turn to Facebook more and more to help them solve crimes, it makes sense that they should want to protect themselves on that same front. However, do you think it’s right for an employer to dictate to their employees what they can and can’t say or share on Facebook?

This article appears courtesy of our friends at Facecrooks.com.
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1 comments
Brandon Christison
Brandon Christison

I think they have obviously seen their officers behaving in an inappropriate manner on Facebook. The fact that they included examples such as posting crime scene photos and contacting witnesses and victims it seems they are blurring the lines, which a person in authority can’t do. Even a teacher or pastor has to be weary of “friending” a minor on Facebook. It gets awkward when you have to deny the “friend request” of a minor, but it’s something you simply should not do in our culture.

 

People always add photos of themselves doing inappropriate things without considering the consequences, or who has access to those photos now. Overall, having a list of dos and don’ts is a good thing for anyone in authority. Whether it will decrease bad behavior is hard to say, but at least you have a policy in place to have a clear reason to fire them.