Hundreds of Police Disciplined for Going Rogue on Facebook

By Gary Cutlack on at

UK police are struggling to keep their work and personal lives separate, with numbers showing that over 800 have been disciplined in various ways for breaching social media guidelines since 2009.

Some of the many cases dug out by freedom of information requests include an officer who posed with his weapons in a Facebook photo, a cop who asked a woman if she wanted to be his internet friend during a house visit, and the case of a civilian staffer said to be guilty of "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet during working hours."

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Other cases involve "religiously aggressive," racist and homophobic comments appearing online from accounts of members of the UK's various forces, plus a sergeant found to have slagged off senior colleagues online. [BBC]