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Derbyshire Police reveals social media gaffes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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INVESTIGATIONS into breaches of social media policy have been brought against 24 employees of Derbyshire Police in the last five years, figures have shown.

The misdemeanors, which all related to posts on social networking site Facebook, all happened between 2009 and 2011.

There have been no reported incidents since, a force spokesman told the Mail.

She added: "We take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, but we're pleased that there have been no allegations of impropriety on social media since 2011.

"Officers and police staff are regularly reminded that they need to be professional at all times either on or off duty."

Derbyshire was at the lower end of the scale in terms of the amount of complaints uncovered by a freedom of information request by the Press Association.

Of the 39 police forces which responded, Greater Manchester Police had the highest number of gaffes, with complaints made against 88 staff members. There were 74 reports against West Midands Police.

Staffordshire Constabulary was one of five forces which refused to respond to the freedom of information request, as they said it would have taken too long to process.

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