Police officers posting pictures of the public online

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1988
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Recently five Metropolitan Police Officers were sacked for taking photographs of members of the public, posting them online and making disrespectful comments about them. What steps have been taken to prevent such instances from happening again?

Answer

Answer for Police officers posting pictures of the public online

Answer for Police officers posting pictures of the public online

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS have a rolling program of training, which provides a clear message to police officers and staff about unacceptable and inappropriate usage of social media. Programmes are targeted at new recruits, newly promoted supervisors and the wider borough based line managers.

The presentations provide explicit detail of case examples to reinforce clear standards and expectations. This message has been further reinforced across the MPS via an article on the intranet to inform all staff of the implications of social media use.