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Social Media Crack Down Over North Yorkshire Police


5:57am 19th August 2014

The force says the high number of investigations into how it's staff use Facebook and Twitter shows how seriously it takes the matter.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, said:

“The high number of investigations into reported breaches of the force’s social media policy reflects how seriously we take the integrity of our staff."

“Each report is thoroughly investigated by  our Professional Standards Department. If a staff member is found to have breached the standards expected of them they can expect to be dealt with appropriately."

“In the period covered by the Freedom of Information request, two employees were required to resign, with a further 10 receiving disciplinary action in the form of management advice or written warnings."

“The remainder were given suitable advice about ensuring that their personal conduct meets the highest standards expected of them."

“I would like to reassure the public that all police officers and police staff are committed to the national Code of Ethics, which provides clear guidance on the use of social media and social media networking sites.”

DCC Madgwick added:

“Used appropriately social media plays a key role in modern policing. It allows us to interact directly with the communities we serve to offer reassurance, offer advice and appeal for information about crime.”

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