Effective immediately, Albuquerque police officers will need approval from the department if they want to post anything work-related on social media websites like Facebook.
On Wednesday the Albuquerque Police Department released its new social networking policy, and the president of the police union said he’s not happy.
The four-page policy was obtained by Action7 News on Wednesday night.
“If you’re going to represent yourself as part of the city of Albuquerque Police Department, you have to be professional in doing so,” APD Sgt. Trish Hoffman said.
After APD gang unit officer Trey Economidy was caught describing his job on Facebook as “human waste disposal,” the department quickly crafted a stronger social media policy.
As of Wednesday, officers can identify themselves online as APD officers, but anything beyond that needs department approval. All photos depicting APD must be approved by the police chief, and vulgar posts or posts that detail investigations may result in verbal reprimands or termination.
Effective immediately, Albuquerque police officers will need approval from the department if they want…
by Tactical-Life.com / Mar 17, 2011