An award winning inspector is being investigated for alleged misuse of his Twitter account.
West Midlands Police Inspector Michael Brown, who has won awards as a mental health officer is being investigated for alleged misuse of his Twitter account.
More than 200 Teams, departments, officers, PCSOs & Special Constables use the social media platform everyday to directly engage and communicate with the public.
Corporate Communications Department monitors all corporate use and should any inappropriate or operationally sensitive communication be identified, this will be taken up with the individual. In serious cases, the matter would be referred to the Professional Standards Department.
A spokesperson from West Midlands Police, Said: “Recent monitoring has led to the suspension of an account operated by a response inspector whose focus was on mental health policing.
Certain aspects of the officer’s communication is currently being investigated for alleged misuse of a force account and as such it would be inappropriate for the account to continue whilst further enquiries are made.
Any breaches of force policy are taken extremely seriously and will be thoroughly and professionally investigated.”
You can find a copy of the West Midlands Police Social and Digital Media Policy here http://tinyurl.com/WMPSocialMediaPolicy
ACC Garry Forsyth, said: “Our policy is intended to enable officers and staff to communicate with our communities effectively to offer an insight into our work.
It does impose some restrictions but we are, of course, an organisation that holds sensitive information so we have to ensure that there is some restraint. I also can’t imagine any organisation that would want its employees to be openly critical of it - or indeed allow it.
The policy is not intended to discourage personal perspectives and I believe a human element assists with engagement.”