Award-winning mental health officer (@MentalHealthCop) has returned to twitter following an investigation.
West Midlands Police Inspector Michael Brown’s twitter account (@MentalHealthCop) was suspended on Friday 14th February, following allegations of inappropriate use of direct messaging and social media activity.
A professional standards investigation established that Inspector Brown accepted there had been some inappropriate use and was given some informal advice
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth (@GarryForsythWMP), Said: “I and my colleagues at West Midlands Police are proud of our social media endeavours, working closely with officers and staff to engage and communicate in new and innovative ways.
As with any organisation which communicates with the public, we have to ensure that there are parameters around the way information is shared, particular when that information can be sensitive.
I am pleased that this issue has been resolved in a speedy manner to the satisfaction of those directly involved.
It would not be fair or proportionate to release any further detail of this investigation. What I can say is that it’s time to move on and we’re looking forward to return of @MentalHealthCop.
The real issue here is communicating complex issues in an effective way. I am pleased that @MentalHealthCop will once again be providing views and comment across mental health issues.”
More than 200 Teams, departments, officers, PCSOs & Special Constables from West Midlands Police use the social media platform everyday to directly engage and communicate with the public.
You can find a copy of the West Midlands Police Social and Digital Media Policy here http://tinyurl.com/WMPSocialMediaPolicy