Po­lice prob­ing ‘in­ti­mate pic­ture of fe­male of­fi­cer’ posted on in­ter­net

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

PO­LICE have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a pri­vate im­age pur­port­ing to show a fe­male of­fi­cer was shared on­line.

The Press As­so­ci­a­tion un­der­stands that the con­sta­ble’s se­cu­rity has had to be re­viewed fol­low­ing the cir­cu­la­tion of the in­ti­mate pho­to­graph. It is not yet known how the im­age found its way onto so­cial me­dia sites.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Drew Har­ris said: “The post­ing and re-post­ing of this ma­te­rial across var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms over re­cent days has re­gret­tably re-trau­ma­tised the vic­tim in this al­ready dif­fi­cult case. It has also un­for­tu­nately im­pli­cated a sec­ond of­fi­cer er­ro­neously.

“Whilst we con­tinue to of­fer our full sup­port to both of­fi­cers, we would urge sen­si­ble and sen­si­tive re­port­ing around this mat­ter and af­ford time for an inves- tiga­tion to take place.

The PSNI con­firmed that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way, but did not pro­vide any de­tails about the na­ture of the probe.

Chief In­spec­tor Keith Jack­son said in a state­ment: “Po­lice are cur­rently work­ing to estab­lish the ori­gins of a num­ber of images posted across so­cial me­dia sites over re­cent days. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently un­der way.”

It is un­der­stood the cy­ber-se­cu­rity breach orig­i­nated on the mes­sag­ing app What­sApp.

It has since been shared more than 1,000 times.

PSNI of­fi­cers have been warned pre­vi­ously to be aware of their on­line safety to pre­vent their de­tails fall­ing into the hands of ter­ror­ists or be­com­ing a black­mail risk.

Al­though there is no of­fi­cial PSNI code of con­duct for of­fi­cers when us­ing so­cial me­dia, there is a cor­po­rate pol­icy that warns of the risks ac­com­pa­nied with on­line use.

The PSNI has also launched a num­ber of in­ter­net safety aware­ness mes­sages for the gen­eral pub­lic.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also pro­vides guid­ance on its web­site which in­cludes a warn­ing against shar­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or images with strangers or post­ing any­thing on­line that peo­ple would be unhappy to be shared, par­tic­u­larly nude or nearly nude images or videos.

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