Por­terdale PD gets so­cial me­dia pol­icy

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

Even law en­force­ment em­ploy­ees have rules, and that doesn’t ex­clude what they post on Face­book, Twit­ter or any other so­cial me­dia net­work.

Por­terdale Act­ing Po­lice Chief Ja­son Cripps brought a so­cial me­dia and net­work­ing pol­icy to the City Coun­cil Tues­day evening, in an ef­fort to “out­line ex­pec­ta­tions of the Por­terdale Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers and staff mem­bers.”

“I’m just try­ing to get some poli­cies and pro­ce­dures in place to cover the de­part­ment and cover the of­fi­cers,” Cripps said.

The pol­icy states while em­ploy­ees have the right to free speech, any­thing pub­lished on some­one’s per­sonal so­cial me­dia site “should not be at­trib­uted to or ref­er­ence” the city or the po­lice de­part­ment and should not ap­pear to be en­dorsed by ei­ther.

Con­se­quences of post­ing some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate on­line, ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy, may re­sult in an of­fi­cer’s or em­ployee’s im­me­di­ate re­moval of the post and up to ter­mi­na­tion. Em­ploy­ees can­not (not all in­clu­sively): - At­tribute per­sonal post­ings to the city or po­lice de­part­ment - Dis­close con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion - Use lo­gos, sym­bols or trade­marks, etc., af­fil­i­ated with the city or po­lice de­part­ment - Post ma­te­rial that con­sti­tutes ha­rass­ment, vi­o­lates co-work­ers’ pri­vacy rights or is dis­rup­tive to the work en­vi­ron­ment Cripps said with peo­ple putting more “rant­ing and rav­ing” on so­cial me­dia, “it’s be­com­ing more and more rel­e­vant in our ev­ery­day lives” to give struc­ture to an em­ployer’s rules and reg­u­la­tions.

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